Planning Paris Trip

French culture, to say the least, is very different. As a whole, it’s a nation with a sense of refinement that simply isn’t part of the American experience. And that is OK, you will experience these things during your trip and appreciate them for what they are as they enrich you culturally such as a ton of amazing regional wines, foods, and cheeses. France has a very rich wine culture that I think wine lovers anywhere can appreciate. You’ll taste the vast varieties of French cheeses. I had never tried goat cheese until I came here. Believe me it’s amazing. But my favorite aspect of French food is the pastries. You’ll see it all, croissants, pains au chocolat, beignets (French doughnuts), and a ton of different types of tartes!

I think the main difference between American culture and French culture is the way in which people do business and treat commercial relationships. They both have their pros and cons and as a tourist you’ll be faced with situations in which you might not know how to react. So here are a few tips below:

In order to have a successful Paris trip, there is just one thing that I would recommend you do before leaving: learn some basic French phrases. I know you are probably wondering, well what about the rest?! Well that will come once you master the French idea of manners or what they call “politesse.”

As someone who’s been here for a while I can tell that there are basically only two phrases you need to know in order to please the French, and those are “Bonjour” which means hello and “Merci” which means thank you. People here in any field of service basically just want to be acknowledged before being bombarded with questions from a customer. They expect to be greeted. It’s a sign of respect, after which they will proceed to take care of you as a customer.

I’ve had a few experiences in which I would approach an employee at a museum for instance, with a question, and they simply would not let me talk. They kept saying Bonjour, bonjour, bonjour, en France on dit bonjour (in France we say hello) until I realized that he was expecting me to greet him properly before he would even think of helping me. I honestly found it to be quite rude, but after about the fourth time that sort of thing happened to me in different situations I realized it was the only way I was going to get decent service. I’m not saying that I agree with this custom of demanding a proper greeting, but I understand now that it’s the norm and I cannot go against it, because I’ll be the only losing out.

The other important word is of course Merci. Thank you. But this is self-explanatory I hope. It’s the universal way to show gratitude and the French particularly like it. Just like it’s important to greet someone who is about to do you a service, it’s also very important to show gratitude.

Flight and Hotel Packages

The world’s leading airline companies and hotel chains often work together to bring tourists special discounts. Whether you want to spend a weekend in a major city or 10 days relaxing at a beach somewhere, you should be able to find an affordable package deal.

WHEN can you find the best deal? It depends on factors such as holidays, destination, peak travel, and so forth. If you don’t mind the risk, it might be in your best interest to wait around for a last minute deal to pop up. If your dates and destination are set in stone and there is no room for flexibility, it’s essential that you book at least 30 days in advance. Some experts claim that 49 days is the magic number, unless it’s holiday season, in which case you would want to book 96 days in advance.

Even if you are able to find a good last-minute deal on airfare, there is no guarantee that a hotel room will be available with it by that point. Also, keep in mind that many packages will require you to stay for a specific number of nights.

Combining Deals for Flight and Hotel Packages

What about an all-inclusive vacation? If you want to combine plane tickets with a hotel room, why not go with an all-inclusive package? This may or may not be a good idea, depending on what you are hoping to get out of your vacation. If the package offers things you know you will need, like fast Wi-Fi services, food, drinks, gym access, entertainment, etc., it will likely be worth the investment. However, if it’s a package that comes with stuff you won’t need or use, you might be better off just sticking with standard hotel accommodation and airfare.

Some online travel sites also offer the chance to book a car rental with flight and hotel packages. This is something to consider if you plan on staying at your destination for more than a couple of days – especially if it’s an area that’s not known for reliable public transportation.

About Cruising in France

Cruising is ideal for anyone on a special diet or who has specific food requirements. Each barge has a professional chef on board to cook for individual tastes or dietary requirements. Additionally, the chef can provide instruction for anyone wanting to learn about French food and cooking techniques.

If passengers have an interest in wines, for example, they can sail into one of the areas of the countryside, such as Bordeaux, Champagne, or Burgundy, where some of the world’s best wine is produced. The tours will visit the vineyards and sample products from each locale. The scenery and food in these regions is sensational. They may even be invited for drinks and a meal with the owners.

