- By John
- On Oct 31, 2018
- Travel Tips
Are you going for the glorious Atlantic coast with its rolling surf and delightful small islands. Or do you fancy the Mediterranean with its glitz and glamour? North France is a wonderful area, rich in history and with a superb series of long sandy beaches.
What to do in France?
Do go shopping
If you have a small fortune allotted for shopping, good for you! If you visited Paris for the sole purpose to shop till you drop, even better. The city is like a mini world full of all kinds of boutiques including luxury and designer stores as well as sprawling chain stores. In other words, you’ll pretty much find everything in Paris. Yes, including bargain finds for budget shoppers and high-end haute couture for the rich.
However, don’t expect stores to be open 24/7. Though rare, there are some stores which close during lunch hour (noon to 2:00 PM) and also on weekends.
If you’re up and ready for a day of shopping, some of the best streets to explore are Rue de Rivoli, Boulevard Haussmann, Rue St Honoré, Avenue Montaigne and Boulevard Saint Michel among others.
When entering stores or restaurants, you should say “Bonjour Monsieur” or “Bonjour Madame”. It’s the French’s way of greeting shopkeepers and staff. For tourists, the greeting is a great way to break the ice and to lighten the mood. Don’t just barge in but be mindful of the people around you. That way, you’ll feel more welcome and who knows, you might gain a friend or two along the way.
Do bring a gift for your host when invited over
If you happen to make some friends while in France, lucky you! Some French people love to invite guests over but don’t expect a grand tour, especially in the kitchen. But when you do get invited over for dinner or a party, remember to bring a token of thanks to your host. Bring a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers as a gift and make sure to arrive on time and dressed up.
When seated, do not start eating until your host says, “Bon appétit!” Keep in mind proper dining manners as mentioned above and the biggest compliment you give your host is to finish everything on your plate.