There are some countries that just don’t interest me and some such as France I feel a very strong connection with. There’s something about France – I can’t explain. It’s that “je ne sais quoi”. You know that thing you feel, but can’t really put your hands on? Maybe it’s the architecture, the history, the culture, the food, the fashion or maybe it’s just the French “joie de vivre”? All I know is that when I first got introduced to the French language and culture in school at the age of 12, I fell in love with France immediately! Although I’ve visited France numerous times(+/- 20 times) on various occasions, it’s just too big of a country to see and experience every single town in one lifetime. So I’ve created a list of the typical French things I’ve always wanted to see, try and do – Most I’ve already accomplished and some are still pending. And in this post I’d like to share with you “My Ultimate & Typical Fun French Things To Do List”.
Obviously you can’t really get around France if you don’t speak or understand at least basic French. I’m fortunate with the fact that French was mandatory in high school, and I loved it so much that I continued my French classes in college as well. Unfortunately I don’t speak it fluently anymore, but when I do visit France, it’s like it never left my system. Plus I get to practice with my Parisian friends every now and then…
Eat French food
One of the typical things I like to do when I visit a country is to try the local food. Although the French cuisine is not my favourite in the world, I’ve tried all sorts of dishes from various French regions)north, south, west): From common breads and breakfasts like croissants, baguettes and croque madame to foie gras, crêpes, bouillabaisse, coq au vin, fondue and niçoise salads.
I do have to mention that I’ve never eaten escargots(snails) before. That’s just something I just can’t….
Drink French wine in a French château
I’m not a wine drinker, but drinking wine is what French people do. Plus “châteaux” can be found all around France and when you get the opportunity to experience both… Why not? So a few years ago a Parisian friend of mine got married in a French château and I was honoured to be part of her wedding, which took place in Ancenis, western France.
Cross the street like a French pedestrian (in a bold way LOL)
Crossing the streets in some French cities can be quite a challenge, especially in big cities like Paris, Marseille and Lyon(considering the way people drive….). Although jaywalking is prohibited, people don’t really care.
This photo was taken in a somewhat smaller French city, Nantes( in western France), but you get my point…(This was somehow the only photo where you see me cross a street in France)
Chill around the Eiffel tower
It was 11 years ago when I first visited France on a solo trip to Paris(to visit a Parisian friend of mine) and the Eiffel tower was obviously the first thing I had to see. After that very first time I visited Paris om various occasions..because you know what they say: Paris is always a good idea!
Feel like a princess at the Palace of Versailles
In 2012 I finally got to visit the palace of Versailles. The palace and the beautiful garden look more beautiful in real life! For one day I felt like a princess though, but I think most tourists do when they visit this magical golden place and it beautiful gigantic garden!
Swim in the Cote d’Azur/French Riviera
Who doesn’t want to swim in the French Riviera? A few years ago I made a mini road trip along the coastline of the south of France and obviously took a dip in the beautiful azure blue waters. You can read all about it here.
Stroll and shop around Les Champs Elysées
Although the Champs Elysées is known for its luxury boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Guerlain and Cartier, there are also less expensive shops like Sephora, the Gap, H&M and Zara. It’s always fun to stoll around les Champs Elysées or just chill somewhere and do some people watching.
Stroll along the Seine and visit French museums
I’m a lover of art, architecture and history and where else can you find all 3? In Paris of course! I love Paris, especially in the Summer as I love to stroll along the river Seine and just take in the beautiful sights of the city.
Paris just comes alive in the Summer and there’s so much to do and see From the Mona Lisa at the Louvre to Centre Pompidou; Just the building alone is an amazing artwork by itself!
Run through the sunflower and lavender fields in the Provence region and combine it with a trip to Nice, Monaco and St. Tropez
(A dream yet to be fulfilled. Once I get the chance I will update this post)
And this was my typical French things to do list. As you could see there’s still one major typical French thing I’d like to see and experience. I’m not sure when I will do this in the future, but once I do, I will update this post. My next trip to France will be in 3 weeks though, but not to the south, instead, it will be a weekend getaway to Lille(a small town in the north of France).
Do you have that thing for France as well? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. Thank you for reading. As always, xo – Jey.