Or they may prefer painting, art, music, ancient Roman history, architecture, visiting chateaux, or simply a general cruise along the waterways. Whatever route is chosen offers fascinating things to see and do. These barge trips provide a combination of land and water touring, so that museums, monuments, churches, and places of interest are not only viewed but experienced in ways that a local tour guide can best arrange. Even a tourist who has been to an area can get a different perspective when taken by someone who knows that place really well.

For those wanting a more active trip, bicycles can be brought onto the barges, allowing for a bike ride during various stops along the way. Alternatively, there can be hiking, or picnicking, or whatever meets the desires of each traveler.

So for those looking for that unique, family oriented trip, this fits that description nicely. However, your cruise doesn’t need to take that form – it could be a group of friends with a particular interest, or an individual with a yearning to visit France in a different mode.

Info Traveling to France

Below you may find some hotels that are situated in France.

Hotel De l’Ocean – Paris

This hotel has a fabulous oceanic theme that also sooths the eye. Hotel De L’Ocean has 52 rooms and it is located in the heart of Paris, near the Opera House. This hotel is modern, romantic and very modest in terms of prices. Nearby, there is the Moulon Rouge nightclub where one can dine.

This hotel has up-to-date facilities that include:
– Room service
– Breakfast buffet served each morning in the breakfast room
– Parking is available next to the hotel for its guest’s convenience
– Bar lounge
Due to its central location, this hotel is close to all types of transportation, being metro, rail station and buses.
Hotel De l’Ocean is within walking distance to the Opera, shopping a Printemps which is blocks away.

This is one of the best choices for a fantastic trip since it is located in a prime location for visiting the important landmarks of Paris and for romantic opera lovers.

Moated Renaissance Chateau-Hotel, Paris

This hotel is easily reachable and is 60km away from France’s capital city. It is situated between Chartres and Versailles.

Chateau d’Esclimont is a great hotel for all honeymooners or for any romantic getaway! Its style is a bit the old fashioned way which includes Renaissance features. Belfries, bridges and lacework balustrades are matched inside by grand salons, embossed wood panelling and tall walls. The floor is made of parquet and the hotels’ rooms have richly wall coverings and fabrics and high windows ceiling.

This hotel’s amenities include:
– Free continental breakfast
– Free morning paper
– Secured valet parking
– All Rooms have: air conditioning, satellite colour TV, AM/FM clock radio, iron with board, coffee Maker and hair dryer
– Most rooms have refrigerator

This hotel is an hour away from the city centre so one can still enjoy various amenities close by.
Hotel Sezz, Paris

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous tourists’ attractions one finds in France and Hotel Sezz is almost at its footprint! One can enjoy the Eiffel Tower’s views from the hotel’s room. Hotel Sezz is located close to the River Seine. Friendly and welcoming staff adds the extra touch here.

The hotel has very deep colours and unique flourishes. When one arrives at this hotel, the concierge (he is a person who takes care of all the needs during the stay) will give him/her a glass of champagne. At this hotel there is no reception area that is why they provide the service of the concierge.

The hotels’ rooms are very colourful and the furniture is situated artistically to make use of space appropriately and uniquely.

Some rooms have freestanding baths in the bedroom, and many have French doors opening onto a balcony.
Facilities include:
– Flat screen TVs
– IPod docks
– Free wireless internet
– DVD/CD players (just dip into the DVD library at reception)
– Cordless phones with voicemail
– Room service
– Jacuzzi in wellness area
– Massage room
– Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar

Hotel De Banville, Paris
Hotel De Banville is also very chic. The hotel’s furnishings and decorations include: plump sofas, mellow woods, soft lamps, extravagant drapes, and old oil paintings. There is also a grand piano at the centre stage in the lobby.
One can enjoy a breakfast buffet while gazing over the Partis rooftops to the Eiffel Tower.

Room facilities include:
– Mini bar
– Air conditioning
– Soundproofing
– Safety box
– Internet access
– Hairdryer

The hotel services include:
– Breakfast buffet
– Room service
– Bar and piano bar
– Non smoking bedrooms
– Live music every Tuesday
– Parking
– International and French newspapers
– Dry cleaning
– Baby sitting
– Round the clock concierge service
– Small pets allowed