Travel in France

Official Tourist Offices in France

We regularly receive emails from visitors in France who relate they are lost in trying to find information on how to get from one place in France to another. The latest asked us for help in getting from Compiegne to Pierrefonds by bus. On such occasions we refrain from advising them to book one […]

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Anticipating the Weather for Your Trip in France

Many of our clients ask us, before they arrive in France, what they can expect in the way of weather, so that they can pack accordingly. The short answer is: everything.

In the good old days, when the weather here was predictably unpredictable, we used to say that our springs are hopelessly unpredictable (might be […]

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Are the French Anti-American?

Every year we host hundreds of visitors in France who come from the United States, and a large number of them are surprised and relieved that they do not encounter any of the anti-Americanism for which France is notorious in the USA. Many ask us what has happened to it? Is it gone for […]

Why do Parisian eating establishments lose luster so quickly?

In the affordable range of the market, eating establishments that reliably maintain their standards, over the years, are rare in France, especially in its large cities. This is partly explained by French labor legislation, which imposes heavy charges on employers, which weigh more heavily with the passage of time. Another part accrues to voracious […]

Choosing a great place to eat in Paris and France

Almost every visitor arrives in France intent on tasting the renowned cuisine about which he or she has heard so much. Who has not heard endless paeans of praise for its fabulous quality and allure? To be sure, it is one of the world’s culinary blessings, and a well-deserved source of French pride and […]

Is the Paris Museum Pass Good Value?

Many of our clients ask us whether we recommend purchasing the Paris Museum Pass (PMP), whether it is good value or, in any case, worth buying. Our answer is no, a definite maybe and yes.

The PMP is currently sold in denominations of 2, 4, and 6 days, at prices of 32, 48 and 64 […]

Eating Establishments in France

What is the reason for so many different types of places to eat in France? What is the difference between a café, bistro, brasserie or restaurant? Their common denominator is that they all serve food, but how are they different?

Cafés mostly cater to local residents, who casually drop by either for something to eat, […]

Driving in France

You feel you are up to the challenge of driving in France, a country where you do not necessarily speak the language or know the local customs. It is a great way to reduce your transportation costs and discover parts of the country that you may never otherwise see. Happily, unless you come from […]

Using Telephones in France

You have arrived in France, fully expecting your cell phone to function, but, for reasons beyond plausible explanation, it doesn’t. What are your options for using telephones in France? There are many. You can use the public phone cabins, which are sprinkled liberally throughout the airports, railway stations and the streets of Paris. […]

Tipping in France

Whether you are in a bar, cafe, brasserie, bistro, or restaurant, all establishments that serve drinks or food in France are required, by law, to include in the price of each item that is listed in their menu 15% of the price that is intended to remunerate the people who provide the service. There […]