Going to France!

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

That sounds like SO much fun! I’m sorry I don’t have any tips, but I can’t wait to hear about it!!!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

If you like relaxing/wine, go to the South of France too 🙂 Paris is great, but it is really really busy!

Normandy is lovely. I would definitely also go and see the Bayeaux Tapestry as it is a great piece of European history.

If you felt like it as well, you could take a day trip to London! The train that leaves from the centre of Paris is only a couple of hours from London, and not too expensive. Very regular service too!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MsJ2theZ:  Paris is great but I’d do 3-4 days and take the high speed TGV to the south of France- ESP if you want relaxing and wine tasting! Provence was my absolute favorite. Loved Avignon and Arles in particular. Wish I was going back to France! 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ooooh, jealous!

Yes, go to Normandy! Normandy is lovely, and the people are very nice. Versailles is…beautiful, but boring, like the Louvre (and you get moved along very quickly). I really enjoyed Mont Saint-Michel and Saint Malo (although everything closes really early there), as well as Amboise (where da Vinci lived) and Chenonceau. Bayeux was really pretty, but kinda boring. Tours was great (can you tell I like the Loire Valley?)!

I know a lot of people hate Paris for whatever reason, but I really enjoyed it. Lots to see and do, Montmartre is great (if you go, go up the road next to the Sacre Coeur–on the left when facing the basilica–and have your portrait drawn!), the Catacombes are fun, etc.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

@MsJ2theZ:  Ooh Belgium is lovely! I definitely recommend it. I had the pleasure of working in northern France & Belgium for a few months a few years back, and it is really lovely over there.

For trains, I’ve used the high speed lines a bit and they are good. Look up Voyages SNCF as they have the routes etc on there.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’ve suggested this to everyone who’s ever posted about France/Paris – http://www.bikeabouttours.com/

We did the Parisian Day Bike Tour, and it was the highlight of our trip. Please squeeze this in on the first day or two, for you’ll see tons of things you’ll want to visit later, and they do give you a list at the end of their favorite places to eat, drink, and visit.

The guides are awesome (we actually had the owner of the company), and the stops are so well thought out – great variety and tons of in depth information that I never would have known otherwise!

And I mean, riding your bike through the courtyard of the Louvre (and totally ignoring the no bikes sign) is seriously awesome.

They have loads of great reviews on Trip Advisor!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

So jealous! I love France.

Be aware that traveling to Normandy can be time consuming.

Take TGV trains whenever you can.

Be aware that Sundays are super slow/quiet in France, even in Paris. many stores and museums will be closed. Sundays are good days to spend traveling, if you can.

You will need to rent a car if you want to visit chateaux in the Loire Valley.

Don’t be suprised when people switch to English when they hear your accent.

Eat as many macarons as you can hold.

Watch your purse near any touristy area, but particularly near any train stations and Sacre Coeur in Paris.

Wear lots of black and comfortable shoes!!!!

This is what I would stress the most : Wherever you go, leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy being there. As in leisurely lunches and hitting many pattisseries, particularly in the morning. I would much rather and would suggest that you enjoy 3-4 places at a slow pace and soak it all up than feel rushed dashing from place to place.

Have the best time!

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MsJ2theZ:  Aix-en-Provence is around 3 hours from Paris by TGV ( as per th TGV website) – not too bad, and it’s sort if cool to see the French countryside whizzing by your window!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Make sure you get cash before leaving Paris!!

 

A few years ago my husband and I went camping in the south of France (my one and only attempt at doing a holiday like the dutch who invade and colonize every summer).  Since he’s VERY spoiled in the Netherlands with about everyone taking the dutch debit card, he didn’t think of drawing cash from the ATM on our camp site before we took off on a day trip one day…

 

It started with us stopping in this ancient little walled village for lunch.  It turned out the brasserie DID NOT take credit card.  Cash only.  On top of that, the ONLY atm in the village was broken.

 

While he left me as ransom at the brasserie (story of my life as this happens more often than not since “there’s no reason to ever have cash”) he finally found a store that let him buy something and get extra back.

 

After that he thought it would be a great idea to get cash.  However, I think we drove a good 60km before we found any village, town, or city that had an ATM…then we came across one that had 8 ATMs all on the same intersection. o_O

 

Moral of the story? Don’t think that once you’re out of Paris that everyone takes credit card and there IS a reason to carry cash.

 

To this day he won’t admit that there’s still reason to carry cash, but more often than not that 20 euro note I grabbed is missing when I need it.  Marital bliss. 😉

 

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