June 12, 2017

Musings: Oh La La*

France! What does that say to you? The land of fashion, amazing food, beautiful landscapes and thousands of vineyards. France is a popular destination, but you might be indecisive about it being your next getaway. Don’t be! France is a fantastic place to visit, and you should certainly pay a visit. Here are a few reasons why I would like to go back and explore. 

 

1 – The Catacombs

The catacombs are unique to France – but the idea of an ossuary isn’t. However, France do it the creepiest and the best. I refrained from doing this tour after watching As Above, So Below BUT I hear it amazing. If you’re clasutrophibic like me, you may want to give this a miss. However, it is recommending to get a tour guide to take you into the Catacombs – in deepest darkest Paris. If you get lost, thanks for reading.,

 

2 – Accessibility… 

France is one of the most accessible places on the planet. From London, you have plenty of ways to get there, from flying, Eurostar, coach and driving. Charles De Gaulle is the Paris equivalent to Heathrow or Gatwick and you easily  can get in through flights and Jettly. As for staying overnight? You’ve got options from budget to bouji, there are plenty of cute hotels like the Hotel Ares Eiffel to pure luxury like the Shangri La. I personally recommend the Novotel by the Eiffel Tower or the boutique Rudyard Kipling hotel in the Moulin Rouge area.  

3 – The Language

French is known as the language of love and if you’re willing to put the time in and learn a few phrases, it’ll make you feel a little more settled getting around the city. I recommend using Duolingo to get started and if you can get a grasp of the language, you’ll be appreciated, and you’ll also sound tres cool. If you want to take it an little more seriously, an intensive course can be found at Lutece Langue in the heart of Paris.

 

4 – The Food

France is the land of bistro – that means high-quality, yet casual dining on the corners of streets. What’s more – each area of France has a specialty. The creamy, rich sauces of Normandy to the coastal seafood of Provence, each area has its own flavour. Le Chapon Fin in Bordeaux excels with this regional cooking identity – while you can enjoy incredible light delights at Le Cafe de Paris; supposedly the place where my guilty pleasure, the crepe suzette was invented. If you’re after unique, why not head to the basement dining experience of the romantic La Boheme in Toulouse? No matter where you are – try the Coq au Vin, it’s a rich dish yearning to be ordered. Let me know how you get on… *daydreams* 

5 – Art

Mona Lisa. Nike of Samothrace. The Seated Scribe. What do these timeless pieces of art have in common? They are situated within the halls of Paris’ world famous Louvre Museum – the largest museum in the world. While the Louvre is worth a visit, Musée de l’Orangerie  contains some of Monet’s work, where the Palais des Beaux Arts in Lille contains some of Rembrandt’s finest art. My only regret is not going in, but taking photos outside instead…

6 – The Buildings

It’s not just art on the page, paper, and stone – France plays host to some of the most amazing buildings and monuments in world history. From the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe – there is a lot in this country to take your breath away – even in the day to day buildings and architecture you’ll find on the streets of Paris to the boulevards of Nice.

7 – Wine

The UK may not be the biggest wine drinkers, but I am. But when in Rome… in this case, wine country… It tastes better than your local off licenses speciality and of course some of the best produce is from France.  Of course, it’s not just the tastebuds – France’s Vineyards, like La Source des Fées in Burgundy. will take your breath away!

Are you planning a trip to France anytime soon? 

Char xo

Please note, this is a collaborative post.

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