France. The name of this country makes me think of fairy tale romances. Twinkling lights. Picture perfect villages. Artsy cafes. And quaint little museums. And this is just the tip of the iceberg of the country that is France. My short little tip to France has surely left me wanting so much more. And because the old-warm charm of this place just does you in, France is on top of my list of countries that I would love to visit again. This France travel guide will provide you with an introduction to the beauty and diversity that this enchanting country has to offer.
What you’ll find here is just the beginning of a list of wonderful places to visit in France. And we’ll start with the most obvious – Paris!
The city of love, and the capital of the country. One of the most enchanting things to do in Paris is, of course, the Eiffel Tower. And this beauty is just as breath-taking a sight in the day, as it is in the dark.
We took a quick tour up the tower in the day. The ethereal sight that greeted us was of golden glows on the horizon change to amber hues as the day turned to dusk. The view of the entire city block is an out-of-world experience I would strongly recommend. To see the beautiful sunset, followed by the city lighting up, we dined at one of the Eiffel Tower restaurants.
And it’s not just the Eiffel Tower that is alluring about the city. From the Louvre to the Seine, every step nook and corner of this city is a sight for sore eyes. And because we’re inquisitive explorers ourselves, we cruised the Seine River to see all of Paris’ top sights while enjoying a relaxing experience.
We followed this with a quiet walk across the charming old-quarters of Paris. The Quartier Latin, the Île Saint-Louis, and Le Marais are charming neighborhoods, where we soaked up the ambiance of medieval Paris.
Of course, our next stop was the beautiful French Riviera. There are no words to describe the beauty of this region. It is something that can only be witnessed. From Cannes to Monaco, from Nice to Grasse and Èze, we could not stop gushing over resplendence of the Côte d’Azur.
We started with the enchanting Nice – and what is more fun than a Segway tour! Our 1st stop was the La Colline du Château (Castle Hill). At the top, your world will come to a standstill with the panoramic views of the Baie des Anges, Old Town, Nice’s boardwalk, and the city’s varied and vibrant architecture.
We followed that up with day trips to Monaco. Antibes & Cannes. Bordered by France on three sides, the petite principality of Monaco is a bastion of glitz and glamour. We made it a point to see the stately Prince’s Palace, Fort Antoine, and Monaco Cathedral. And ended Monaco, with none other than the Monte Carlo Casino.
Antibes is a draw for its literary and artistic history. We basked at the Polynesian-inspired Moorea, dotted with thatched-roof umbrellas and tiki bars and followed that up with the Sip-Absinthe piano bar where we sang along to jazz favorites while sipping the once-forbidden liqueur.
Cannes is a shimmering, seaside destination made for resting while experiencing its extraordinary views and culture. We started our day at La Croisette, wandered around Le Suquet and shopped at Marché Forville, ending with a stroll around the Vieux-Port.
No French vacation is complete without a ski trip at the French Alps. For adventure lovers, the French Alps has some superb ski conditions. For the others who love the quaint, will appreciate its mountain villages and rustic alpine charm. We stopped at the ski resort of Chamonix-Mont Blanc. Not only does it have a wide range of slopes, but the village of Chamonix is such a friendly & welcoming place to stay. With cozy little chalets and rustic lodges, this village had our heart. We took a 20 minute cable car ride to the Aiguille du Midi, which has with incomparable views of the Mont Blanc and the Glacier des Bossons.
With this, came our lovely little French vacation to a glorious end. But with a definite promise to host us again!