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Guide to Visiting France

A trip to France is a top destination for many people. While most would love to experience Paris, there is so much more to see in France than just the city of lights. But before visiting France, there are some things you will want to know.

Guide to Visiting France

What should I know before visiting France?

First off, France is one of those countries that is divided into regions and your experiences will largely be determined by what part of France you choose to visit.

The French Riviera offers beaches and crystal blue water, the Alps give you the chance to enjoy the mountain air, the wine region is a paradise for those wanting to explore different types of wines.

Paris Notre Dame Cathedral before Fire

Paris as well as Provence are the places to go for museums, art, and architecture.

Storybook Town in Alsace Region: Colmar

Then there are the storybook towns nestled between Germany and France, which offer a glimpse back into the Medieval era. The list goes on & on.

Paris train to Versailles

Luckily, France has some of the best public transportation systems in Europe and you will find it easy to get from one part of the country to the other.

Paris Bathrooms

Bathrooms are not always readily available. When needing to find a bathroom, say où sont les toilettes .

You will have to pay to use the public bathroom. There will either be an attendant or a coin controlled turn style machine.

Most cafes have bathrooms and you can use them for free if you make a purchase. Most of the time the cup of coffee is the same price at the public bathroom.

What Currency does France Use?

The currency in France is the Euro. Euros are issued in €2, €1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, and tiny 1c coins. Banknotes are issued in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 domination. You should always carry some Euros with you even though many places will accept credit cards.

Paris Dining Tips

What is traditional French food and drink?

The Crepe is one of the most popular food items in France and it is easy to see why. It can be savory or sweet and can be eaten on the go.

What is the one thing you probably won’t want to eat, that all the French adore? Escargot.

The French enjoy their dining experience and will often spend hours dining. If you want your check, you will need to ask for it (L’addition, s’il vous plait.)

French law requires a 15% charge added to all table meals to serve as gratuity, so no need to tip unless you had exemplary service.

Do the French speak English?

While many European countries will speak English, the French are not so willing. It is best if you learn a few things in French before you go.

The ones we used most were Bonjour (hello), S’il vous plait  (please), Oui (Yes) Merci (Thanks), Au Revoir (good bye). It was also helpful to know the numbers un (one), duex (two), trois (three) and quatre (four) when picking out pastries!

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