Six reasons to travel to France

French coffee

After spending time in the US, I appreciate even more French strong coffee! Cups are small (especially espresso) but the flavor is rich! And I like the fact that you seldom have to walk more than a block to find a café in a French city.

Breakfast included

Another good thing about being a tourist in France is that breakfast is normally included in room rate. Of course, prices are adjusted accordingly, but it feels nice to be able to attack the breakfast buffet without considering how much extra it will cost me.

Cheese!

Speaking of breakfast, no French breakfast buffet without at least two to three different types of cheese: Not the child-friendly sliced cheese, but regional specialities of e.g. brie or goat cheese. One time, on a road trip in England, I stayed in a small hotel with a very nice restaurant. I couldn’t find any cheese at the breakfast buffet, so I ask a waiter if they might have a little bit of cheese. “Sure” replied the waiter, and brought me a big sandwich with grated cheddar! English and French culinary traditions clearly differ.

Spacious cities with grandeur

French cities have “grandeur”  with broad tree-lined boulevards, avenues and grand places (squares) that  leave room for cafés and street life. And cathedrals and castles amplify the character of French cities and arouse curiosity anyone interested in history.

Shopping: Diversity and quality

A friend with strong French ties once told me she buys all her clothes and personal care products in France, because she finds the variety greater and quality better than anywhere else. I think she has a point: Just go for a walk in Nice e.g. in the Jean-Medécin area, and you will find small shops with products unlike the established branded stores that dominate the street scape in most European city centers.

You get to practice French

This is true if you avoid major cities and the most popular vacation spots. In the countryside, you rarely find French people who speak English, and restaurant menus are in French only. Here your French language skills – no matter how basic – will come in handy.

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By Kirsten Bukager

I am a Danish writer and visual artist. After several years in The Netherlands, I am back in my home country. M.Sc. in International Business Administration and Modern Languages fra Copenhagen Business School, Communication and Online Journalism studies at Webster University and London School of Journalism. Bachelor in Education. I have worked with communications and marketing for many years, and recently changed path to teaching (Danish language, Art, Social Studies). I have always had a creative mind and filled many drawing blocks and canvases. I write for pleasure. Most of my stories are about places and people I encounter on journeys around the world. I have an eye for cultural and social subtleties, and I am especially interested in travel and the arts. Drop me a line if you are interested in my art, my teaching, or if you have a question or comment. And feel free to follow me on Instagram.