Everything you should know
before Traveling to FRANCE

25 April 2022
Capital: Paris
Currency: Euro
Official Language: French
Dial Code: +33
Emergency Number: (1) Police - 17 (2) Ambulance - 15 (3) Fire - 18
GDP: 3.23 trillion EUR (2021)
Population: 67.41 million (2021)
Time Zone: UTC+1 Central European Time
                UTC+2 Central European Summer Time

TheSassyBlogger Flag: The colors symbolize nobility (blue), clergy (white), and bourgeois (red), which were the estates of the old regime in France. When the Tricolor was formally adopted in 1794, its colors symbolized the values of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, brotherhood, democracy, secularism, and modernization.

FRANCE is Known for:

1. Varieties of Cheese
France has the highest consumption of cheese per capita in the world. Each region has its own cheese specialty, so there are more than 1,600 types of cheese in France. The variety of cheese available in France is overwhelming. So are the tastes and smells when you’re not used to it. Many French dishes are based on cheese.
2. Wines
France has an incredible variety of wines. For foreigners, French wines can be very confusing. They have the name of the region – sometimes a tiny area – rather than the name of the grape. There are strict rules to be able to use a region’s name.
3. Romantic Country
Paris is known as the City of Love, and France and French are reputed to be one of the most romantic countries and languages in the world. Many towns look romantic thanks to their historic buildings.

Best Food that you should taste once:
1. Tarte Tatin
The tarte Tatin, named after the Tatin sisters who invented it and served it in their hotel as its signature dish, is a pastry in which the fruit is caramelized in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. It originated in France but has spread to other countries over the years.
2. Croissant
A croissant is a buttery, flaky, viennoiserie pastry of Austrian origin, but mostly associated with France. Croissants are named for their historical crescent shape and, like other viennoiserie, are made of a layered yeast-leavened dough.
3. Beef bourguignon
Beef bourguignon is a beef stew braised in red wine, often red Burgundy, and beef stock, typically flavored with carrots, onions, garlic, and a bouquet garni, and garnished with pearl onions, mushrooms, and bacon.

Best Places to visit:
1. Paris
The most romantic city in the world, Paris is a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy, and culture. On a beautiful day, a stroll along the Seine's banks is a sight to behold, grand historical buildings reflected in its waters, classic Parisian roofs, and the Seine's bridges, each with its distinct style.
2. Nice
Nice is the fifth most populous city in France and the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes département. Located in the French Riviera at the foot of the Alps. Nice is on the French Riviera, and is famous for it's beaches and beach culture, the fact that so many rich and famous people live in the area, it's architecture is well-known as are it's parks and gardens.
3. Lyon
Being named as the world capital of Gastronomy, Lyon is a paradise for foodies without a shadow of doubt. The city is known for its historical landmarks and some of the popular destinations include La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Parc de la Tête d'Or, a grand park spread out in area over 117 hectare attracting huge number of visitors.
4. Marseille
Marseille is capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Marseille is situated on France's south coast and is known for being the biggest port in France. Marseille is home to some outstanding pieces of architecture, such as the Basilica Notre-Dame de la. Its cuisine, with the famous bouillabaisse, pastis, tapenade, fougasse, etc.
5. Bordeaux
Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in the Gironde department in southwestern France. t is the capital of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department. Its inhabitants are called Bordelais or Bordelaises .Bordeaux is known for its fine-tasting wines as it is home to some of the finest vineyards and wineries in the world.

Best Season to visit
Summer and Spring - The best time to visit France is in spring (April-May), summer (June-August), or autumn (September-October). Spring is pleasant across the country, with fewer crowds and temperatures ranging from 55°F to 68°F.

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