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Things To Do in France

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  • Going to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Strolling the great Parisian boulevards
  • The climb from Montmartre to Paris
  • See the Gothic buildings on the Île de la Cité, in particular the Sainte-Chapelle and Notre-Dame
  • You can admire world-famous works of art at the Louvre or visit the equally impressive Musée d’Orsay, housed in a former railway station.
  • Discover the modern architecture of the La Défense business district
  • Check out the Parc de la Villette Science Museum and the other strange attractions gathered there.
  • Walk along the Promenade Plantée in Paris on an old railway viaduct
  • See the magnificent but very busy Palace of Versailles
  • Take the TGV, the train that holds the speed record for a conventional train (wheels on rails), from Paris to Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg or Lille.
  • See the “D-Day beaches” of Normandy
  • Climb to the top of Mont Saint Michel
  • Discover Chartres Cathedral
  • Experience the silence of Alsace
  • Sunbathing on the beaches of the Côte d’Azur

Classical music

Like its German and Italian neighbours, France is known for having a very strong tradition of classical music. French composers who are well-known in classical music circles and even to many members of the general public include Lully, Rameau, Berlioz, Fauré, Gounod, Debussy, Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Massenet, Delibes and Messiaen. Even if you have never heard of these composers, it is likely that you already know their compositions to some degree, as some of these pieces have found their way into popular culture and are often heard in commercials and film scores.

France is famous for its ballets, and most of the modern terms used by ballerinas are of French origin. French composers have, not surprisingly, contributed to many scores of famous ballets. To this day, the Paris Opera Ballet is one of the most famous ballet companies in the world.

French opera is also considered one of the greatest lyrical traditions in Europe. During the Baroque period, when Italian opera conquered much of Europe, it never gained a foothold in France. There, the French developed their own unique lyrical tradition, thanks in part to the Italian Jean-Baptiste Lully (born Giovanni Battista Lulli), who was hired for this purpose by Louis XIV. In the 19th century, new styles of French opera emerged, such as the Grand Opéra, which combined opera and ballet in a single performance. In fact, even foreign composers such as Rossini, Verdi and Meyerbeer are known for their contribution to the French opera scene. Another genre of opera that developed in France in the 19th century was the operetta, essentially a comic opera with light music and light themes, created by the German-born composer Jacques Offenbach. For those who want to see French opera, the Paris Opera remains one of the leading opera houses in the world, although there are also good operas in some small towns.

Spectator sports

The most popular team sports in France (but not necessarily in this order) are rugby, football and handball (European/team/Olympic), with strong national competition and a national team that has won six Nations, World Cups and European Championships and is generally recognised worldwide.

How To Travel To France

By plane Flights to/from Paris The main international airport, Roissy - Charles de Gaulle (IATA: CDG), is probably your point of entry if you arrive in France by plane from outside Europe. CDG is the headquarters of Air France (AF), the national airline, for most intercontinental flights. AF and the SkyTeam...

How To Travel Around France

By plane The following airlines offer domestic flights in France: Air France has the largest domestic network in FranceHOP!, a subsidiary of Air France, operates domestic flights with smaller aircraft than Air France.easyJet, a low-cost airline, has the second largest domestic network in FranceRyanair, another low-cost airline, mainly serves secondary airports.Volotea...

Visa & Passport Requirements for France

Minimum validity of travel documents• EU, EEA and Swiss nationals, as well as third-country nationals who are exempt from the visa requirement (e.g. New Zealanders and Australians), only need to present a passport valid for the entire stay in France.• However, other nationals subject to visa requirements (e.g. South...

Tourism in France

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Weather & Climate in France

The climate in France is generally favourable to cultivation. Most of France is located in the southern part of the temperate zone, although the subtropical zone includes its southern edge. The whole of France is under the influence of oceanic influences, tempered by the North Atlantic drift in the...

Accommodation & Hotels in France

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Things To See in France

When you think of France, you may picture the emblematic Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe or the famous smile of the Mona Lisa. You may think of drinking coffee in the lively Parisian cafés where great intellectuals once lingered, or eating croissants in a local bistro in a...

Food & Drinks in France

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Money & Shopping in France

Vacations Many French people take their holidays in August. Therefore, outside the tourist areas, many small shops (butchers, bakeries...) will be closed for part of August. This applies to many businesses as well as doctors. In tourist areas, shops are naturally more likely to be open when tourists come, especially...

Festivals & Holidays in France

Holidays in France French public holidays are based on the major Catholic holidays, with the exception of Good Friday, which is only celebrated in the prefecture of Alsace. Although most of them are movable, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary always falls on 15 August, All Saints' Day on 1...

Internet & Communications in France

Phone numbers To call a French number from abroad, dial: international dialling code + 33 + local number without the leading 0, for example: +33 2 47 66 41 18. All French numbers have 10 digits. The first two digits are: 01 for Paris Region02 for the North West03 for the North-East04...

Language & Phrasebook in France

French is the official language of France as well as some of its neighbouring countries, is a working language of the United Nations and is the official language of some 270 million people worldwide. Any tourist who does not make a little effort to speak French is missing out...

Traditions & Customs in France

In the restaurant In French restaurants, as in other parts of Europe, it is considered rude to put your elbows on the table, but it is also considered rude to leave food on your plate or to put your hand on your lap while eating. When consuming drinks such as...

Culture Of France

France has been a centre of Western cultural development for centuries. Many French artists were among the most famous of their time, and France is still known worldwide for its rich cultural tradition. Successive political regimes have always encouraged artistic creation, and the creation of the Ministry of Culture in...

History Of France

Prehistory (before the 6th century BC) The oldest traces of human life in what is now France date back about 1.8 million years, when humans were confronted with a harsh and changeable climate marked by several ice ages. The first homonids led a life as nomadic hunter-gatherers. In France there...

Stay Safe & Healthy in France

Stay safe in France Crime Crime-related emergencies can be reported by calling the toll-free number 17 or 112 (European emergency number). The law enforcement agencies are the National Police in urban areas and the National Gendarmerie in rural areas, although some towns and villages also have a municipal police (Police Municipale)...

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