A short guide to Corsica

A short guide to Corsica

Throughout known history, Corsica has passed through more hands than many other luckier European regions. Corsica has belonged the Italian city states of Pisa and Genoa, and finally ended up under French rule in 1768, but although it was conquered repeatedly, it was never subdued, they say. The homeland of Napoleon Bonaparte is often called the Island of Beauty, and this nickname is by no means undeserved. Visiting Corsica is not like visiting any other French department, because as French a... [ read more ]

How to order coffee in Paris

How to order coffee in Paris

One of the greatest pleasures of going to Paris is sipping coffee in pavement cafes, watching the heady rhythm of Parisian life rush past you. But if you've read Stephen Clarke's irreverent portrayal of Parisians in his memoirs A year in the merde, you might already suspect that ordering a coffee in a French cafe without knowing any French can be a difficult endeavor. French coffee is delicious and you will likely enjoy it very much, as long as you manage to figure out how to ask for what yo... [ read more ]

Top 5 gourmet destinations in France

Top 5 gourmet destinations in France

If you like food, then you have probably gone to at least a few French restaurants in your life. However, if you love food and you make no compromises on the subject of your dinner, then give yourself a present and pamper your taste-buds...in France. France is a gourmet paradise that doesn't come cheap, but all that it has on the menu is classy, elegant and delicious. Restaurants are not the only place where you can find delicacies in France - you can visit farms, vineyards, markets and fest... [ read more ]

The most glamorous restaurants in Lyon

The most glamorous restaurants in Lyon

Lyon is often overlooked by tourists who flock to the much more famous attractions and in-your-face charm of Paris, and this is why many people miss out on some of the best experiences you can have in France. Lyon is smaller than the capital, that's true, but it is also less crowded, has less tourist traps and is generally more concerned with pleasing itself than pleasing visitors. The riveting old town of Lyon is a treasure trove of historical and cultural attractions, and the city on the whole... [ read more ]

The most unusual foods in France and where to eat them

The most unusual foods in France and where to eat them

France has a world-famous cuisine, and dishes like quiche lorraine, ratatouille or bouillabaisse have become popular all over the world, and even the slightly weirder variety, like the escargot, has gained some serious ground outside of France. But French cuisine is incredibly varied, and there are loads of regional dishes that would sound plain strange to anyone who hasn't encountered them before. So if you travel outside of Paris, it is worth checking out what bizarre foods are traditional... [ read more ]

Top 5 bistros in Paris

Top 5 bistros in Paris

Bistros are not anything unusual, and they can be found practically anywhere in the world's cities and towns. But few people know that bistros were invented by Parisians. As as with most things, the best bistros can be found in their hometown, the city of love, Paris. The Parisian bistros was a small restaurant serving affordable homecooked meals, evolved in the basement of boarding houses. Today, the bistro has kept its cozy and familiar atmosphere, but not always the simplicity and affordabili... [ read more ]

The most interesting literary haunts in Paris

The most interesting literary haunts in Paris

Paris has long been an inspiration for countless writers, both French and foreign for their work. Paris is a literary city in every sense of the word: it was the setting for many literary masterpieces, and it has also been an artist's city where writers and poets have come to find their muses and to pen their oeuvres. If you visit Paris, you will chance upon many places where artists have spent time or have written about, and many of these venues are celebrated for this. Sip a cup of cafe au... [ read more ]

The most interesting traditional French dishes

The most interesting traditional French dishes

French cuisine is famous worldwide, and countless upscale restaurants compete when it comes to producing the daintiest, tastiest, most exquisite French dishes. But traditional French cuisine can be quite different from what you find on your plate at an expensive restaurant. Instead of the small, intricate portions that you usually get in these restaurants, the traditional dishes served up by small, family restaurants or local eateries are heartier and sometimes even stranger than their upsca... [ read more ]

Tips for budget saving in France

Tips for budget saving in France

France is not a cheap country, but that’s only natural, considering that its attractions are not cheap in any sense of the word. So can a country where even the pavement is stylish be visited on the cheap? This seemingly impossible task is can be accomplished with the help of a few handy tricks and some useful pieces of info that might not be very obvious, especially for people who don’t speak French. So if you feel that our budget is not really up for a trip to France, then maybe after read... [ read more ]

A budget guide to Lyon

A budget guide to Lyon

There's much that can be said about Lyon: third largest city in France, gastronomic and historical center, the birthplace of the cinema. And most importantly, Lyon is a great, if sometimes overlooked destination which can be visited on a budget more easily than Paris, for example. If you want to experience big-city life in France for little money, Lyon is probably one of your best bets. So if you're prepared to see as much of this beautiful city as your time allows you, here's a budget guide to ... [ read more ]