Fall in Love with France
France is famed for its fine food and drink, from wines (it’s the birthplace of Champagne) to cheeses such as Camembert and Roquefort – all proudly produced locally. It’s also renowned for its charming boulangeries and pâtisseries. What could be better than sinking your teeth into a hearty baguette sandwich or nibbling on a dainty macaron at a sun-drenched pavement café?
With a 35-hour working week and at least five weeks’ worth of paid vacation, the French get plenty of leisure time to kick back, relax and enjoy the finer things in life. Do as the locals do and enjoy a picnic at Jardin des Tuileries in Paris; alternatively, venture down to the French Riviera, where you can lounge about on postcard-perfect beaches.
In this country that’s packed with attractions, each French city has its own distinctive charms. Paris boasts world-class museums like the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, while Strasbourg is known for its architecture, from Gothic cathedrals to Art Nouveau buildings. Then there’s Cannes, with its glitzy film festival and upscale hotels.
If you’re visiting the capital, book a stay at La Clef Tour Eiffel Paris, a luxurious property that is set in an elegant 19th-century building. What’s more, many rooms offer unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower, which is a 10-minute walk away.