Learn French Quick

Going on holiday to France and don’t know any French? Well best get to know the basics very soon then! You don’t need to have an extensive knowledge of the whole French dictionary but knowing the basics will certainly make your holiday a lot simpler. Words including, yes, no, hello and goodbye are great words to know, and don’t forget you’re going to France, you can’t just expect them to know full English and you know no French at all. So here are a few basics to help you out:

400-h_mainYes – Oui (WEE)

No – Non

Please – S’il vous plait (seell voo pleh) 

Thank you – Merci (Mer-see)

You’re welcome – De rien (duh ryang)

Excuse Me – Pardon

I’m sorry – Desole (day-zoh-lay)

I don’t understand – Je ne comprends pas

Do you speak English? – Parlez-vous anglais? (par-lay vooz ahng-leh?) 

Hello – Bonjour/Salut

Good evening – Bonsoir

Goodbye – Au Revoir/Salut

Goodnight – Bonne Nuit (bon nwee)

These are just the basic words and phrases you’re likely to need to know just to get you through the days of your French holiday and make it that little bit easier to communicate with the fellow people.

 

Budget Holiday

Looking for a holiday destination but on a budget? France is always on the cards for a budget holiday, it is near to home which makes it cheap to get to and has one of the best selections of affordable self catering holiday accommodation in Europe.

Everyone deserves a well earned break at some point, especially if you work full time, or have children! Going to France not only gives you a break away from life back home but it also doesn’t break the bank. France as a holiday destination caters for many people’s idea of a “perfect” holiday, with beaches, breathtaking countryside and picturesque towns and villages there is something for everyone.

France also has a huge range of affordable and beautiful self catering properties available for you to rent out or stay so if you’re looking for a budget holiday I would most definitely recommend France!  

 

 

I bet you didn’t know this…

With France being just a short hop across the channel we would expect to know rather a lot about the place, however, here are some facts I bet you didn’t know about France…

France is actually the most visited country in the world, attracting 83 million tourists in 2012. I bet you didn’t know that!

France once upon a time used to control more than 8% of the world’s land.

You know Napoleon? Yeah, well he actually wasn’t short, he was actually above the average height for a Frenchman.

Paris wasn’t originally Paris… It was originally a Roman City called ‘Lutetia’.

The French Government gives medals to Citizens who have “successfully raised several children with dignity”. I most definitely guarantee you didn’t know this one!

This one surely can’t be true!? There is only one, I repeat, ONE stop sign in the entire City of Paris.

Well… In France you can apparently marry a dead person.

French toast isn’t actually French!? Joseph French advertised the modern toast but forgot to add the apostrophe…

Louis XIX was king of France for just 20 minutes. This must be a record for the shortest time as King surely!?

During WWII, when Hitler visited Paris, the French cut the lift cables on the Eiffel Tower so that Hitler would have to climb the steps if he wanted to reach the top.

Well this one is a bit different… There is a coffee shop in France where not saying “Hello” and “Please” makes your coffee more expensive.

So there you have it, some facts I bet you didn’t know about France!

What to Visit in France

France has everything you need for the perfect holiday, enjoy going shopping? There are a huge range of shops and shopping centres to splash the cash! Theme parks more your thing?  Then you can take a trip to Disney Land Paris! There are also several fetes, markets, and lots of historical and culture to learn about France whilst you’re there. Here is a guide from French Connections, a popular company who offer beautiful accommodation in France, of places of interest in France.

Why go to France?

Looking for you next holiday and not sure where to go? Well why not consider France… Being just a mere short hop across the channel France has so much to offer. From lots of family attractions to the beautiful french cuisine to try out on a romantic trip away with your loved one there is something for everyone. As well as so much to do there is a range of accommodation types including, just bed and breakfast, hotels, gites and villas.

There are many regions in France which all have so much to offer. North East France is more for the people who want enjoy the historical side of France and its culture more. Or head over to the North West for the sandy beaches and lush countryside. Even head over to the French Alps to take on the slopes, no matter what your interests are and what you want to go on holiday for France has a place for everyone.

There are so many things to do in France including fishing, golfing, horse riding; you could even go to France on a cycling holiday. There are also various activities to do so if you’re looking for an activity holiday France is the place to go!

Obviously wine is known for its great wines and fine cuisine from snails to frogs legs. If you enjoy your food but have never tried anything out of the ordinary then why not head over to France and try out their specialities.

Why you should go to France…

Whether you are looking for a luxury trip abroad or a budget weekend away, France is a top destination to travel too.

Individuals from all over the world travel to France to experience the cities, food,  romance and heritage.

If you are going for a longer trip, the quality of where you are staying will probably be ranked higher in terms of importance in your mind. Being refreshed and ready can make all the difference for the day ahead!

France can be the perfect place to go to if you are looking for an activity holiday in the countryside, including activities such as; cycling, fishing, yoga, rock climbing. Not only can you be active in the countryside, as cities provide many tourist attractions, such as churches, the Eiffel Tower, museums as well as many unique boutique shops that are individual.

Travel is easily accessible and really simple. Don’t feel daunted because you are in a foreign country! As well as being able to work out routes easily, there are numerous modes of transport available, such as; ferries, regional airports, trains, busses, cars and taxis- the perfect range if you want to get from A to B quickly and efficiently.

When you return home, you will be taking with you (aside from souvenirs), fantastic memories and experiences from your trip.

Staying in a villa in France

France is a well visited place due to it being very conveniently placed, with so much to offer and being just a short trip away it is definitely a must-visit place. With the huge range of things you can do in France it is the perfect destination for couples and families and what is even better is that France have a huge range of villa rentals, all very luxurious and some even have their very own private pools.

You’re probably thinking, “What is so special about renting a villa in France?”, well I have the answer. With the amount of activities and attractions that France has to offer why stay in a hotel when you may end up being restricted on what you can do due to timings for meals etc. Staying in a villa means self-catering, some people dislike the idea of this, however, I think self-catering is great, you can do as you wish, go out for meals or even cook romantic meals for you and your partner in the villa. What is not to like about that!?

Here are a few examples of luxurious villas in France:

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Now you have seen a few of the stunning villas that are for rent in France surely you must desperately want to visit and rent your very own villa?