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Travel France for rookies

21:36  20 march  2018
21:36  20 march  2018 Source:   msn.com

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In Paris last June, I kept running into a delightful woman from Indiana on her first trip there. Wonderstruck by the city's charms, she was doing everything right -- picking up French words, conversing with every local she could, and enjoying the great artistic and cultural experiences.

To get the most out of France, it's essential to connect with the culture. Go on a wine tour, play boules with the locals, and make an effort to understand what matters to the French about their country. If you're a first-time visitor to France, here are some more tips.

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Slow down and savor the experience. There's a lot to see: three mountain ranges, two very different coastlines, several cosmopolitan cities, and countless sleepy villages. If you only have one or two weeks for your first trip, don't try to do too much. Limit yourself to Paris and perhaps one other popular region (Normandy, the Loire, the Dordogne, Provence, or the French Riviera). You can't experience l'art de vivre -- the art of living -- if you're rushing around.

Learn the ins and outs of transit. Though you shouldn't speed through the place you came to see, it makes sense to use the high-speed bullet train (TGV) to get between far-flung destinations. Buy early; advance-purchase discounts can get snapped up months ahead -- and if you're traveling with a rail pass, reserve your TGV seats as soon as you can. Local trains and buses get you to smaller towns -- or you can rent a car.

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Manual transmission cars are cheaper to rent and get better mileage. Driving rules are largely the same as in the U.S., but mind the speed limit -- speed cameras are everywhere, and tickets are costly. At the pump, make sure you're getting the right fuel: essence is gasoline while gasoil is diesel.

In Paris, transit passes decrease your cost per ride: Buy a carnet of 10 Metro tickets or a Passe Navigo (which covers Paris as well as trips to outlying châteaux and the airports; the weekly pass is valid Monday-Sunday).

Memorize (at least) five French phrases. You'll get better treatment if you use basic French pleasantries: bonjour (good day); pardon (pardon me) -- you'll be using it on the Metro; s'il vous plait (please); merci (thank you); and au revoir (goodbye). Begin every encounter (for instance, when entering a shop) with "Bonjour, madame (or monsieur)," and end every encounter with a cheery "Au revoir, madame (or monsieur)." BOULES: Admire the skill of ball-tossing boules players in village squares — or join a game for maximum joie de vivre.© Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Admire the skill of ball-tossing boules players in village squares — or join a game for maximum joie de vivre.

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  Air France cancels flights amid strike over pay Air France says a quarter of its long-haul flights from and to Paris will be cancelled Saturday during a daylong strike over pay. The company said in a statement Friday that 35 percent of its medium-haul flights arriving and departing from Paris-Charles de Gaulle will be canceled. Air France recommends that passengers check their flights before going to the airport and delay their trips. The company has offered to change tickets for free.Strikers hope to pile pressure on management to increase salaries by 6 percent.The strike will further disrupt transport in France.

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Sightsee smartly. Check for sightseeing passes and combo-ticket deals. For example, the Paris Museum Pass pays for itself with four key admissions in two days (for example, the Louvre and Orsay museums, Sainte-Chapelle church, and the Palace of Versailles), and it lets you skip the ticket line at most sights. Without a pass, buy advance tickets online to save time in line. It's always smart to reserve a ticket for the Eiffel Tower well in advance of your trip.

Treat your taste buds. A good meal is a three-hour joyride for the senses -- as rich as visiting an art gallery and as stimulating as a good massage. Choose a spot filled with locals and off the main drag. Restaurants open for dinner at about 7 p.m. and are most crowded at about 8:30 p.m. -- reserve ahead for a splurge meal. You can order off the menu, which is called la carte and offers more selection; or you can order a multi-course, fixed-price meal, which, confusingly, is called le menu. Cafe hours are generally longer than restaurants, and they offer more simple and quick options on their menus. When considering the high cost of eating out, remember that tax and tip (which amount to about 25 percent back home) are included in the prices on the menu.

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Sleep in style. The French rate hotels with stars: I like well-located, family-run two-star hotels. They are simple, comfortable, and can be preferable to a fancier three-star place in a less charming location.

In Paris, apartment rentals are generally no cheaper than nice hotels, but you'll get more space and can save some money on meals. A budget alternative in expensive cities are short-term rental services such as Airbnb. In the countryside, home rentals (gites) are a great value: For an average of about $1,500 a week, you can rent a three-bedroom two-bathroom place -- that's $500 each for three couples.

While these tips can help prepare you to have a better trip, the most important tip is to travel with the right attitude. Become a cultural chameleon ... embrace the French ways. Don't be judgmental. Travel with a spirit of adventure and strive to get out of your comfort zone. If you travel with the childlike joy and wide-eyed enthusiasm of the traveler from Indiana, you're sure to have the trip of your dreams. You might even come home a Francophile!

(Rick Steves (www.ricksteves.com) writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. Email him at rick@ricksteves.com and follow his blog on Facebook.)

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