4 Interesting Things to do in France

by Melissa Adams

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Are you thinking about heading over to France this summer? If so, don’t just fall into the usual tourist traps, look for something more interesting to do.

These 4 suggestions will give you some ideas!

#1 Attend Prix de l’Arc De Triomphe

If you’re a sports fan, or you just love your horse racing, you have to take the opportunity to attend Prix de l’arc de Triomphe, or the Arc as it’s known when you’re in France. It’s not only the most famous and prestigious horse race in France, but also one of the best in the world.

You don’t even have to be a big fan of horse racing to attend though. Even someone who knows absolutely nothing about racing can have a great day at the Arc. All you need to do is get dressed up, turn up at the race and have a good time. Place a few beds and have a couple of drinks!

#2 Experience the Glitz of Monaco

You don’t have to be super rich to have a great time enjoying a visit to Monaco. There are ways to see the area on a tight budget; you just have to avoid all the expensive tourist traps that are littered throughout the island. Instead, you should explore the island at your own leisure.

Monaco is home to one of the most stunning coastlines in Europe, so make the most of it. And the climate is pretty good all year round too. It never gets too cold in the winter and doesn’t get too hot in the summer. On top of that, it hardly ever rains.

#3 Visit the D-Day Beaches

This is one of the most emotional trips you’ll ever make. The D-Day beaches in Normandy are where allied troops landed when they launched the operation to liberate France from Nazism in the summer of 1944. It’s hard to imagine now, as the landscape is so quiet and still, but this was the site of one of the most bloody and violent events of the past century.

Once you’ve walked the stretch of beach, you can move up the hill from Omaha Beach and find the Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial. Each gravestone is identical to the one next to it, and it’s quite a sight to behold.

#4 Tour the Champagne Houses

Everyone loves a bit of Champagne from time to time, so, if you’re visiting France, you’ve got to see where it all comes from. The Champagne regions lie in the northeast of the country and can be accessed from Paris quite easily. The best way to see them is by car, but make sure you have a designated driver!

You don’t want to tour all the conventional Champagne houses though; it’s much more fun to visit the smaller ones that fewer people know about. They’re based on small vineyards in quiet villages. Not only do you get to sample some Champagne, you also get to see a different, more scenic side of France.

France is a wonderful country, but it’s not all about the Eiffel Tower and the other big Paris attractions. Try these ideas if you want to do something different.

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