A guide to the wonderful city of Toulouse

A guide to the wonderful city of Toulouse

Toulouse is a very attractive city located in the Haute-Garonne department, in southwestern France. It is situated about 590 km away from Paris, lying on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Toulouse was the capital of the province of Languedoc. It is now the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region and also of the Haute-Garonne department. There are dozens of attractions and things to do in the wonderful city of Toulouse. Ranging from so... [ read more ]

5 road trip ideas in France

5 road trip ideas in France

The road trip often sounds like the typical American travel activity, and one of the most emblematic ones at that! Surely many travelers have grown up with and still love various road trip movies, most of which are set on the open highways of the US. But America is not the only place in the world where great road trips are to be had, and France is one of the best examples in this case. Although France won't give you months of driving (unless you're OK with driving in a loop!), there are many... [ 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 ]

Top 5 flea markets in France

Top 5 flea markets in France

For antiquarians, collectors of antiquities or people who like old things better than new ones, France is a genuine treasure trove. Flea markets, or marchés aux puces, are widespread throughout the country, and it's more difficult to find a town that doesn't regularly host one than a town which does. Some flea markets are weekly affairs, where locals and visitors gather usually on weekends to display their wares or browse through everything from forgotten treasures to ordinary junk. Whether you... [ read more ]

Shopping vacations in France

Shopping vacations in France

France is the country of great food, rich museums, beautiful landscapes and other attractions - but at the same time, is the place where every shopping addict dreams of going. France practically invented haute-couture, and many of the world's leading designers and fashion houses are located in France. Want to go on a memorable shopping spree in the land of Coco Chanel or Gaultier, of antiques and art galleries? There are lots of places that you can visit, because France is, predictably enough, a... [ read more ]

The best luxury restaurants in France

The best luxury restaurants in France

France is a beautiful country with so much to see, but all that sightseeing and wonder can make you really hungry. And that's when  you can encounter another one of France's attractions: the cuisine. French cuisine can be enjoyed in many forms: at the market, sampling cheeses, mustards, wines and other tidbits, at a small eatery trying out the every-day food, and of course, at fancy restaurants, where the true haute cuisine comes to light. It will cost you, but you'll remember the taste and the... [ read more ]