Welcome to Europe

Europe is home to a range of different people, landscapes, and weather. From the sunny beaches of Barcelona, to the snow-capped mountains of the Swiss Alps – there’s something for everyone in Europe. The majority of the 50 countries use the Euro and are part of the European Union.

You’ve been walking around a tiny French town (or a massive French city, ahem, Paris) taking in the sights and learning the history of the place. The people are charming and everyone you’re travelling with is in high spirits. You and your travelling companions sit down to a leisurely French lunch, enjoying the scenery and the superb people-watching. Then, a few hours later, the check comes and you reach for your credit card.

Perhaps one of the most difficult things about travelling in a country where you don’t speak the language is figuring out how their public transportation (if there is public transportation) works. Sometimes colours guide your way, sometimes its symbols and other times its numbers, but in each city, the process of getting from Point A to Point B with public transportation is different.

When you visit Paris there are hundreds of things that will make your visit uniquely Parisian, but chief among them is to take a few moments out of your busy day and sit with an espresso in a truly Parisian café. A magnet for artists, philosophers, strollers, celebrities and visitors, the Paris café has been the centre of the city’s cultural life for centuries.

Paris is the first city that will inevitably come to mind when you think about France, and it isn’t hard to understand why. The City of Love is full of memorable architecture, beautiful people and more. There are however other spots in France that are just as charming, if not more so, than Paris. Besançon is one such place.

Surfing may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the Bordeaux region of France, but contrary to popular belief, there is a thriving surf community along the coast. The Cote d’Argent is over 200km long, making it Europe’s longest beach with a ton of surfing opportunities along the way.

Packing to go on holiday can be a real struggle because it’s hard to know exactly what you will need when you’re abroad. Like most holidays in Europe, the plus side of travelling within France is that there are stores and companies all around that can supply smaller goods you may forget to pack like shampoo, a comb or socks. Use this packing list to help take the guesswork out of what you’ll need on your French holiday.

The second you step foot on this fortified settlement, you’ll be rocketed back to a time when nobles and knights lived out their lives in extravagance and cities sprawled out from enormous castles and walls. It’s hard not to imagine the people who lived within Medieval Carcassonne which is just one reason of many to make this a castle you shouldn’t miss in France.

Nimes is an ancient city in southern France and while the concrete-heavy outskirts may come off somewhat uninspiring to travellers, it’s definitely worth it to push on. As you get closer to the city centre you’ll be met with some of the most well-preserved Roman buildings—some of which are still in use today!

What exactly is "French food?" That's a hard question to answer as even cities have their own specialties. The general consensus though, is that French food is a veritable mash-up of local ingredients, talented chefs, inspired cooking and passion for the art of cooking.

Just about two hours west of Paris is a city known for its champagne and general splendour. The city’s called Epernay and it is home to many of the world’s most celebrated Champagne houses. Here is where you’ll get to tour cellars with tens of thousands of bottles of Champagne that are aging to perfection for a future celebration.