Updated: Mar 19, 2020
There are some amazing places to visit in France that are all quite lovely and very different from the popular city break to Paris. Here's some of my favourites, that I hope will inspire you to visit.
Outside The Louvre, Paris ©MDHarding
A to Z Blog - France
Traveling to France could not be easier with a large number of flights departing for Paris. There is also the ferry with either Brittany Ferries or DFDS but did you know you could travel in style to Paris, on-board the luxurious Orient Express Train? If your looking for something that little bit different this is the experience for you. Travel back in time on-board this grand train with it's wooden inlay panels, piano bar and decadent restaurant.
A marvel for steam train enthusiasts too!
Orient Express - Venice Simplon ©MDHarding
One of my favourite destinations is Giverny famous for being home to artist Claude Monet, with his dreamy waterlily paintings. It's the perfect day trip too from Paris! The easiest for some may be a scheduled and organised day tour but it can be rather expensive and not so flexible. We took the train from Paris St-Lazare to Vernon—Giverny and in just over an hour we reached the idyllic town of Giverny. You then need to jump on-board the bus waiting for you outside the station for the 10 minute journey to Maison et jardins de Claude Monet: Monet's Garden. Highly recommend! It's as beautiful as the paintings. We visited in June, it wasn't too hot and early morning to avoid the crowds.
On the south coast is the beautiful port of Nice, with lush green palm trees, boutique shops and cafe's to relax and enjoy the sea breeze. No matter if it's a weekend getaway or a longer stay, there is plenty to explore. We have visited on more than one occasion for a number of durations, the last being on a cruise holiday. Not sure if you would like to stay, taking a cruise is a great way to see if you would enjoy a longer holiday in one of the many ports of call visited.
Just along the coast from Nice is the glamorous Monaco, once home to Coco Chanel, Picasso and today Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and more. Famous for the Grand Prix which takes place annually in May. Feeling lucky? Just next door is Monte Carlo known for the European Poker Tour. The coastal route to these beautiful locations is easy to navigate on-board the local bus. Pay just a Euro or two per journey to explore.
Don't get caught out with paying over the odds for accommodation. There is lots to choose from, book in-advance to get the best rates and stay in central locations.
Crowne Plaza Paris Republique ©MDHarding
Disneyland Paris For Family Breaks
Disneyland Paris has recently celebrated it's 25th, opening in 1992 it is popular with both the young and the mature visitor. This summer break join the MARVEL superheroes. Who is your favourite? Mine you ask, it has to be Thor. I love myths and legends of foreign lands.