When you think of France, chances are, visions of the Eiffel Tower and quaint French bistro cafes come to mind first. France is a large country with a proud and illustrious history. It is the largest country in the European Union, and third largest in Europe, behind Russia and the Ukraine.
The landscape is incredible. On the northern shore is the North Sea while the English Channel is just a tad northwest. The Bay of Biscay and Atlantic Ocean are to the west, while the Mediterranean Sea is on the southeast. The weather offers everything from snow in the mountains to warm, gorgeous Mediterranean beaches along the French Riviera.
It has been the most visited country in the world for over 20 years and should be on everyone’s bucket list! I absolutely LOVE France and will be happy to share with you my knowledge and expertise of this beautiful part of the world.
France is the #1 most popular vacation destination in the world for over 20 years! It’s truly incredible!
From charming bed and breakfasts to opulent luxurious 5-star hotels, there is no shortly of accommodations!
French cooking classes, wine tastings, shopping, nightlife, and museums are just some of the awesome experiences of France.
Be prepared to experience the most amazing cuisine you have ever eaten! French food and wines are the best!
The City of Lights – And More!
There are so many things to do throughout France. The capital city of Paris ranks the number 1 tourist destination in the world. France museums and monuments are some of the most famous:
Arc de Triomphe
Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre
Palace of Versailles (about a 40 minute drive west of Paris)
The French Riviera is next in popularity. It’s the playground for the wealthy, with gorgeous beaches and plenty of exciting parties. Nice, Cannes, Saint Tropez, and Antibes are the most popular.
CHRISTMAS IN PARIS!
Paris is magical any day of the year – but there is something incredibly special about spending a Christmas in Paris.
The French are a very proud and loyal people. While I have never had an issue asking questions in France, there are a few things to keep in mind when asking for help. For one, it is very rude to the French to assume everyone speaks English. If you do, most French will turn around and ignore you.
What I found useful is to be kind, and appreciative. When needing assistance, I might walk up to a stranger on the street and say “Pardon” – (sorry), and give a nod and then say “Bonjour”, which is “hello”. WIth an innocent, coy look on my face, I would say “Parlez-vous anglais” – which is “Do you speak English?” I found most French would then giggle and say “oui” or “yes”. This comes in super handy when trying to navigate Paris and ask for directions, or any other question!
Accommodations throughout France vary as with most other charming European countries. Boutique Hotels are very popular. These smaller hotels normally have anywhere from 15-30 rooms. This provides a friendly, family atmosphere, and an experience that you will remember for years to come.
French Bed and Breakfasts, or chambres d’hotes, are another very popular type of accommodation. Of course breakfast is included as well as a chance to meet the owners, or other locals in what can be described as nothing less than absolutely magical.
France certainly has its share of 5-star luxury hotels. Whether you’re visiting Paris, the French Riviera, or ski resorts in the Alps, I’ll be happy to assist you with complete details of properties that provide exquisite accommodations and luxurious amenities for your stay.
Where do we begin? France offers so much to see, do, and experience it’s overwhelming. Of course in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is a must, as well as the Louvre Museum.
If music excites you, attend a chamber music concert in Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. The experience is mind blowing. Sainte-Chapelle is a gothic, medieval church on the Ile de la Cité and was built in the mid-1200’s. The stained glass windows are stunning and add even more to the experience!
How about a cooking class in Cordon Bleu, a world-renowned culinary and hospitality school in Paris. There are both full day and half day courses so you will need to book these well in advance.
There are many other things to see and do. I’d be happy to discuss these with you!
There is so much to say about the culinary experiences one will enjoy when visiting France. The French are known for so many wonderful dishes it’s hard to know where to begin.
French pastries are at the top of the list! Croissants, eclairs, canneles, macaroons, and Creme Brulee are just a few. French has a love for cheese. The best Roquefort and Brie and French, as well as popular goat cheeses. Spread that on a warm baguette and it’s a slice of heaven!
The French are known for their rich sauces and savory dishes, and their love for wine. I’ll be happy to share my knowledge and experiences with you about everything culinary.