Explore the Beauty and History of France


Rich in not only its history but also in its incredible beauty, France is a country worth visiting. Between a language that's luxurious and commonly used in the fashion and beauty industries to exquisite works of art and architecture, France is one of the most highly desired vacation spots. With famous people like Marie Curie, Louis Pasteur, Voltaire, and Monet once calling it home, France has greatly contributed to the world's collections of science, art, and music. Also, one cannot forget France's enormous gift to the world of culinary delights. Including its creations of many fantastical desserts like macarons and éclairs, France is incredibly well-known for making some of the tastiest pastries and confectioneries in existence. For those who love to embrace their creative side and for those who wish to see a place where its history melds seamlessly with its modern culture, France is the perfect destination to visit.

The Best Places to Stay

France's lodging choices are plentiful and nearly endless. To name a few, Paris, the French Riviera, Marseille, and Bordeaux are wonderful places to stay, each with their own alluring charms. In Paris, one can stay at the Maison Souquet, the Hotel Monge, or, if one wishes to have extremely luxurious accommodations, the Peninsula Paris. Each hotel comes with its own unique quality, such as being close to Moulin Rouge, having a rooftop restaurant, or being near the Latin Quarter.

In Bordeaux, there are winery hotels, fancy châteaus nestled near expansive vineyards, and even castles one can book for an evening. For those looking for more of a seaside escape, the French Riviera offers extravagant resorts as well as more economical choices like Holiday Inn and Best Western. The French Riviera is also home to Nice, an artist's dream getaway with many fine hotels. Lastly, Marseille, an urban city full of rather inexpensive hotels but with many amazing sights to see, is a top destination. Marseille is a bustling center of France, even offering many rooms for rent by local homeowners for those who wish to have a cozier home away from home.

Exciting Activities to Try

For those going to France, going to Disneyland Paris is one of the most fun things to do. Including attractions like Alice's Curious Labyrinth, the castle of Sleeping Beauty, and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Disneyland Paris is great for taking the kids to. Also, there are live shows, scheduled events throughout the year, restaurants, and many shopping opportunities. There's even a golf course and spas for the parents.

If visiting in the winter, Morzine is a top destination for skiing and snowboarding. The British Alpine Ski School and Mint Snowboarding both offer lessons for students of all levels, ensuring the whole family can participate in the winter activities. In the summer, Morzine is an ideal spot for bicycling. With its rural location and being passed through for the Tour de France in previous years, bicyclists can try their hand at being true athletes in the beautiful French countryside.

Lastly, and perhaps the most exciting thing to do in France, is to go to cabarets. Full of dancing, humor, and over-the-top costumes, cabarets are a must for adults to see. Shows can be found at the Moulin Rouge, the Crazy Horse, and at La Nouvelle Eve in Paris. It's a night of wild entertainment and fantastic champagne, ending not until the sun rises.

Sights You Can't Miss

Home to the Medici Fountain, the Luxembourg Gardens are an absolutely exquisite sight to see. For those needing relaxation, the gardens are perfect to sit and enjoy some of France's finest blooms in the afternoon sunshine. Visitors can also watch others take pony rides through the gardens.

Perhaps obvious choices, but still vital ones to see in France, is that of visiting the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. With history so heavily ingrained in these two locations, one cannot miss seeing them. Usually unknown about the Louvre, it doesn't just house old paintings. The museum is also home to many sculptures and even offers the Tactile Gallery, a place where visitors are allowed to touch pieces of art. The Louvre also offers many different types of tours in multiple languages, making it very accessible for people from all backgrounds.

Finally, for architecture buffs, the Notre-Dame and the Arc de Triomphe are fantastic to see. Renowned for its Gothic styling, the Notre-Dame is an incredibly old cathedral that offers guided tours and beautiful stained glass windows. Standing over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, it is a beautiful historic landmark. Visitors are welcome to journey to the top of the Arc to see the sights.