Money in France: the Euro

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France: Money: All about the Euro (€) As of January 1, 2002, the euro (€) replaced the national currency of 12 countries within the European Union, including France. You can exchange currency at any bank branch (hours are listed below). Automatic cash machines can be found in most commercial centres.   French Euro Banknotes The […]

Food in Northern France

Quiche lorraine

Food in Northern France: a brief gastronomical tour! Le Nord; Picardy; Champagne; Alsace and Lorraine Dunkerque; Calais; Boulogne; Le Touquet; Lille; Arras; Amiens; Beauvais; Chantilly; Compiegne; Epernay; Reims; Chalons-en-Champagne; Troyes; Nancy; Strasbourg; Verdun; Colmar; Riquewihr. Food in Northern France is both hearty and full of solid flavours – eating and drinking to satisfy the hungriest […]

Food in Southwest France

Perigord black truffles make a great omolette!

Food in Southwest France: a brief gastronomical tour! Poitou and Aquitaine; Perigord, Quercy and Gascony; the Pyrenees. Bordeaux; Toulouse; Poitiers; La Rochelle; Rochefort; Cognac; St Emilion; Pauillac; Perigueux; Sarlat; Lascaux II; Bergerac; Rocamadour; Cahors; Condom; Moissac; Albi; Biarritz; Lourdes; Bayonne; Pau. Food in Southwest France sometimes appears to be the poorer cousin of grape-juice. Yes, […]

Food in Central France

Escargots de Bourgogne, with garlic and butter

Food in Central France: a brief gastronomical tour! Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, the Jura and the Massif Centrale. Dijon; Nuit st Georges; Beaune; Cluny; Chablis; Santenay; Auxerre; Fontenay; Vezelay; Nevers; Autun; Macon; Arbois; Besancon; Ornans; Ronchamp; Limoges; Aubusson; Moulins; Vichy; Clermont-Ferrand; Le Puy-en-Velay; Conques; Lyon; Bourg-en-Bresse; Perouges; Montelimar; Grenoble; Chambery; Aix-les-Bains; Annecy; Evian-les-Bains; Lac […]

Food in Western France

Fruits de Mer, A favourite in Brittany and Normandy. This one is by Tom Dowson at the Basse Copette, his luxury B & B in Normandy

Food in Western France: a brief gastronomical tour! Normandy; Brittany; the Loire Valley. Rouen; Caen; Bayeux; Cherbourg; Mont-St-Michel; St Malo; Rennes; Nantes; Angers; Tours; Saumur; Vouvray; Amboise; Le Mans; Chartres; Orleans. Food in Western France will get you eating and drinking with a vengeance! With such a long coastline, it’s to be expected that seafood […]

Food in the South of France

Bouillabaisse from the Restaurant du Port, Le Grau du Roi, Marseille

Food in the South of France: a brief gastronomical tour! Languedoc-Roussillon; Provence; Cote d’Azur Perpignan; Carcassonne; Beziers; Montpellier; Nimes; Chateauneuf-du-Pape; Avignon; Arles; Aix-en-Provence; Marseille; Cassis; Toulon; St Tropez; Frejus; St Raphael; Grasse; Cannes; Antibes; St-Paul-de-Vence; Cap Ferrat; Nice; Menton; Monaco. Food in the South of France is above all the product of its environment. Permeated […]

Useful facts for travel to France

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Useful facts to help you plan your visit to France Festivals Public Holidays Visas Health Language Time Electricity Weights & Measures Money, Banks etc. Emergencies Telephone, fax Post Museums and monuments Festivals Festivals, both traditional and modern (eg Avignon Theatre Festival in July) are not so plentiful as in Spain, but worth looking out for: […]

Tour Routes in France

Chateau Chambourd in the Loire

Tour Routes in France Virtually all multi-country Europe tours pass through or originate in Paris, but few see much more of France. It is possible to do a pretty extensive tour of France but even so some fairly important areas will be missing or only covered briefly. Regional tours are popular and give you more […]

Travel to France

Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees

Travel to France for a Europe Tour with Joie de Vivre! There’s a lot more to France than Paris and Provence. Travel to France involves a journey into the whole French way of looking at the world, and life. Not for nothing do we use the french words “savoir-faire” and “joie de vivre”! France lies […]