Can you travel to France and make an exotic trip? Before starting my crossing of France on foot, I had the intuition, but I had no idea how much more beautiful this trip to France would be of all my travels. Here are the 7+1 good reasons to visit France and some ideas for a weekend or more to discover its regions.
For almost 20 years, wherever I travel, people have been surprised by my interest in their respective countries.
Because to visit France is to travel in the most beautiful country in the world.
For years, France has been the world’s leading tourist destination. We are the envy of the Eiffel Tower, Mont-Saint-Michel and the castles of the Loire Valley. We come to ski in the Alps, to laze on the beaches of the Côte d’Azur, to taste the French art of living… Everything the world envies is there, right before our eyes. Wouldn’t it be a shame not to take advantage of it?
To discover the French regions as new destinations
Taking an exotic trip to France? Of course it’s possible! You can find everything in France. Reliefs worthy of the Mongolian steppes (welcome to the Cézallier), valleys drowned by fog thicker than in Scotland (welcome to Creuse), forests as far as the eye can see with the false air of Canada (welcome to the Morvan), ancient volcanoes, a few high peaks, islands, turquoise blue waters… As for the choice, there is only embarrassment!
To rediscover the regional gastronomy
Discovering the gastronomy of a country, for me, is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the trip. As such, a stay in France is an absolute must. Local produce, regional specialities, local produce and wines from the barrel, alcohol from behind the bundles… You rediscover ossau iraty in the Basque country, armagnac in the Gers, you find yourself loving farçou and taking potato cake… Going to the market has never been so pleasant. For the scales, get some exercise! That’s what hiking trails are made for…
For its inexhaustible network of hiking trails
More than 60,000 kilometres of hiking trails criss-cross the French countryside and mountains. Some of them, such as the GR20 (the great crossing of Corsica), the GR10 (the great crossing of the Pyrenees) or the GR65 (the road to Santiago de Compostela from Le Puy-en-Velay) have gained international renown. Others, more confidential, allow you to discover the regions of France on foot by following marked and maintained itineraries. By the day or over several weeks, hiking is one of the best ways to travel in France in immersion and close to the territories.
To make friends that you will be able to see again
Maintaining a friendship thousands of miles away? Personally, I’ve never been able to. Distance is the tragedy of all friendships made at the end of the world. In France, on the contrary, your new friends are within easy reach by train or car. For a weekend and a country getaway, you’re back together again to pick up the thread of your discussions. Thanks to my trip to France, my circle of friends has grown and I hope to be able to cultivate these new friendships for a long time to come.