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Five things to do in France

There are so many fun things to do in France, you might have trouble picking just a few. Here are a couple ideas to get your adventure started...

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There are countless things to do in France, whether you are in the big city or not. Paris might take up a lot of the spotlight, and there are plenty of things to do, the French countryside is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the fresh air. No matter what you are interested in, you are sure to find great things to do in France.

 

Etretat, France

Take a day trip to the beautiful French coast. Etretat is known for the steep cliffs and natural arches, in addition to sandy beaches. This quiet town is just over three hours outside of Paris, and was a popular location for artists Claude Money, Eugene Boudin and Gustave Courbet.

 

In addition to the breathtaking scenery, visitors can also see the Eglise Notre Dame de l’Assomption, which is a beautiful church with a great view of the British Channel, or visit the a local goat farm and try cheese, milk and chocolate made from goats milk!

 

Flea Markets       

       

France is known for a long tradition of street vendors which have grown into organised markets. France takes their flea markets very seriously, so you will be sure to make some interesting finds at one of the many markets around the country.

 

In Paris, one of the most popular markets is the Marche aux Puces de Clingnancourt. This market is actually a conglomeration of over 10 different markets, and you can spend a whole day roaming through the rooms and stalls. This flea market is usually open to the public Saturday through Monday, from 7 in the morning until 5 or 6 at night.

 

The city of Lille, though, boasts the largest flea market in Europe. The Grande Braderie overtakes the city during the first few days of September each year, turning Lille into a haven for vendors and buyers from all over the world. The Grande Braderie is like no other market in the world, so be sure to check this one out if you are seriously into flea markets.

 

Art in Paris

Very few cities in the world can stand up to the extensive collections and big names of pieces that reside in Paris, so a visit to a few art museums is a must. Most art museums in Paris offer discounts under-25-year-old EU citizens, under-18-year-olds from around the world, and art students and teachers.

 

The most famous museum in Paris is definitely the Louvre. Entrance into the Louvre Museum in Paris costs around €15 per person, and features art by Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Eugene Delacroix, and more.

 

The Centre Pompidou is another famous Parisian museum, which features a massive collection of modern art. Entrance into this museum usually costs €14, and offers guided tours for €4.50 in a number of languages.

 

Champagne tasting

Take a day to discover what makes Champagne so great, both the beverage and the region! There are plenty of options for bus or tasting tours and you can find one that fits your plans best. You can also book a bike tour through the countryside, if you want to exercise while you drink.

 

Here are some useful links for wine tours and bike tours!

 

The Palace of Versailles

This famous Royal Chateau, which was built into its extravagant state by King Louis XIV, is a look into the past life of the French monarchy. Just a day trip from Paris, visitors can expect to spend much of the afternoon strolling through the gardens and roaming the halls of the palace.

 

Tickets into Versailles vary depending on what you want to see or tours you wish to attend. For more information, take a look at their website

 

If this has this got you excited about the prospect of studying in France, have a look at some universities in the country

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Ella Frazer is a student at the University of Puget Sound studying English Literature and Religion. She is currently studying abroad in London and is busy enjoying the collection of museums, constantly losing her way, and being of legal drinking age. When she is not writing for Hotcourses Abroad, you can usually find her searching for manuscripts at the British Library.