France – Quick Facts, Rough Costs, Places of Interest

France is a star-shaped country in Western Europe. It is famous for the Eiffel Tower, croissants, wine, cheese. Paris, its capital, is often called a city of romance and love. I’m not sure if cheese and romance can actually go together – when I had cheese-breath, no one would want to even get near me.

France map showing regions and selected airports

Fast Fact France

Full Name: French RepublicFrance location on the map
Capital: Paris
Airports : Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Strasbourg, Brest Bretagne,   full list of airports in France
Language: French
Currency: Euro €
Climate: Northern France has a temperate climate warm summers, cold winters and rainfall throughout the year, Southern France has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters,
Area: 674840 sq km (including Corsica)
Population: 64.2 million
Tourist Information: France Guide

Rough Costs France

Daily budget: €30 – €60
Dorm: from €12
Budget hotel: from €55 (double room at Hotel de la Terrasse, Paris)
Eat: Pastries from €1, Wine €2.50

Highlights France

Paris - Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe
Bretagne (Britanny) – Rugged coastline, lush countryside
Reims - Champagne country
Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) – Arles, Marseilles, Nice, Avignon, warm Mediterranean weather
Loire - Chateau country – beautiful chateaux and gardens at the Loire Valley

Streets of Amboise, Loire, photo by denisema4
Photo by denisema4

Chateau Villandry Garden, Loire Valley, photo by Francisco Antunes
Photo by Francisco Antunes

Books and Maps France, Paris

France (Eyewitness Travel Guides) by DK Publishing Fodor's France 2008 (Fodor's Gold Guides) Frommer's Paris 2008 (Frommer's Complete) Rick Steves' Paris 2008 (Rick Steves)

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