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Romancing the French Mystique
Beauty as the Seine Flows
France has about everything a tourist is likely to want. Rich romantic history – starting from the ancient courts to Napoleon to beyond the World Wars; a coveted gastronomic culture – excellent wines, best cheeses, and subtle flavors; international trade fairs and reputed business centers; the best of fashion brands and a pulsating nightlife; pristine natural beauty and varied landscapes including lush beaches in the south and the towering Pyrenees – the very hallmarks of tourism. It is not for nothing that each year millions of international visitors make a beeline to France.
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Most Visited Cities of France
France is the world’s most-visited country. Besides the colorful history and vibrant culture, the booming industries and businesses of the country attract a great many visitors each year.
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Paris

The capital city of France is the world’s favorite tourist destination. The Louvre, the Eiffel, the Seine, the many museums, parks and pulsating nightlife – that is the soul of Paris.

Marseille

Marseille, an old port city, is the cultural hub of France. Filmmaking, food, opera, and festivals are at the heart of life in Marseilles.

Lyon

The city of Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Lumiere brothers invented the cinematographe in Lyon.

Toulouse

With one of the oldest universities in Europe, Toulouse is also the center of the aerospace industry in Europe.

Nimes

Nimes, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, has a history that is older than the Roman Empire. It is also one of the favorite tourist destinations in France.

Mulhouse

Often referred to as the French Manchester, Mulhouse is famous for the many museums in the city including the country’s oldest rail and automobile museums.

When To Visit France
Best Weather:
May, June, September and October
Affordable Rates
November to February
Most Crowded:
July and August
France Travel Tips
The restaurants in France add a 15% service charge to your bill. You are not required to leave a tip. If you are happy and wish to appreciate the person who served you, you may leave €1-5 as an extra tip.
Tourists to France are required to pay a Tourism Tax. This is usually charged by the hotel or the apartment you stay in. Do check at the time of booking your stay.
In France, great wine is cheaper than water. Try some of the AOC wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Dining out in Paris is very expensive. If you are on a shoestring budget you may want to buy some great cheese, breads, fruits, meats, and wine from the local market and make an excellent but inexpensive meal.
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The Eiffel Tower is over 9,842 feet tall and is the tallest structure in Paris. It was also the world's tallest structure when it was built in 1889.
Paris has been named ‘the most visited city of the world’ by the World Tourism Organization. The city received 15.6 million visitors in 2011.
Napoleon Bonaparte's letters to his wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais, epitomize romance and some of them are preserved at the Musée du Louvre in Paris.
France is well-known for the production of many excellent varieties of cheese. President Charles de Gaulle once said, "How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?"
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