France Trip Itineraries
Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in France
Eating great, affordable meals in France can be a treat and a pleasure if you look in the right places, and you will get to see that French cuisine is not all about pretentious high class restaurants. There are great little bistros with fresh and locally sourced produce that will delight your senses, and the busy, authentic atmosphere will act as the best spice for your meal. Now one of the best shots you have at a delicious, decadent French meal without spending too mush money is Galette de Marie, a genuine crêperie where your biggest problem will be to choose between all the delicious flavors. A legendary Lyon culinary institution is Brasserie Georges 1836, and if you are in Nice you should definitely try the amazing vegetarian Zucca Magica. Whatever your choice, expect busy waiters, friendly locals and great meals in these affordable French eateries. read more about Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in France... Read More
Best Free Things to Do Paris
Paris is truly one of the most amazing places in the world. Whether you're rich or poor, a spender or a saver -- Paris is open to you as is its cultural heritage. A socialist country still, France spends a lot of money and energy making sure that its treasures are available to everyone regardless of their means. Here is a spattering of free things to see and do in Paris from architectural wonders like Notre Dame Cathedral to the Arch at La Defense to Paris' gardens and parks like the gardens in the Palais Royal or the park Butte-Chaumount. From one corner of the city to another if you have no money in your pocket -- nevermind. After all,princes and paupers alike can stand on the Champs de Mars and look up at the EIffel tower and get the same view for the same price. read more about Best Free Things to Do Paris... Read More
First time in Lyon, France
Reflected in the city’s architectural prowess, Lyon’s rich historical roots tell the story of a city that continually endeavours to maintain and enrich its proud cultural legacy. From UNESCO World Heritage architecture to the delicacies of a world renowned gastronomic tradition, the Lyonnais have infused their city with a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’, resulting that the city has become one of France’s top tourist destinations.
Lyon’s physical geography is defined by two hilled areas and two rivers. The Saône and the Rhône rivers converge in the southern part of the city, forming the ‘presqu’île’ or peninsula where the famous Place Bellecour – the largest pedestrian square in Europe – lies roughly central on the presqu’île. West of Place Bellecour, the first of the two hills (Fourvière hill) is adorned by the Romanesque Basilique de Fourvière, which can be viewed clearly from Place Bellecour. To the north, Croix-Rouse hill, famous for its rambling traboules (covered passageways from the Renaissance period), is one area of the city listed by UNESCO due to its outstanding architectural and cultural heritage.
Lyon is a city that is best discovered on foot or, when necessary, via the public transport system, which is extensive and incredibly reliable. For those visits which do require public transport, visitors can choose between the tramway, the underground, buses or the vélo (stations of bicycles located in abundance around the city that can be rented for a minimal fee using a credit card). For public transport –excluding the vélo – a single hourly ticket can be purchased and used on any or all of the transport services. read more about First time in Lyon, France... Read More
Best Nights Out
Cocktails and more at a chic and upscale Le Fumoir near the Louvre with unconventionally cool bartenders, a concert at super cool Bataclan in the trendy, Bohemian Oberkampf neighborhood where you can hear nostalgic favorites like Journey or Hipster stars of the moment like The Virgins, a concert at Olympic a grunge concert venue at Montmartre, sexy musical revues at Le Moulin Rouge in the seedy neighborhood of Pigalle, jazz and drinks at Sunset, Cuban dance and swing at La Java or just a low key night out the Lizard Lounge pub in the Marais -- a favorite of expats. There is a time to be had here for just about everyone at one of the places on this lis. For the super energetic who want to do it all - try to hit three or four in one night. read more about Best Nights Out... Read More
From designer yachts bobbing in the harbor to sumptuous cuisine, Nice makes a perfect base to indulge in decadence. Let the gentle sound of the surf lull you down elegant cobbled streets, past baroque architecture and charming brasseries. Head outside of town to enjoy exquisite cuisine on hill-perched terraces. Promenade through the one of the world's wealthiest principalities. And soak in the best Nice luxury of them all: the incredible Cote d'Azur setting. read more about Azure Opulence... Read More