France is at the center of everything; Culinary, Wine, Fashion, Fragrance... It's where you go to make a break from it all and see the world through rose colored glasses! Did you know there's more than one way to explore this captivating destination? There are three ways you can experience France in 2018 and they are: Mediterranean Ocean Cruise, France River Cruise, and By way of an Escorted France Tour. Through an ocean cruise including France, your itinerary could have Nice or Cannes as a port of call and as chic as that may sound, river cruise of France will provide you with even more access... Imagine boarding your river cruise ship and taking not only a wine river cruise through the vineyards of Grand Cru in Saint Emilion, Renaissance Chateau de Roquetaillade, Chateau
de Cazeneuve, and Remy Martin, but also enjoy wine paired lunches with French food... On an escorted France tour you'll have the opportunity to be at the heart of it all with visiting not only Paris, but also spending one or more nights there and in other cities like Marseilles, Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy. The best time to visit France or Europe in general are either in May or October; however, weather plays a BIG part in travel...
Weather in France: Generally cool winters and mild summers. However, along the coast it is a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. In summer a good rule is lightweight clothing with a sweater and in winter warm woolens plus a raincoat.
Shopping in France: Best buys are on perfume, clothing, lace, crystal/glass, china, silk scarves and ties, gloves, cheeses, coffee, wines, spirits and liqueurs. The French shopper is one of the most demanding, so you can expect to find quality and choice. Paris reigns supreme as the fashion capital of the world, famous for its haute couture and ready-to-wear clothing and accessories. For more modestly priced clothing visit department stores Printemps and the Galleries Lafayette near the Opéra, the Bazar Hôtel de Ville (BHV) and the Samaritaine on the Right Bank, and the Bon Marché on the Left Bank.
Paris: The Seine River divides Paris into two halves, the right and left bank. The Right Bank conjures up an image of bourgeois respectability. Historically the stronghold of merchants and royalty, it remains today the home of commerce and government. Faubourg Saint Honoré offers the luxury of ‘haute couture’ and jewelry shops, also the authority of the President’s palace, while the Champs Élysées claims the shops, film, advertising and airline companies.
The Left Bank, in complete contrast, has always had a bohemian and intellectual image dating back to the founding of the university and the monasteries. Today, the Sorbonne, the Académie Francaise, the publishing houses and a myriad of book shops continue to exude an intellectual magnetism. Left Bank theaters typically prefer avant-garde drama.
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