• Nice and the French Riviera -- The French Riviera, which extends from St. Tropez to the Italian border, boasts palm trees, elegant casinos, sand and small stone beaches, charming harbors and fresh seafood.
• Versailles -- Located just outside of Paris, Versailles is best known for the palace of the same name, once home to the French court. Today, you can tour the Hall of Mirrors and Marie Antoinette's bedroom as well as stroll through the manicured gardens.
• Tours -- Located along the Loire River, Tours is the center of France's Chateaux district. More than a dozen grand palaces and historic country mansions dot the landscape.
• Normandy -- This province, located on the English Channel, is best known for the beaches that were the launching site of the Allied invasion during World War II. Memorials to the men who died there can be found along the seaside. However, there is more to see in Normandy. The area is known for its apple cider, quaint villages and Gothic cathedrals. This is also the home of Monet's home at Giverny and the medieval tapestry at Bayeux.
• Grenoble and the French Alps -- Many also travel to France for the skiing. The more than two dozen French ski resorts in the Alps and surrounding mountains include Chamonix, Courcheval, Megeve and Val d'Isere.French is the official language of France. Although English and many other European languages are often spoken and/or understood, you shouldn't assume everyone you meet speaks your language. Learning at least a few words of French before you travel can go a long way towards making a good first impression with the French men and women you meet.
The official currency in France is the euro.
When calling France from outside of the country, dial 011, then 33, then the city code followed by the local number.