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population

67,3 million (2017)

CURRENCY

Euro (EUR)

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TIME DIFFERENCE

UTC + 1

Why should you go to France?

Provence, Paris, Normandy, Corsica, the French Alps and Colmar – we absolutely love France! The food, culture, language and nature. From skiing in Megève to the white cliffs of Étretat - France offers experiences for all the senses. Maybe it will soon be time for a driving holiday in France again?

The Alps-France

10 things you shouldn't miss

1. Look at the Eiffel Tower when it sparkles like a diamond in the evening
2. Eat freshly made oysters in the harbor of Honfleur
3. Stroll around the floral splendor of cute Colmar
4. Visit the cheese towns and farm shops in Normandy
5. Hike in the French Alps in autumn colours
6. Jump into the turquoise sea in Corsica
7. Be amazed by our history at the WW2 memorials in Normandy
8. Drive through blooming lavender fields in Provence
9. See France through the Impressionists at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris
10. Marvel at the opulence of the Palace of Versailles

Five travel tips

01.

Food

France is a real paradise for those who like food, cheese and wine, and you won't find the best food at the Michelin restaurants, but at the small (and affordable) neighborhood restaurants where the locals hang out.

02.

Shops and museum

Sundays are a day of rest and in smaller towns most everything is closed - including grocery stores. If you are renting a house, do not schedule your arrival day for a Sunday. Toilet paper can be hard to come by.

Museums are closed on Mondays and often need to be booked in advance. Expect the Louvre to be fully booked at least a month in advance.

03.

tolls

Many motorways have tolls, don't forget to budget for these. They can easily amount to a few hundred Norwegian kroner per day.

04.

Eat out

In France, you eat lunch between 12-14pm and dinner after 20pm. If you want to get a table at a popular restaurant - book at 18pm. Then there is almost always room. And remember, there is no such thing as a "quick lunch" in France.

05.

Dog friendly

France is incredibly dog-friendly and we did not come across a single restaurant or shop (except grocery stores) where the dog was not allowed inside. Michelin restaurant, bar or hotel - the dog was always more than welcome.

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