Sunday, January 4, 2009

Amazing Holiday in France

Submitted by Ste.B
Fri, 19 Dec 2008
Petit Lexique de la France Contemporaine: A Concise Dictionary of Contemporary France

If you are thinking of taking your family on a holiday in France, there is much to consider. First is what experiences do you what to leave with? Do you want to take a tourist trip on an organized bus tour where your itinerary and daily events are planned out for you, or you do want to travel as you please and do things on your own time?

If you want to see the highlights and are short on time, you might want to consider a bus tour. Though, if you have the luxury of a little more time and want to experience the real France, then Self Catering Holidays are a much more rewarding way to go. It is a good idea to make a list of places you or members of your family very much want to see. Following is a list of ten popular sites to visit in France to spark your own ideas:
Reflections on the Revolution in France

1. The Eiffel Tower
2. The Champ Elysees
3. Mont Saint Michel
4. Saint Tropez
5. The Louvre
6. Provence
7. Cannes
8. Nice
9. Cote de Sur
10. EuroDisney

Take out a map of France and mark the places you want to visit, from there, you can decide a sensible and time efficient route to take to see all of those destinations. There are many sites online where the distance between destinations can be displayed, approximate drive time and where you can also calculate your gas usage and estimated costs. Decide how much time you want to spend in each destination, whether it is a few hours or a few days. Do your research online to find budget or luxury accommodation, according to your needs. Will a language be a barrier for you? If so, it is a good idea to purchase a phrase book and as a family, try to learn some basic phrases together.

Some important and useful phrases are greetings, directions, hotel terms and food requests. It is also very important to learn how to ask for help in an emergency.
Don’t forget to pack your phrase book! Maybe you can find a Language learning CD and play it in your car both before and during your trip. It is a good idea to look at the average weather temperatures and conditions in the respective areas you are visiting for the time of year you are going. There is no point in packing fur coats or bikinis and beach towels if there are not going to be a use for them. The trick to travelling is to travel light! France is known for its rich and heavy foods; don’t forget to pack some antacids to sooth an upset stomach! And don’t forget the aspirin in case of a little over indulgence if you are visiting a winery! Pack a first aid kit too- they’re often very useful! Most importantly, relax and soak up your experiences – submerge yourself in the culture and be open to new experiences!

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