A Francophile’s guide to France

23rd June 2019

France has been one of my favourite places to visit over the years. The country is clean, filled with wonderful landscapes and has a standard of living that I like to enjoy. Plus, you don’t have to run around to find a group of like-minded health freaks either, making yoga practice very easy.

One of the questions I get asked is about the best destinations to travel in France this summer. Keeping this in mind, I wanted to give you a list of the places in France that make for a wonderful vacation spot.

Paris

The headquarters of artists and fashion designers from all over the world makes for a wonderful tourist attraction too. One of my favourite places to be in is at the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is thriving despite the disaster that occurred recently. Of course, going to the Eiffel tower, and partaking food as you view its magnificence is something that you can’t afford to miss either.

If you love art and culture, “The Louvre” contains some of the most extensively and carefully curated collections of historical artefacts and artworks in the world. However, my personal favourite tends to be the Musee d’Orsay, housed in an old railway station, the beautiful museum has beautiful artworks from the French masters.

Once you’ve visited the museums, make your way to the Latin Quarters. One of the world’s foremost book melas this is the place you’d want to splurge a bit of money in. It’s splendid for old books and has wonderful collections.

End your days here with a visit to a cafe. Enjoy talking with the locals and getting into vicious debates about philosophy. Most cafes here are also well-stocked in all kinds of keto and other options for helping people on a diet. These are in my book the best things to do in Paris.

Provence

Paris tends to tire you out with the city and the way life moves there. Provence is the sunflower-filled antidote to the grimy Paris in that regard. The hillscapes and the wonderful landscapes making for wonderful trekking destinations is something that you wouldn’t want to miss for anyone’s sake. With olive groves, sunflower fields and a landscape that looks more like a straight-up painting, Provence allows you to lead an idyllic life for a moment or two.

You can check out the Aix-en-Provence to find some of the best culinary options with the outdoor cafes. Go ahead and enjoy the old seaport of Marseilles too. The city is a quieter version of Paris, but, is much more familiar to me now.

Provence is also close to the French Alps, which offer some of the best ways to trek and enjoy yourselves in the summers.

French Riviera

Cote d’Azur is one of the best places in the world if you wish to party. The quiet life at Nice would make you forget that the city is one of the largest cities in France. Go to the old quarter and you can roam through the city by foot alone, the squares being the main attractions and holding onto the old architectures. Make sure to go to Cannes. Though Cannes can tend to get very expensive over time, it’s also one of the towns which are so nestled in glitz and glamour that it can make you feel like you’re a Queen.

When should you visit

There really isn’t a bad time to visit France. No matter when you choose to visit this gloriously kaleidoscopic country, the sheer palette of colours and experiences will leave you craving so much more. That being said, it still is a good idea to know which months make up the peak times to visit the country because the better the weather, the more you get to enjoy it. While a lot of people recommend visiting France in the summer, it might not actually be a good idea if you are planning on getting the tan on. Sudden April showers tend to make appearances all over the country, extending as far as Cote d’Azur. So, you might need to wait till the month of May and October before you can actually get to laze by the pool and bask in the sun. The days are way longer during those months too so you can sunbathe for longer.

The peak tourist seasons in France usually include all the summer months, from the month of July to August. But get ready to deal with hordes of tourists looking to experience the beauty and glamour of France just like you do.

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