1. Don't just travel, remember to stop and look around every now and then!
2. If you travel by train you need to stamp your ticket at the station before you get on the train (to prevent getting thrown off)
3. If travelling by car remember to give way to cars coming from the right if you see a X sign - even if you the road on the right is a minor road
4. Most petrol stations shut at lunchtime and in the evening and won't take your card unless it's French which can be a problem when you're low on fuel at 10.00pm.
5. Learn some French, it'll get you a long way!
Good tips from missmaudie, though I think you'll find that any Visa bank card will be accepted these days. I've been caught out a couple of times for forgetting to punch my train ticket, but the inspectors were generous on both occasions.
So here are five more tips:
1. Avoid the "we do it better back home" mentality. It closes your mind to a fuller enjoyment of the French experience.
2. Similar to the above, but more subtle, is the way upbringing influences public behaviour. It is not rude in France to squeeze past people in restaurants or supermarkets, for example. Don't be too quickly offended by behaviour you're not used to.
3. When you go into a shop or restaurant, it is usual to say, "Bonjour, m'sieurs dames" to everyone in general, or at least to the group of people nearest to you. When you leave a restaurant, it is also usual to say "Au revoir, m'sieurs dames" to the people nearest to you.
4. If you're British or Dutch, don't wear white socks with sandals and shorts in summer! It's a national joke.
5. Be careful of different prices in cafés: coffee is often more expensive if you sit out on the terrace, and cheaper if you drink it at the bar.
We have tried most varieties when travelling , having been to every Department in France. We`ve driven our own car, i.e. crossed the channel by most ferry routes and through the tunnel.We`ve flown and hired cars. Travelled by train as well. Read my "hub" for tips and ideas:-
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by ifunny4 years ago
Is it best to visit one county for about 12 days. eg. Just France Or Germany Or Netherlands, Germany and France?
by Sunil Kumar Kunnoth4 years ago
What do you prefer for a long journey?Will you opt Road transport (bus or car) or Railway? State your reasons in a few words.
by Brian Stephens9 years ago
Let me know if you are in France and writing Hub Pages, because if you are we have something in common.
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