When you decide to take a vacation to France there are some information that you should know. Learning how the country is and what it offers will make your trip from beginning to end stress free. You should be aware of how you will travel to get there, and once you are there. You should know of the areas you are going to visit and where you plan on staying. You also should know how to act while there because every country has their own customs and ways of doing everyday things.
Air France is the national airline for the country. There are quite a few airports to choose from. Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) is located 14 miles from the city. There are coaches that run every 20 minutes to the city for easy travel. The airport is also near a train that can take you where you want to go. Paris-Orly (ORY) is an airport that is located 9 miles south of the city. Buses and coaches run about every 12 minutes to help you get to your destination. Taxis are also easy to find. Lyon (LYS) (Lyon-Saint-Exupéry) is an airport found 15 miles from the city. Taxis and coaches are available.
One other airport you can fly to is Marseille (MRS) (Marseille-Marignane). It is located 19 miles from the city and also has coaches and taxis ready for travelers.
Greetings in France usually consist of shaking hands, and often times kissing both cheeks. Monsieur or Madame is the normal terms to address someone. If you go to a formal dinner the special guest or host will let everyone know when they can begin to eat. Mealtime is usually long and relaxing so make sure you space your plans correctly so you can enjoy your meal. Casual clothing is common, but France is known for their stylish clothes. If you go to a more social spot such as a club or casino, the clothing is more formal.
The weather in France differs throughout the year just like in the rest of the world. When packing your clothing you will have to consider this. In the spring and fall the temperatures are commonly between 45-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter time temperatures range between 30-45 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer is naturally the warmest time of year with temperatures being 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember to pack comfortable shoes for all the walking you will be doing. Clothes that can be layered will be ideal for temperature changes and also a coat that can be for all types of weather.
If you only know a few words in French, do not worry. Even though French is the official language of the country, English is understood by many French that live in major cities.
When traveling to France you will need to remember that passports are required. If you do not have one while you are arranging your trip, it is best to get one issued to you as soon as possible so it does not interrupt your plans. Once you have everything set and you are there enjoying yourself, the only thing you will have to worry about is which wine you are going to have.