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France Guide Travelling in France

Updated on December 7, 2015
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Wendy moved to France in 2005. She planned to stay there for only 5 years but fell in love with everything French and still living in France

France Travel Information

France is one my favourite countries in the world. Here I have found most of the things I ever wanted: great cheeses, delicious food, good wine, awesome scenery, a good education system, a helpful health care system charming men, outstanding architecture, history and much more.

I think that everyone should visit France at least once in their life to experience the beauty of the country and the friendliness of its people. Yes, I said the friendliness of its people, because I tell you, those who think that the French are snobby and unfriendly are completely wrong. You just need to come here once to be pleasantly surprised and debunk that cliché. The French are excellent hosts and the men are so romantic you wouldn't believe it.

For those of you who dare take the challenge, I have gathered here the best articles in HubPages about France. They are written by people who have either visited France, or like me, people who overtime fell madly in love with France and moved here to follow their love affair. They call us Francophiles, I call us bonne viveurs...


Paris

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Take a tour of France's Most Beautiful Villages : part of the World's Greatest Attractions

Chabenet Castle in Central France

Chabenet Castle in The Indre, France
Chabenet Castle in The Indre, France | Source

Tourism in France : French Castles

Attractions in France

For me, one the main attractions in France is the abundance of castles, fortresses and lovely estate houses that one can find scattered around the country. I have visited many of them and I can say that each one has its own charm and magic. While Versailles is astonishing for its richness, size and history, there are other smaller castles like Chabenet in Central France which transports you to a fairy tale world with its princesses’ towers and awesome architecture. Even the ruined Crozant castle is magically beautiful as you walk along its shattered remains imagining how life was for the people who lived there.

I do not have a favourite castle, there are too many to choose from and I like each of them for very different reasons. The only thing I can be sure of is that the more castles I visit, the more I want to see. It doesn’t matter it they are medieval, recently restored, ruined, empty or lavishly furnished, each of them is magic!

Travel France : Tour of Amboise Chateau

The Most Beautiful Villages of France (Most Beautiful Villages)

Saint Gaultier, France

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Unusual festivals:


If some villages are known for their beauty, there are several other villages which are well known and worth visiting for their annual festivals. Some of my favourite festivals in Central France are the Chestnut and apple fair, where you can taste the best freshly squeezed apple juice in the world and the Pumpkin festivals with their giant pumpkins and unusual vegetables. There is also la fete de Luma -snails festival- where you can take part in an unusual snail race! And of course my all time favourite, the witchcraft festival where anything is possible.

Chateau de Bonnu

The Château Observatoire Abbadia

 Inspired by Middle age castles, The Château Observatoire Abbadia
Inspired by Middle age castles, The Château Observatoire Abbadia | Source

The Languedoc Area

The province of Languedoc coveres an area of approximately 42,700 km² (16,490 sq. miles) in the central part of southern France, roughly the region between the Rhône River (border with Provence) and the Garonne River (border with Gascony), extending northwards to the Cévennes and the Massif Central (border with Auvergne).

Languedoc Roussillon is becoming a very popular tourist destination as people discover the splendour of the area, Montpellier is the capital of the region and is a lovely city to visit.

If you decide to head for the mountains you can choose to visit some of the Cathar fortresses that are scattered around the region, some of the famous ones are Rennes le Chateau, Puivert, Montsegur and Peyrepertuse. In fact the whole area is steeped in history going as far back as the 12th century and beyond.

BrianS shares his expertise on Languedoc

Skiing in France

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    • alocsin profile image

      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You are certainly the expert on France. Thanks for gathering all your related hubs in one location. I'll know where to go next time I head for the country. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      6 years ago from France

      Brian: You are more than welcome, I always enjoy your hubs on your part of France.

      billibuc: Never say "never" you might get lucky and be able to visit us one day :-)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will probably never get there to see all of these things but if I ever do I'm using this as a reference guide. Great job!

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      Brian Stephens 

      7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Hi Wendy, I was sure I had commented on this fab hub, but cannot see a comment. How rude of me especially as you have featured some of my hubs. My sincere apologies for not commenting before, I am afraid I am going to have to blame senility. So better late than never, thanks for putting this togther and sharing so much wonderful information on our adopted country and of course for featuring some of my hubs.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      7 years ago from France

      seanorjohn: thanks for the vote up. I hope you can continue coming often to France!

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      seanorjohn 

      7 years ago

      Love France. Try to pop over twice a year.Voted this hub up.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      karmadir: From my personal experience I can say that hotels are not that expensive. Prices are similar to other European capitals. The good thing is that there are hotels for all budgets, from as little as 50 euros per night to several thousand €/nigth. Just don't expect the comforts that you would expect for the same price in North America. Most budget european hotels are small, very old and the decor dates back to the 50s!

      I usually try to find a hotel with plenty of time and try to choose new hotels or newly restored ones.

      As an average for a budget traveller you should expect to spend around 100 euros per night at a hotel in Paris.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      prasetio30: Thank you for the thumbs up! I hope you can come to France soon.

      travelespresso: I would be great to hub a hub gathering all the information about New Zealand, a place I would like to visit. Adding the links is easy I'll send you an email.

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      travelespresso 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Aaah Princessa - I need to go back to France and soon! This is a fantastic hub. I want to gather up the hubs and do one for New Zealand!

      Please can you tell me how do you do the hyperlinks like that? I've searched information but its probably so basic people think everyone else knows how to do them. I end up with the whole URL rather than a nice title!

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      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I found complete information about France travel. I enjoy all information you gave to me. It really useful for traveler or us who have a plan to go to France. I think France is a beautiful country. Castle in France also the best beside Eiffel Tower. Good work, thumbs up and I rate this hub. Good to see you again here.

      Prasetio

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      Shinkicker: You are welcome!

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      Shinkicker 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      I love France too. I've been to the South 3 times on holiday. Wonderful place.

      Thanks for the Hub

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      rebekahELLE: Than you for introducing me to the hubtrails. It looks like we both share a facination for French men ;-)

      ocbill: Travelling by train can be one of the best ways to see the country!

      ethel: I hope you come to see Paris and the whole of France one day, you will not be dissapointed.

      prettydarkhorse: I love Tours, after Paris is one of my favourites shopping places; send me an email when they are ready and I'll add them to this hub.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      I can add my travel to TOURS this week and Lourdes, FRANCE. I will write a hub about it this week, Thank you Princessa. I will also finished my hub about disabilities, this week, Take care, Maita

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      Eileen Kersey 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      A very comprehensive guide. I have yet to visit France. I have travelled through but would love to see Paris

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      ocbill 

      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      France is a gorgeous country. I'll never forget those picturesque train rides or the architecture.

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      rebekahELLE 

      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      wonderful! this is excellent Princessa. a perfect resource for France travel. I am anxious to read many of these hubs!

      thanks for working hard to put this together! :)

      I love your intro and how you mention the friendliness of the French people!! and OO La LA, those men are so romantic!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      prettydarkhorse: you are always so kind,

      xxx

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      France is beautiful and so you are, Maita

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