The most popular summer destinations in France

The most popular summer destinations in France

Summer is fast approaching, so where will you be when the dog days finally arrive? If you are planning on traveling to (or sticking around) Europe, then look no further than France. The most stylish country on the planet is a favorite summer destination for regular travelers, backpackers and luxury travelers alike, and don't be surprised to glimpse even a celebrity or two while you're there! Summer in France can be calm and laid back or chaotic and fun, depending on where you travel. But eve... [ read more ]

Etretat, Normandy's coastal gem

Etretat, Normandy’s coastal gem

Long before it became famous for its WWII battles, Normandy has been one of the most famous and perhaps least understood corners of France. Since the early Middle Ages, Normandy has been the site for historical events that changed the shape of European history, it has been home to some of the most celebrated artists in France, and last but not least, the place where some of the most incredible natural wonders of France can be found. Wherever you go in Normandy, every little town or village w... [ read more ]

The best cafes in Paris

The best cafes in Paris

Paris's cafe culture is one of the most interesting parts of the city's identity, and one that you can hardly escape. Small cafes dot the Parisian landscapes like flowers in a field, providing refuge from rainy weather and snow in the colder months, and a spot of shade and a cool drink in the heat of summer. Paris is famous for its pavement cafes, its literary cafes, and dark, smoky cafes where all the customers know each other by name. Most Parisians have their favorite corners for an after... [ read more ]

Top 5 attractions in Marseille

Top 5 attractions in Marseille

Marseille, France's premier port city, one of the oldest settlements in the country and the setting of various important historical events, is one of the brightest gems of the French riviera, and not just because it has great food and lovely weather. Travelers who like to get some sightseeing done will have their work cut out for them in Marseille, the city where tourist attractions small and large lurk behind every corner. Even if you don't know the first thing about Marseille, just taking ... [ read more ]

Top 5 sights in Marseille

Top 5 sights in Marseille

Paris is touted as France's cultural melting pot, but in truth the title of the oldest and most diverse city in France can easily go to Marseille. Ever since the city was founded by Greeks in 600 BC, Massalia, or present day Marseille has been a mix and match of nationalities and cultures from all over Europe. Today, Marseille is strongly Provençal Popularity, but with many North African and other influences, as befitting a bustling port city where ships dock from all over the world. And in... [ read more ]

The traveler's guide to Marseille

The traveler’s guide to Marseille

Marseille is the second largest city in France, and the country's busiest port at the Mediterranean, but this is no seaside copy of the capital - Marseille has a personality of its own, and a very obvious one at that. Marseille has been a port for millennia: it was founded in 600 BC as a Greek colony, and it hasn't stopped being a port since then. Marseille is infused with a typically Mediterranean joy of living, French poise and sense of style, and the warmth of North Africa. From a tourist... [ read more ]

The picturesque port cities of France

The picturesque port cities of France

France has a rich maritime history, and at some point in the past, French fleets could easily rival any one of the most powerful fleets in the world. The French built colonies across seas and oceans, fought battles on water, and developed a considerable fishing industry. But the bottom line is that there are quite a few port towns scattered over the coasts of France, some of them centuries and millennia old. If you've ever dreamed of sailing on the high seas, or if you're just fascinated by ... [ read more ]

5 reasons to spend your summer in southern France

5 reasons to spend your summer in southern France

There is still time until summer, but many travelers who don't winter or the cold (especially if you live in a temperate region) are proebably already dreaming of their summer getaways. Since a lot of people who don't have much time on their hands during the year take time off work in summer, many of the more popular tourist destinations in France tend to be extremely crowded in summer. People from the city flock to the countryside and to the Azure Coast, and at the peak of the summer holida... [ read more ]

Top 5 ice-skating rinks in France

Top 5 ice-skating rinks in France

In France, summer is the season when everyone leaves cities and retreats the countryside, but in winter, towns and cities turn into bustling, lively urban paradises, even when the temperature drops below zero. Whether or not there's a  blanket of snow covering France, ice skating rinks open all over the country in winter. Some outdoor rinks function only in winter, while the indoors rinks that operate all year round become more crowded than ever. Skating is quite a popular pastime among the... [ read more ]

The most fascinating carousels in Paris

The most fascinating carousels in Paris

For children, carousels are downright magical:rotating cicrles laden with horses, magical beings and other creatures, turning round and round. From an adult's point of view, carousels are not quite the same, but that doesn't mean that they are not interesting, from an esthetic perspective at least. Carousels are also festive, colorful and capable of giving off a great atmosphere, especially at night! If you are an admirer of carousels, be they vintage or new, and even if you simply feel like... [ read more ]