Planning Your Trip to France

Planning and preparing well for your trip to France makes all the difference in maximizing your visit. PLANNING Plan the “skeleton” first. The most time-sensitive tasks, then you can fill in the rest. If you are only just beginning to plan your trip and you’re doing it yourself without the help of a tour company First,  Plan your flight or flights Second, book your hotels. Lock these in at least 4 months in advance for the best choices and prices Third, book…

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Festivals Around France

Whatever time of year you visit France, there will be a festival happening somewhere. Even in the dead of winter, you’ll find a festive gathering, such as a music festival or a Christmas market. Here’s a summary of festivals in France throughout the year! Mid-February: If you’re near Nice, check out the Carnaval. In 2019 it’s Feb. 16-28. If you like over-the-top floats, entertainment, and animation…and crowds, this is for you. Have a look at this video to get the…

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What do the French Eat at Christmas?

(See holiday recipe below!) The whole world instinctively understands that French cuisine is synonymous with delicious and elegant food. At holiday time, all the stops are pulled and holiday food rises to a new level. Usually, Christmas Eve is a more important time for gathering and eating than Christmas Day itself. This is called the réveillon de Noël. The Réveillon (without Noël) usually refers to New Year’s Eve. People send holiday cards to wish friends and family a Happy New…

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Driving in France: What You Need to Know

At some point in your France travels you’ll likely want to rent a car. Driving in France is helpful for getting to those out-of-the-way detours in Brittany or Provence, and you certainly don’t want to miss those. And with a car, you aren’t bound by train schedules, as practical as they are. Before you hit the road, you should know the following LEGAL and PRACTICAL tips for driving in France. Legal You must be 18 years old to drive in…

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Living in France

Reasons to live in France There are several reasons you might want to live in France for a while. You’ll be in good company: Over 4 million foreigners live there, about 30,000 of whom are Americans, with a third of these in Paris. Your company can transfer you there for a month, two, or more. You may study abroad. You may have a short-term assignment with a nonprofit, such as a ministry or other charity, you could be an au…

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Studying French in France

Everyone knows the best way to learn a language is to live in the country. But maybe you aren’t able to pull up roots and move to France so you can practice with the locals and pick up new vocabulary words on a daily basis. What if you could do this on a short-term basis? A week or two, a summer, a year? You could take a language vacation, for example, that enables you to learn French in the mornings…

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