Quick facts about France, Paris
Major Airports: Charles de Gaulle Airport – Paris (CDG)
Currency: Euro - EUR ($1 US = $0.83 EUR)
Language: The national language is French.
Documents: Valid passport and return ticket, a visa is not required when visiting for less than three months. Valid U.S. driver’s license is needed for driving in France, minimum age to rent a car is typically 24 years old, and the rental car company will also provide a “Carte Grise” and insurance required for driving in France. If you want to make sure you have all the appropriate documents you should check in with the closest French Embassy or Consulate.
When to Go: Overall France has a temperate climate. The winters are cold, summers are hot and little rain. There are better chances of warm and comfortable weather from June through September.
Getting There: There are over 30 major US cities that have direct flights to Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport, making it convenient and affordable deals can be found.
Getting Around: The French train system is by far the fastest and most practical method of transportation. The SNCF is one of the most efficient systems and their super fast TGV (high-speed trains). Most of the towns in France can be traveled around via metro, tram systems or bus. If you prefer to rent a car, remember that the French drive on the right hand side of the road and because of the highway tolls and high gasoline costs, it is expensive especially if you are not traveling in a large group to be able to split the costs. However, you can always get a better deal when you plan in advance as they are several Fly and Drive special packages.
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France being one of the leading nations in Europe has a history that can be traced back to thousands of years. Life was possible for the Neanderthals back then due to fertile lands and favorable geographical location. Due to this reasons, Paris has become a center for artistic and intellectual development for numerous centuries with influences including Celtic, Roman, and Scandinavian. To understand its history, it is best to review it by period. During the Roman times around 3rd century BC, the Parisii or Celtics inhabited Ile de la Cite and continued for 3 centuries until the barbaric invasion. ... Read more »
Recent reviews for Paris
The wonderful France - Feb 22, 2006, by travelgrove-editor
France is the country of romance, fine food and beverages and it offers an endless choice of enchanting destinations. This country's landscape from the towering snow capped mountains of the Alps, the quaint countryside, the vineyards, thick... Read more »
What to know about the Notre Dame Cathedral - Apr 30, 2009, by cipristb
The Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most recognized historic monuments in France. It is located on Ile de la Cite, its construction began in 1163 and lasted until 1250. The Notre Dame Cathedral is considered the darkest gothic style... Read more »
Public transportation in Paris - Aug 16, 2009, by erato
Paris is indeed an amazing city with world famous monuments and people. It is as beautiful as they say but still causes many surprises for a first-time visitor like myself.Paris - Transportation There are two different cities, one under... Read more »
Top things to do in Paris - Jun 30, 2009, by diana_ciocoiu
Paris, the capital and largest city of France, is an important cultural center of fashion, entertainment and gastronomy.The most recommended periods to visit Paris are spring and autumn. Why? Because the agreeable temperature provide better... Read more »
You will need a lot of time in Paris - Aug 27, 2009, by erato
Paris is just as beautiful as they say. The whole city, the streets, the buildings. Although, I didn't like the contrast between the old buildings and the very modern ones next to each other. The city was also extremely crowded, there... Read more »
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