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Paris for the Indie Traveler

Paris for the Indie Traveler
Traveling to Paris? It’s been labelled the most beautiful, romantic, fashionable, cultural, artistic, delicious, and expensive city in the world. Where do you start? For a city that’s been stereotyped so much over time, it really is about throwing yourself right in, being willing to walk (a lot!) Paris Seasons Mild and moderately wet, Paris’ yearly average temperature is just under 55F (12 C), going below 32F (0C) in winter and over 85F (30C) in the summer. Spring (Mar- May) is when Paris is beautifully colourful and alive, but expensive and crowded.Summer (Jun-Aug) is when locals leave the city for visitors, encouraging festivals, events, and a hike in prices.Fall (Sept- Nov) is when prices dip, locals return to business, but outdoor activities draw to a close as the nights turn dark and cold.Winter (Dec- Feb) is perpetually rainy and cold with short days, but it’s also a magical time as Paris lights up beautifully for the festivities and prices remain low. Accommodation in Paris

100 French Food/Drink Words and Phrases It's Bastille Day! If only your 10th grade French teacher had taught you what you really need to know — impressing that special someone at the restaurant where you’re maxing out your credit card. Don’t let that stop you though, because what they say is true: France is a haven for food and wine enthusiasts of all levels, and French cuisine is a palate-expanding experience everyone should have. Try out some of my extensive choice vocabulary for avoiding snails, raw beef and frogs’ legs (although why would you want to?) or honing the basics for customizing your steak-frites and procuring the right water. Yes, you read that correctly. Drinking Avec des glaçons: On the rocks La biére: Beer Une bouteille: A bottle Le café: Coffee (typically Espresso) Une crafe: A glass bottle (usually of wine) La carte de vins: The wine list Le cidre: Cider Le jus: Juice Le Kir: White wine with cassis or blackberry syrup Un pichet: A small pitcher (usually of wine) Know your meat All about chicken: Great dishes

Places to Visit in France - the most Interesting and Beautiful Regions of France and Best Places in France Almost every region in France has something interesting to discover - quiet villages, stunning scenery, historical buildings lost in the countryside, beaches...so before rushing to visit the most popular regions why not think about somewhere else for a change? You can avoid the crowds and still have a great time discovering the 'real' France! Our France regional travel guides feature hundreds of the most scenic, interesting and picturesque places to visit in all parts of France to help you better plan your visit. The most popular French regions with visitors include Brittany, the Dordogne and the Cote d'Azur (along with the rest of Provence), and of course and many tourists like to visit Paris. Plan your visit Explore Places in France Select here from the 1000's of places we have reviewed To help you better plan which part of the country you would like to visit there are several ways below to start exploring: Explore the regions of France Forgotten your French geography? Alsace Auvergne Brittany

Morlaix, Barnenez, Roscoff - Brittany travelogue old houses in Morlaix Our first stop was at a market in St Martin, then we descended into Morlaix proper. In a valley, this is dominated by the railway aquaduct which runs across it. The restaurant "La Reine Anne" mentioned in our guide to the Restaurants du Terroir was closed, but we got eight small cakes from a patisserie. Then we headed north to the cairn at Barnenez. On the way to Roscoff we stopped at Carantec, where we did a very short walk out to a headland viewpoint. The rain finally stopped and the sun came out, giving us great views. the view from the window I was woken at 7 by the church bells and our alarm clock, and went out to get croissants for breakfast. Next: 12 days by myself Previous: HuelgoatUp: Brittany

14 places to fall in love with France By Madeleine Wilson Secluded beaches, UNESCO buildings, fairytale castles… coming right up. France has a rich and diverse heritage with both architectural and natural treasures to ogle. 1. Normandy Several cliffs form what is commonly called the “falaises d’Etretat,” great white chalk cliffs that depict perhaps one of the most famous and beautiful landscapes in France. The little village of Etretat is also very picturesque. 2. Loir-et-Cher Who has not heard of the beautiful Chateau de Chambord! 3. Var, Alpes de Haute Provence The Gorges du Verdon are something of a natural wonder with the turquoise waters of the Verdon Rivers flowing through the giant canyon surrounded by limestone cliffs. 4. Languedoc-Roussillon The historic walled city of Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 5. The small town of Mont-Saint-Michel, situated on top of a rocky island, is one of the most famous landscapes in France. 6. Yvelines 7. Arles 8. Yes, yes I’m sure you have heard of Paris, but have you been?

Living in France: Dos and Don'ts By Finn Skovgaard 5/2005 "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." You've heard it so often that you may no longer pay attention to what it means. Don't begin a conversation with a Frenchman in English, no matter how rusty your French is. Don't start your day in a French office by walking in, maybe saying "Hi" to everybody, and then heading straight for your desk. Don't shake hands if you should have exchanged la bise, the kiss on the cheek, instead. La bise starts by bringing one cheek close to the other's cheek and simulating a kiss on the cheek. Don't address anyone using tu if you should have used vous. To illustrate how confusing this is, my wife and I socialized with a French neighboring couple when we lived in Lille. Don't communicate across hierarchy lines at work unless you're certain that it's accepted. Don't think you can do all your shopping, banking, and administration during your lunch break. Do take the holidays and vacations you're entitled to.

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