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France

France

France occupies a mythic place in the eurocentric consciousness. No country is more grand, opulent, dramatic, or tragic. It’s the idea of France and the French way of life that is ever enticing; life is full of adventure, passion, and love. The French appetite for living and living well is what enchants the rest of the world.

With diverse landscapes, medieval towns and abbeys, stunning architecture, high mountain ranges, dramatic coastlines, and never-ending lavender fields, France is perhaps the most majestic country in Europe.

Though we’ve both traveled throughout France, we’ve only traveled to Paris together.

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Versailles Gardens

France Basics

Official Name: République française (French Republic)

Capital: Paris

Government: Unitary Semi-presidential Republic

Regions: Mainland France is divided into 13 administrative regions. France also has 5 overseas regions. Until December 31, 2015,  the country was divided into 22 administrative regions.

  • Metropolitan Regions: (1) Grand Est, (2) New Aquitaine, (3) Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, (4) Burgundy-Franche-Comté, (5) Brittany, (6) Centre-Val de Loire, (7) Île-de-France, (8) Occitania, (9) Hauts-de-France, (10) Normandy, (11) Pays de la Loire, (12) Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA), and (13) Corsica
  • Overseas Regions: (1) French Guiana, (2) Guadeloupe, (3) Martinique, (4) Mayotte, and (5) Réunion

Population: 67 Million

Official Language: French

Currency: Euro

Tipping Etiquette: Tipping isn’t obligatory in France. In a fine restaurant, you can tip up to 5% for exceptional service. In a casual dining setting, €1 to €3 is sufficient.

Water Quality: Tap water is safe to drink throughout France.

Something Interesting: You can legally marry a dead person in France. If there is sufficient proof that the deceased had the intention of wedding their partner while alive, a French person can receive permission from the French president to marry posthumously.

 
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On ne fait pas d’omelette sans casser des œufs.

 

 

 

French Proverb

You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.

Where to Go in France

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@moonhoneytravelers
  • Gran Canaria.

We‘re so excited to put on our hiking boots once again and hike in the Canaries.

If anyone is looking to escape the cold winter in mainland Europe, consider a trip to the Canary Islands. The hiking season here runs from November until May.

We have a bunch of Tenerife guides on the blog and soon we‘ll have a series on Gran Canaria. 

Have you been to Gran Canaria? If so, what was your favorite trail, beach, restaurant, town?

📍Tamadaba Natural Park
  • Ra Gusela - one of the most iconic towers in the Dolomites. 

📍Belluno, Italy
  • Sunrise captures of Lago di Braies/Pragser Wildsee in the Braies/Prags Dolomites in Northern Italy.
  • We’re going hiking! 

Can you guess where? 

Hint 1: Scenes from season 1 of the Witcher were filmed there. Anyone else love Yennefer???? 

Hint 2: It’s an island. 

Hint 3: It’s in a 7-island archipelago.

📍View of Lagazuoi near Passo Falzarego
  • Three things I wish someone told us before we stayed at the Aqua Dome Hotel in Tirol, Austria.

1. You can check-in to the hotel as early as 9 am. Though you won’t have access to your room until 3 pm, you will get full access to the Therme. The reception will give you a spa bag with a towel, bathrobe, and flip flops.

2. Swim in the floating basins and pools between 7 am and 9 am, before the public opening. 

3. Enjoy the Spa 3000 on your day of arrival. You won’t have access to it on your day of departure.

For more tips, read our full guide: 
www.moonhoneytravel.com/aqua-dome-hotel-austria/

📍Ötztal Valley, Tirol, Austria
  • Tofana di Rozes burning like fire during sunset. 

📍Ampezzo Dolomites, Belluno

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