Berlitz: France Pocket Guide

Berlitz: France Pocket Guide


Language: English

Pages: 182


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Berlitz Pocket Guide France is a concise, full-colour travel guide that combines lively text with vivid photography to highlight the very best that this beautiful country has to offer. The Where To Go chapter details all the key sights on a tour of both mainland France and Corsica, from the dazzling heights of the Eiffel Tower to the sun-drenched lavender fields of Provence and Riviera glitz, via the sophisticated castles of the Loire Valley and the natural splendour of the Mont-St-Michel. Handy maps on the cover help you to get around with ease.To inspire you, the book offers a rundown of the Top 10 Attractions in France, followed by an itinerary for a Perfect Tour of the country. The What to Do chapter is a snapshot of ways to spend your spare time, from shopping and sports to hip jazz clubs and festivals. You'll also be armed with background information, including a brief history of the country and an Eating Out chapter covering its world-famous cuisine. There are carefully chosen listings of the best hotels and restaurants, and an A-Z to give you all the practical information you will need.

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Jacques Chirac elected president. 2002 The euro becomes France's official currency. Chirac re-elected. 2007 Nicolas Sarkozy is elected president. 2008–2012 France is hit by world recession and the Euro crisis. 2012 François Hollande elected president in May. Where To Go France is a large country of infinite variety, so a great many factors come into play as you decide which parts to visit. Do you want to see historic sights and tour museums and art galleries? Do you want to lie on beaches

year. Aix's Thermes Nationaux (National Thermal Baths) can arrange packages for visitors (tel: 04 79 35 38 50; Swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing and sailing are all available on the lake, as are boat cruises. One popular cruise destination (leaving from the Grand Port) is to the neo-Gothic Abbaye de Hautecombe. Wine by the litre Some of the Lyon winery cooperatives produce very good wines. However, much of it doesn't travel well and is therefore never exported. In many cases

orchards. Montignac„ [map] is the departure point for visits to the world-famous cave paintings of Lascaux. Concealed and protected against atmospheric changes for 17,000 years, these awe-inspiring frescoes and engravings of bulls, horses, ibex, bison and deer were discovered by four teenagers chasing a dog in 1940. Lascaux cave paintings SylvainePoitau/Apa Publications Within a few years, the carbon dioxide generated by the crowds of visitors caused a rapid deterioration in the cave walls,

company, the minimum age for renting a car varies from 21 to 26. Most agencies require payment by credit card. Third-party insurance is usually automatically included; for an additional charge per day you can obtain full insurance coverage. Climate Broadly, the further south you go the warmer it is. The northern and western areas of France (including Paris) enjoy a temperate climate. The region to the east and in the interior Massif Central has warmer summers and colder winters. The

tourist office in Paris is at 25–7 rue des Pyramids, 75001 Paris, tel: 08 92 68 30 00. Transport Tourist tickets. Many cities have special tourist tickets. In Paris, the Paris Visite pass allows unlimited travel on bus, métro, the Montmartre funicular and suburban (RER) trains for one, two, three or five days. Other options are available. Buses (autobus, autocar). Large towns and cities have urban bus services – a particularly good way to get around and sightsee as you go. Inter-city bus

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