When it comes to visiting France, it’s hard not to have the city of love (Paris) at the top of your itinerary. However, France is full of so many diverse places that deserve a little love themselves! We have compiled a few of our favorite cities to give you a taste of what each has to offer.
Grasse may not sound familiar to you, but the smells of it will. Grasse, located in the heart of the South of France, is better known as the world’s Perfume Capital. Located north of Cannes and an easy drive from Nice, it has grown into a popular destination for many visiting the region. You can tour through endless fields of flowers to smell the scents that will be made into famous perfumes. In the main town, museums are abundant and will help you understand the history behind perfume making. Galimard is Grasse’s oldest perfume marker and will allow you to tour the laboratories to see a full breakdown of the process of creating perfumes. Make sure to take a class before leaving on making your very own perfume to take home the very smell of Grasse!
Have you ever wanted to feel like you are in a real-life fairytale? Alsace, France will give you that feeling and more! While much of France has modernized over the years, Alsace has preserved its lifestyle. Located right on the border of Germany, a perfect blend of French and German culture exists in this idyllic area! The best way to see this culture in action is to take a visit to the Two Shores garden! This lovely garden is split between Germany and France and connected by a bridge in the middle. Car aficionados can rejoice with a museum entirely dedicated to Ettore Bugatti. This museum holds 122 of the only 8,000 original Buggatis ever made. If you happen to be visiting during the holidays, a trip to Strasbourg is a must! Strasbourg is the self-anointed Capital of Christmas, but for a good reason! Starting in November until the new year, the city transforms into what feels like the North Pole. The city center features a Christmas tree surrounded by Christmas stalls, perfect for checking everyone off your list!
When it comes to Bordeaux the name says it all. Bordeaux is known for its top-tier wine, which has dominated the wine market for years. You will find the world-renowned wine museum, Cite du Vin where even the building is in the shape of a wine decanter. It’s impossible to leave and not feel like a wine connoisseur! If you aren’t sick of wine yet, you will find wine bars around every corner of the city! However, if that is not what you are looking for you are just a short drive away from amazing vineyards! You can’t leave without visiting the world’s biggest reflecting pool outside the Place de la Bourse; a popular place for that perfect picture! At night you will see the lights from the city reflecting endlessly onto the pool, creating the perfect ending to your day!
It is a well-known fact that the Eiffel Tower is the number one most visited attraction in France, but do you know what the second is? Take a trip to Normandy to visit a UNESCO world heritage site; and a place of geographic (some even say magical) wonders. Mont-Saint Michel resides on a rocky islet surrounded by sandbanks with an extreme tide. These extreme tides allow visitors to see the islet in two different views; make sure you check the tide charts before venturing out! Go up to Abbey at the very top of the town to see the best view of the islet. You will see a stunning display of medieval architecture and the best view of the islet and the channel! Don’t forget to grab the famous La Mère Poulard omelet, which is prepared in copper bowls with an ingredient they will tell no one!
Hopefully this gave you some ideas to refresh your travel plans to France. We can help plan out your entire trip, just give us a call today!