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France: One of the World’s Best Travel Destinations

For hundreds of years, France has been held in a romantic light by people from all over the world. It only takes one visit to fall in love, and once you’ve had a taste, you might not ever want to leave.

Why Travel to France?

French RivieraIn order to understand what makes France tick, it helps to learn a little about it’s history. France endured a major revolution roughly 20 years after America. Much like the American Revolution, the French Revolution was bloody, and isn’t something that can be simplified and explained in a few sentences. It represented a massive shift in the way that the French people were governed, and the way religion would impact the country. It ended with King Louis XVI about a foot shorter than he was before, and the Catholic Church pretty much abolished. Why is this important to understand? As you look through history, you will see that France has been involved in pretty much every single major war on the planet, including the Napoleonic Wars, and both World Wars. With so much blood having been shed on its own soil, it’s hard to ignore the historical landmarks that are everywhere. They will have a whole new meaning to you if you can grasp the civil and international unrest the average French citizen would have lived through before 1960.. The French aren’t likely to forget the past any time soon.

With so much conflict in its history, the people of France are known to embrace moments of peace and tranquility. Fortunately for the traveler, there are places all over the country where this seems to be the essence of life. First of all, wine is held in extremely high regard, and why shouldn’t be? It is known for being some of the finest in the world, and a visit to any of the country’s renowned vineyards will show you just how exquisite it is. If you remotely enjoy wine, you owe it to yourself to visit a French vineyard at some point in your life. Then there’s the food. How can one describe fresh ingredients cooked together from recipes that have been passed down through the generations? Paired perfectly with local wines, it’s easy to see why France produces some of the world’s finest chefs. Come hungry, eat often.

French Landscape

Mont Saint Michel, FranceOf course, there’s the diverse landscape that one cannot fail to mention. Northern France rests on the Atlantic, just under England. Those waters are frigid and unforgiving, but as you begin to move further south, the climate gradually warm up. If you’re still looking for cold, don’t forget that the Winter Games were held in Albertville, France in 1994. France is also home to (depending on who you ask), the tallest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc. In a nutshell, don’t mess with the French Alps. Now if you are better off warming yourself by a beach somewhere, lounging on a towel, you’re also in luck. There are over 550 miles of coastline known as the French Riviera more than willing to accommodate. Cities like Monaco and Nice exemplify the finest that high society has to offer, but that doesn’t mean that the average person can’t experience it as well.

Rent a Car in France

With one of the most comprehensive rail systems in Europe, why would anyone need a car rental in France? There are a few simple reasons, that should convince you that a car can be a better method of transportation for your next vacation in France. For starters, France is big! Roughly the size of the state of Colorado, it has much to offer. There are small towns that are hidden away, no where near a rail track, that you won’t want to miss out on. When you have a car rental in France, you are free to explore the beautiful landscape at your own pace. The French take a lot of breaks throughout the day, and service on a weekend can be hard to find in smaller cities. A car rental may be just the thing you need to explore more of the country you’ve always dreamed of visiting. Consider one for your next vacation.

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6 Responses to France: One of the World’s Best Travel Destinations

  1. Thanks for a nice and enlightening post on France. It is definitely a destination in my travel list since few years now. And yes i totally agree driving around is the best mode of exploring the place. I have done that in New Zealand and I look forward to doing that in European countries as well.

  2. Thanks for a nice and enlightening post on France. It is definitely a destination in my travel list since few years now. And yes i totally agree driving around is the best mode of exploring the place. I have done that in New Zealand and I look forward to doing that in European countries as well.

  3. Merci beaucoup for sharing this, Hans. I’m curious…would you need an International Driver’s License to rent a car in France if you’re only going to be there for a few days? When I went to the US, the car rental company there didn’t require me one since I was spending only two months there for business. Wonder if it’s the same there.

  4. Merci beaucoup for sharing this, Hans. I’m curious…would you need an International Driver’s License to rent a car in France if you’re only going to be there for a few days? When I went to the US, the car rental company there didn’t require me one since I was spending only two months there for business. Wonder if it’s the same there.

  5. Hi Adeline,
    The International Drivers Permit is not required from the rental companies for most rentals in France. It’s one of those things that probably won’t affect your ability to pick up the car, so long as you have your other documents. Because things can change, we recommend to always double check on your voucher to make sure it’s not needed. Let me know if you have any other questions!
    -Hans

  6. Hi Adeline,
    The International Drivers Permit is not required from the rental companies for most rentals in France. It’s one of those things that probably won’t affect your ability to pick up the car, so long as you have your other documents. Because things can change, we recommend to always double check on your voucher to make sure it’s not needed. Let me know if you have any other questions!
    -Hans

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