Bring a corkscrew and a sense of adventure. Meet Matt, the France Expert who shares his tips for travelling France and what gives France that la joie de vivre.
1. How many times have you visited France?
2. What is your favorite city in France?
The old town, Petit Venice, in Colmar, which is about 45 minutes south of Strasbourg by train.
3. What surprised you the most about France?
The diversity of all the areas.
4. What made you fall in love with France?
The food, the wine, and the culture. I love France’s small towns and history.
5. What’s your favorite memory about France?
Flying over the Vosges Mountains and seeing all the little red-roofed towns before landing in Strasbourg, then getting into the city and seeing the mix of old world and new.
6. What are your top 3 France tips that you would give a client travelling there?
Head to the small towns or the country. You get a better feel for France.
Try the food. France is well-known for having some of the best food in the world. Make sure to try the local specialties. If you can, try to get into a Michelin-starred restaurant. It will be an experience you won’t forget.
Rent a car. It’s the best way to see the country and discover some hidden gems and allows you to explore on your schedule.
7. Why do you think it’s important for people to visit France?
Beauty, history, and joie de vivre! From the Roman remains all through the south and the quaint mix of German and French architecture and history in Alsace, France will constantly surprise you. You can visit the largest sand dune in Arcachon and a 45-minute journey will lead you to Bordeaux, one of the best wine regions in France. The Normandy coast has a shared history with Canada. If you decide to visit this area, stop by the D-Day landing site and Juno Beach Centre. In the fall, there are many little festivals all around to celebrate the harvest. It’s a great way to experience local life. The Lascaux cave is a great look into pre-historic life in France.
8. What things would you recommend someone pack for a trip to France?
A corkscrew and a sense of adventure! There is nothing like getting on a train to take a day trip or turning a corner to find your next favourite restaurant. Also… a rain coat wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Vive le France. Make your way to one of the greatest countries in the world and let us worry about the details. You can connect with our France Expert Matt Chambers online, visit him in-store, or call 1-866-821-3900.