Do people still want to go to France? Well, the answer is a resounding yes! It’s still the most popular tourist destination in the world, and with its breadth (and bread) it’s not hard to see why. The sheer amount of culture, cuisine, and cabernet sauvignon you can find will require a few lifetimes to get through. There is always something new about France every time you go back, and that is the big secret to its enduring appeal. The weather, unlike Greece, remains at a respectable temperature, making it a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. But for those that have never sampled the delights, what are the three main things to get you over there?
What better way is there to pass the time than by sitting on the banks of one of France’s beautiful rivers? Or by going on one of the many river cruises in France up the Burgundy, either relaxing on the deck with a nice glass of red and soaking up some of the sun, or just enjoying a little breeze while thinking about absolutely nothing. The views of France, from the banks of the Seine to the romantic hub that is the Eiffel Tower, and everything in between, you’ve got a wide variety to choose from.
If you are one of those rare breeds that uses food for fuel rather than enjoying the delicate flavors, you probably shouldn’t go to France, because everything about France’s culture you can sample through its diverse and beautiful food. You can spend the whole day sampling the delights of one small French town or just by setting up shop at a local restaurant and take in the wonderful scenery, all while enjoying tasty pastries for breakfast, pate for lunch, and pom frites as part of your evening meal. Or if you want to see the sights on foot, you can head to a street market and purchase some cheese, bread, and some obligatory wine before sitting down in a park to fuel up ahead of your afternoon taking in the culture.
The Art and Culture
When you think of France, you think of its rich cultural heritage. And from Impressionist painters like Claude Monet to existentialist writers like Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, France probably boasts the finest collection of creative minds in the world. You can head to the Giverny house and gardens which were the inspiration for many of Monet’s works, or if you prefer the modern painters, there are places like the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art based in Nice. And, of course, the Louvre, which is probably the greatest museum in the world, which doesn’t just have works from the French, but contains art from across the world.
This is merely skimming the surface of what France has to offer. But if you like the relaxed pace of life, combined with the most luxurious views in all of Europe, then it’s time to get yourself on the next flight.