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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.

 

This Guide Includes:

  • France Basics
  • Where to Go (Interactive Map)
France Travel Guide, France | Moon & Honey Travel

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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  • Eltz Castle is easily the most enchanting medieval castle in Germany. The castle is perched on a steep rock in the middle of a wooded valley. Fully encircled by forest, Burg Eltz stands prominently isolated from the modern world. The effect of seeing the castle with its green backdrop is nothing short of bewitching. Apart from the excellent view of the exterior, it’s also possible to see the interior of the castle via a guided tour. Unlike most castles in the region, Burg Eltz was never destroyed. And for that reason, you’ll see authentic medieval furniture, original 17th century flemish tapestries,  Chinese porcelain, weapons, and armor. #burgeltz #castle #medievalcastle #eifelexplorers
  • The coastal village Rose in Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro. Settled as early as the 4th century, this seaside village is one of the oldest in the region.
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#visitmontenegro #insta_montenegro #montenegro_dreamers #gomontenegro
  • The hike to Mt Turska Gora in the Kamnik-Savinja alps, Slovenia. As we approached the summit, we were met with unbeatable views of the Kamnik Saddle. Diffused by light, the mountain saddle and Mount Planjava seemed engulfed in another realm.
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If you’re daydreaming like us about epic adventures in 2019, consider heading to the Slovenian Alps. We wrote a detailed trekking guide for our hut to hut hike across the Kamnik-Savinja Alps (link in Bio). #ifeelslovenia #wanderwomeninc #AllAboutAdventures
  • Did you know that champagne used to be called the Devil’s wine? In the mid-19th century, champagne bottles often exploded in cellars, during shipping and as a result of pressure from too much carbon dioxide. Because of the varying quality of bottles and the different fermentation processes employed, champagne bottles seemed to have a mind of their own and could explode at whim.
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Given the hazards of the job, people who worked in champagne cellars wore iron masks for safety. They looked like they were wearing medieval instruments of torture - thus giving rise to the name “the Devil’s wine.”
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We learned about this tale and how traditional champagne (sparkling wine) is produced in the Schlumberger Cellar World, Austria’s oldest sparkling wine cellars. #vienna @schlumberger.sekt
  • One of the most peaceful places in Montenegro: Komovi Mountains. Looking back on this trip, I’m (Sabrina) filled with longing to go back. This small country has everything. We’re excited to share our Montenegro travel and hiking guides with you. We’ll keep you updated so you know when they are live on our site.
  • In the last few weeks, we’ve finally ticked off some of the things we’ve wanted to do in Vienna for years. We finally made it to the Catholic High Mass at Augustinerkirche. The Mass is almost entirely sung, and there’s a phenomenon orchestra and choir who elevate this religious service to an art. We’ve also revisited some of our favorite places, like Gasthaus Quell.

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