France is the most popular travel destination in the world,
boasting an incredible 89 million visitors per year, as of 2017. It is home to some of the best food, wine, art, and architecture in the world. From the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre in Paris, the nation’s capital, to its intimate cafe culture, France offers so much to any newcomer that it would take a lifetime to experience it all.
When visiting France, there are so many things to do, see, and eat, that it might seem a little intimidating at first. After all, France, and its capital, Paris, is famous for its art, famous for its architecture, famous for its food...it would be impossible to see everything in a single trip. Travelers eager to absorb the French culture are advised to plan ahead in order to see and do as much as they would like.
France’s museums come highly recommended, as High Art is an important aspect of French culture, and whilst there are a few key museums and galleries that just about everyone in the world has heard of—the Louvre, and Versailles—there are many other beautiful and interesting landmarks available for those looking for a more “off-the-beaten-path” experience. In Paris alone, for example, there are seventy-three museums, over two hundred theatres, and literally dozens of art galleries.
Outside of La Vie Parisién, France has a rich and vibrant rural landscape. One might visit Medieval castle ruins or Eighteenth-century chateaux, explore the pine forests and dramatic cliffs on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, or attend a wine-tasting at one of the many vineyards France has to offer. The nation’s reputation for excellence in food even extends into the provinces, and no self-respecting French village is without its own Auberge—that’s “Fine Dining Establishment” to us non-Francophiles!