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Recent France reviews

  • This Studio MADE our trip!

    "My husband and I just returned from 2-1/2 weeks in this lovely studio apartment in Aix. The location was perfect for short walks to find the best bread, pastries, cheese, pate, gelato, and fresh fruits and vegetables we're ever eaten (and we're foodies!). The roasted chickens, grilled sausage and fresh pasta were also wonderful. We probably ate at home more than we ate out because it was so easy to purchase delectable items at the local shops and markets. Plus we loved simply being in the apartment and enjoying the sounds from the Cours Mirabeau below. We should point out that we are 70 and the staircase didn't bother us a bit. It was probably a key reason we didn't gain weight after eating with such abandon for an extended period of time! We had a rental car the first week, but decided it was too much trouble to drive ourselves around--and the truly remarkable parking garages charge an arm and a leg. Thereafter, we relied on local touring companies (8-person vans with English-speaking drivers) which were excellent. We can't say enough good things about the owners of the apartment. They were thoroughly helpful in all respects. We'd definitely recommend this apartment to our friends."
    Guest: The Francophiles Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 15, 2014
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  • Fantastic location!

    "A great apartment in a fantastic location with the added bonus of a bakery on the ground floor. We were well looked after. The only negative was that the sofa beds were not very comfortable."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: June 4, 2014
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  • Great Apartment, Great Location, Great Host

    "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Laurent's apartment, we are a family of 4 with two children age 16 and 14. Laurent's communication was excellent. He met us and showed us through the apartment - very friendly and helpful host. The showers and kitchen have been very recently updated and were a very nice feature. Bedrooms and living room were nicely furnished, we felt very much at home. The apartment is on the 4th floor which was not a problem for us, but may be for people with disabilities. The location was ideal for us in the Le Marais section of Paris. The Strasboug Saint Denis metro station was only about 200 yards (meters) from the front door and we could be anywhere in Paris in less than 10 minutes. Walking to the Seine was less than 15 minutes. There was great dining only a few minutes walk away. I used Google Earth to look at the immediate neighbor and had some questions about the neighborhood having never been to Paris. I read many reviews before booking with Laurent. We felt safe and would stay there again with my children. Get location, great apartment, great host."
    Guest: Scott W. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 31, 2014
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  • Perfect Holiday Home

    "The best equipped rental holiday property we have ever visited. The views were mesmerising and the terrace was perfect for relaxing after a day spent exploring the wonderful hilltop towns. Beverly was very helpful in every way and we left having felt that we had made a friend. The villa and gardens "blew us away" - and so did the Mistral!!!!"
    Guest: Dorothy B. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 18, 2014
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France Travel Tips

Travelers to France Vacation Rentals

France attracts visitors who want to experience the romance of Paris or the French countryside. Once you immerse yourself in the culture, traveling around France is a delightful experience. On one hand, the country is exceptionally glamorous and modern, and on the other hand, the people are very traditional. There is something for almost everyone's interest in France.

Seasons to Visit France Apartments

Most travelers will choose to visit France during the warmer summer months. The season starts in June and runs through September. The peak travel season is during July and August. For those traveling to France to ski, the ski season runs from early December to April, depending on snowfall. The peak season is during December and January.

France Travel Attractions

France has a reputation for being a destination that is both incredibly romantic and very snobbish to visitors. It is a destination that has a wide variety of travel attractions, including a number of famous landmarks. Paris alone has several places that are must-sees on your travel itinerary if it is your first visit to France. The Eifel Tower is at the top of the list. Be aware that in peak season you may need to line up for some time if you want to get up the viewing deck. The Champs Elyses is the landmark tree-lined avenue that leads away from the Arc de Triomph. Walk up the avenue and enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the many cafes. It will probably be the most expensive cup of coffee you'll have in your life but at least you can say you enjoyed the city Parisian style.

The Louvre is a world-renowned art museum where you can see the works of several leading Renaissance artists. Perhaps the most famous artworks there are the Mona Lisa and the Venice de Milo. Heading south towards Bordeaux, you will encounter stunningly beautiful scenery. The landscape is often dotted with ancient castles and mansions that are centuries old. If you enjoy wine, spend some time visiting the cellars in the Bordeaux region. The social elite frequent the south of France to laze on the Mediterranean beaches during the summer months. If you want to enjoy some skiing, head to the French Alps in the southeastern region of France. There are numerous top-quality ski resorts that have miles of groomed trails and ski runs.

Traveling to France

The capital of France is Paris which serves as the primary travel hub into the country. The main airport is known as Charles De Gaulle International Airport and located to the northeast of the city. It is well connected with the local public transportation system as well as taxis. A secondary airport is located to the south of Paris and known as Paris Orly Airport. Charles De Gaulle Airport hosts most major commercial international airlines as it is one of the busiest airports in Europe. Most flights from other continents will fly directly to Paris. Other major airports in France are located in Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseilles and Lyon. If you are traveling to the Mediterranean coast of France then Marseilles will be your main point of entry. If you want to visit the countryside and wine areas then Toulouse or Bordeaux will be the best travel hubs. If you are going skiing in the French Alps, fly into the city of Lyon. France has an extensive rail and road network and is easily accessible from other parts of Europe. Intercity trains provide high-speed rail transportation between the major cities. If you want to hire a car to get around, it is advisable to do so outside of urban areas. Driving within the city limits can be chaotic and public transportation is a much safer option.

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