France

France is a country that draws more tourists than other countries. It is located in Central Europe, bordering Germany, Belgium, Suiss and Spain. The tourists are attracted by the ski slopes of the Alps, sunlit vineyards and sunny beaches. France is undoubtly a place to eat and drink till your heart is content. The best time to visit France is spring and those interested in winter sports can drop at the Alps and Pyrenees with some polar gear. Summers are very hot but the winters are moderate. Comfortable shoes and an all-weather coat are a must. Women should carry cocktail dresses as some of the good restaurants ask for it. Wearing sleeveless shirts and shorts is ok exept you are visiting any religious site.

Culture

The official language being spoken is French but English is widely spoken even though some locals don’t like to speak English. Handshaking is common here greeting and women should be kissed on both cheeks and should be addressed as Monsieur or Madame. Smoking is banned in public places.

Site Seeing

Paris, also called the city of love, is a massive city with many attractions in reachable distance thanks to the efficient public transport system. It boasts of more than 80 museums and 200 arts galleries. A trip to the magnificent Eiffel tower and to Disney land will make the trip worthwhile.


View from the Arc de Triomphe

Attractive tourists spots are the Arc de triomphe which spans over the tomb of an unknown soldier, the forbidding gothic architecture of the Notre Dame cathedral, the picturesque Sacre Coeur, to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Moulin Rouge and boat tours along the Seine. Get the Carte Musees-Monuments pass, which gives access to 70 monuments and museums.


Basilica Sacre Ceur

Tipping

Tips won’t cost much here, an extra doller can be given to the waiter as tip.


The Louvre in Paris

Electricity

The Voltage is 220 V and the frequence is 50 Hz.

Getting There

The national airline in France is Air France but there are many low-cost airlines providing services from Uk, too. The major airport of the country is Paris-Charles de Gaulle which is 23km away from the city. For transport coaches, taxis and limousines services are provided at the airport. Using the railway you should be able to reach all the terminals within 8 minutes. Other airpots in France are Paris-Orly, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nice, Lyon and Toulouse.

Ferry and cruise trips can be made from ports such as Atlantic, North Sea, Mediterranean, and Havre.

Duty Free Items

The following items can be carried without customs duty being levied on them:
1. 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco
2. 1liter of spirits over 22 per cent or 2liter of alcoholic beverage up to 22 per cent
3. 2liter of wine
4. 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette
5. 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract
6. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract

Food and agricultural products should be avoided.