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Best web sites for traveling in France

by ExperiencePlus! - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Best web sites for traveling in France

Train Transportation in France

 

We suggest two different websites for train information in France:

 

Rail Europe – this is the US ticket agent for most European Rail lines. This site works for most major rail lines. If you cannot find what you are looking for here try the next one.

The French National Railways site (English version): SNCF is the official web site of the French National Railroads. We suggest you use the English language version which takes you right to the page where you can search schedules. Use this to view transit times from town to town for planning purposes and to see the cost of the ticket. Note you must select a travel date and approximate time to get a schedule. The scheduler will find the train for you and then you can ask it to calculate a price.

To the question: Country in which the tickets are to be delivered or collected, keep "France" as the destination.

 

 

Getting around in Paris

Subway and suburb trains

Use RATP as a guide to getting around in Paris by public transportation.

 

 

Rental cars in France

Europcar

ADA (in French only)

We recommend you to rent directly from the US. The best deals are usually through travel agents (moreover, they provide you an added level of protection).

 

 

French hotels

Gîtes de France offers a real alternative to traditional holidays and breaks. Quite apart from being an art of holiday-making, Gîtes de France offers what money can’t buy: authenticity, hospitality, friendship, and the chance to experience the joys and pleasures of the French way of life first hand. They are B&Bs in private homes, most often located in the countryside. It is the ideal way to explore France and its rich and varied scenery, and get to know its people.

More than 3000 hotel-restaurants are united around a concept of providing high quality service, authenticity and the discovery of local specialties.

This philosophy gave birth to the Logis de France quality label.

Les hotels de France is the official directory for the profession. It promotes the French hotel industry internationally and this position of ambassador serves as a guarantee of its dependability. Les hotels de France directory is a comprehensive and accurate listing all the hotels approved by the Ministry of Tourism.

 

 

French weather

The meteofrance website gives you the weather forecast for France, in French.

Read Rick’s answer to "what will the weather be like on my trip?"

 

French maps

Google maps are available for regions, roads, and weather.

Michelin gives you a lot of info, maps, itineraries, weather and hotels along the way.

 

 

Visit Paris

This is the Paris tourism office website. It provides information about accommodation, museums, restaurants, and transportation in Paris. It is very clear and simple to use.

Not only does the Conciergerie website gives the general tourist information about the French capital but it also provides information about the French countryside such as the Champagne region, the D-Day beaches, the Loire Valley Castles, and the Mont Saint Michel.

The visit-paris website is quite upscale and provides many ideas for a night out on the town including restaurants and shopping.

 

 

Visit Corsica

www.corsica-isula.com

 

 

 

French cinema

Check the website French cinema for up-to-date information about French cinema in the US.

“New Wave” or “Nouvelle Vague”, this moviemaker.com web page illustrates the trend of the 1950’ and 1960’ French cinema.

 

 

French gastronomy, wine and heritage

Improve your knowledge about French gastronomy and wine by surfing these websites.

The French food gate

French wines and food

The terroir de France

Chocolates and Zucchini the award winning food blog about French and Paris cuisine.

 

Cometofrance lists France’s Most Beautiful Villages.. From Alsace to the Pyrenees, from Britanny to Provence, the nonprofit organization “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” (France’s Most Beautiful Villages) gathers 144 villages. Each member of the association has been rigorously selected on the quality of their architecture, environment, and patrimony. All of them are beautiful but each one is specific.

 

 

French festival and events

Viafrance.com is the Internet guide of French events You will discover the different festivals, carnivals and feast days in France.

 

French Politics and Economy

The CIA provides statistics and facts about France.

: political and geographical information and famous facts and dates about the country. Historyofnations.net lets you discover the history of France from Charlemagne (843) to Jacques Chirac (1997)

You will find all kinds of information about France

 

 

Race

Letour.com is the official website of The Race.

Many thanks to Sophie, our French intern for compiling these links.