Home to the world’s most popular tourist destination, Paris, France is a great place to people watch. You can sit for hours in a café and watch the world go by.
Despite a reputation for hyperactivity that sticks, France also encourages contemplation. And sensual pleasures. For the eyes, France is a veritable treasure trove of exquisite architecture and historical sites. It also boasts an ever changing and varied countryside that, from the Mediterranean regions to the plains of the North, beckons you out into the open air. On the outskirts of Nice, for example, you can visit the sites that inspired the painters of the early 20th century. To tempt the taste buds, French cuisine is famous the world over. France is a country of local specialties and age-old recipes passed down through generations. Bread, wine and cheese: the trinity that every family pays homage to daily. And there is no question of settling for a steak and chips… that would be close to blasphemy! The French are also passionate about their language. From Molière to Serge Gainsbourg, French poets have always drawn from a wide range of typically French expressions to add richness to their works. The French film industry, one of the most independent in the world, also showcases the French language in all its nuances. French people may come across as impatient at times, but prove to be great listeners who, out of love for their country, want visitors to discover all its beauties, among which the French language will always occupy an important place.