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France is a veritable feast of different scenery, beaches, cities and culture. You could literally visit France every year for the rest of your life and still come nowhere near to seeing everything this fascinating country has to offer.
Each area of France has its own characteristics, architectural styles and cuisine, and even its own dialect. From the rugged coastline of Brittany in the north to the azure waters of St Tropez and the French Riviera in the south there’s certainly no shortage of places to enjoy the sea. Add to that the rolling hills of Provence, the gorges of the Pyrenees, the valleys of the Dordogne and the icy peaks of the Alps and you've got the perfect recipe for a vacation to remember.
The industrial age came along quite late to France, and many of its inhabitants still regard it as a rural country with a history to cherish, despite its modern, vibrant cities. Indeed, you won’t fail to notice the sheer amount of space in the French countryside, interspersed with beautiful towns and villages miles from anywhere. Undeveloped land without a building in sight has barely changed over the centuries, where traditional houses and streets remain intact. With some unique cuisines on offer and wine by the barrel, your trip to France will provide some amazing memories to last a lifetime.
Here are five things you may not have known about France, which you’ll want to make note of before packing your bags:Time Difference: UTC +2 hoursCurrency: Euro Native Language: FrenchWeather: The climate of France is generally cold in winter and mild in summer, but mild winters and hot summers are usual along the Mediterranean sea (French Riviera) and in the South West of France. Along the Rhône Valley an occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind blows known as the mistral.Sales Tax: 20%
Here’s everything you’ll need to know about flying to France from Canada, including flight times and entry requirements.
Flights from Canada to France generally take around nine hours, with direct flights available from Toronto, Montreal and Quebec.
Flights from other cities in Canada, such as Vancouver and Calgary, will have to take indirect routes, which will take a little longer.
Canadian citizens using Canadian passports do not require a visa to enter France for stays under 90 days. Non-Canadians must make an appointment directly with the appropriate consulate and attend the in person interview and fingerprinting. You must contact the consulate for the appointment.
The following airlines offer direct flights from Canada to France:
- Air Canada
- Air France
- Air Transat
- American Airlines
If you’ve never visited France before and are wondering what the ‘must-see’ sights and attractions are, here are our top ten:
- Walt Disney Studios Park
- Palace of Versailles
- Musee d'Orsay
- Promenade des Anglais
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Eiffel Tower
- Louvre Museum
- Luxembourg Gardens
- Arc de Triomphe
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