France, an exuberant destination is now on lockdown. Did the pandemic dampen your holiday plans to France and the many adventures you had in mind just like many of us? Let’s not be disappointed as we are here to lead you on travel to France right from the comfort of your home. Ready for your dream trip?
Here’s How To Travel to France Without Leaving Home
What To Eat & Drink?
Easy-to-Make French Cuisine At Home
Let us bring the French restaurant home so you can relish these easy to make popular French dishes.
- Lyonnaise Potatoes
An incredibly easy to make dish, this is a simple pan-fried potato decked with the addition of caramelized onions and lots of butter. Add stir-fried broccoli florets to enhance its taste and nutrition both. Pair it with classic red French wine.
- Coq Au Vin
Served with French red wine, this local dish from France is flavored with wine sauce, butter, bacon, and mushrooms. Impress your family with this delicious chicken dish.
- Cheesy Croissant Casserole
Bring France to your breakfast table with this simple yet delicious breakfast bake. Serve with bacon and eggs with a generous use of mozzarella cheese. Try out the delicious Spinach Artichoke and Caprese. Best paired with white wine.
- Salad Nicoise
A simple recipe made better with a glass of French wine. This high protein meal is made with tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and olive oil.
- French Coffee
Brew up an easy daytime coffee that is a watered-down espresso with milk, cafe creme. Ah! c`est Magnifique, i.e., that’s splendid!
What to Read?
Begin a French Journey into the World of Words
Take your pick from travelogues, fiction, non-fiction, art and music, literary novels about France. Here is a list of the top few popular titles that are ideal to download. Prepare to get transported into France with these.
- The Seine: The River that Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino
This literary masterpiece explores the Seine, ‘the most romantic river in the world’. The book takes you through a cultural and historical journey of the strategic waterway in the times of war.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
This fascinating novel recreates the vibrant atmosphere of the fifteenth century and takes the reader through the splendors of the Parisian Gothic past. The book is a fine presentation of the historic cultural heritage of France.
- Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
The book is a fascinating storyline about a red-headed girl growing up in a beautiful orphanage in Paris. Madeleine is a titular heroine that tells her story of bravery who lives in an old vine-covered house in Paris with 12 little girls. A must-read!
- The Road from the Past by Ina Caro
The book serves as a guide to capturing the legacies of France right from the middle ages, renaissance, age of enlightenment through the various time periods. Immerse in the breathtaking beauty of France, the most inspiring Churches and Cathedrals, best food, and more.
- Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb
The book is a series of narratives that details captivating connections of the secrets of the ‘City of Light’. Capture the essence of French fiction, non-fiction, the great, and the forgotten in this book.
What To Listen To?
Dip Yourself in the Spell-Binding French Melodies
Move to the beat of groovy French music and liven up your spirits as the artists play in your living rooms at the click of a button. Listen to selected playlists and various podcasts featuring names from French musical history including the likes of Serge Gainsbourg and Johnny Hallyday.
Tune to the national orchestra of France streamed ‘Bolero’ watched by millions online. The noted French musicians have put together exotic music from their homes in ordinary clothes during the quarantine. Lift your spirits and enjoy the virtual performance of 50 musicians in France performing just for you. Streaming online for Free from the comfort of your home.
Groove to live France radio stations and enjoy the best of French music for Free. Some of the top radio stations are Nostalgie FM, France Inter, NRJ, Cherie FM, and RTL.
What to Watch?
Experience True Paris in the Movies
The picturesque city of Paris exists in the creativity and backdrop of thousands of movies from small creations to big-budget musicals. We have put together a list of the best binge-worthy movies set in the heart of France. These would surely lift up your mood and feed your wanderlust.
- An American in Paris
Set in a small Parisian apartment in front of the Seine, view this musical classic with many adorable children in the cast. A light-hearted musical with enjoyable Gene Kelly dance numbers.
- Marie Antoinette
This is a story of the life of France’s most controversial queen who at the age of 14 is sent to Versailles and married to the future Louis XVI of France. An amazing film to see with your family with award-winning costume designs and settings of the Chateau de Versailles.
Enjoy the movie Paris that tells the story of people living in the French capital. The film revolves around the life of a retired professional dancer and his social worker sister who encounter various people in their daily lives. A must-see for those who want to connect to the soul of Paris.
- Before Sunset
A fabulous three-part romantic movie series that features a couple, one American and the other French. The couple bumps into each other in Paris nine years after meeting on a train as their lives cross paths again. The film is shot in the streets of Paris with acclaimed cinematography.
Go On Virtual Tours of Top Attractions in France
Get ready for a splendid virtual tour of the top French attractions of museums, galleries and more. Enjoy the most popular French attractions without the pushing and pulling of crowds.
Enjoy a virtual tour of spectacular collections of the famous museum that also includes Da Vinci’s, Mona Lisa. The tours take place in spacious empty galleries. You can stop and read information while you are enjoying spectacular views from the comfort of your computer screen.
- Eiffel Tower
Let’s virtually visit the Eiffel Tower and get a top La Dame De Fer to enjoy spectacular views. Explore informative facts and games as you enjoy the panorama of the world-famous landscape and virtual views of Paris.
Browse through exhibitions and interviews of the popular artists in this wonderful virtual tour of the museum dedicated to the society of musical authors, composers, and editors. Immerse yourself in a 3D tour of the Marseille`s Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.
Travel Like The French!
- Bonjour. S’il vous plaît… (Hello, please…)
- Bienvenue. (Welcome)
- Comment vous appelez-vous? / Comment t’appelles-tu? – “What’s your name?”
- Comment allez-vous? – “How are you?”
- Oui/Non (Yes/No)
- Excusez-moi – “Excuse me”
- Pardon – “Sorry”
- Parlez-vous anglais? (Do you speak English?)
- Où est-ce que je peux trouver un plan de la ville? (Where can I find a city map?)
- Je cherche le bus/train/métro. Où est l’arrêt le plus près? (I am looking for the bus/train/subway. Where is the nearest stop?)
- Où est…? (Where is…?)
- Où est le guichet? (Where is the ticket window?)
- Combien ça coûte? (How much does it cost?)
- Non, merci. Je regarde pour l’instant. (No thank you. I’m just looking for now.)
- Où est l’ambassade américaine? (Where is the American Embassy?)
- J’ai une assurance voyageur. (I have traveler’s insurance.)
- J’ai besoin d’aide. Je me sens menacé. (I need help. I feel threatened.)
- Merci beaucoup! (Thank you very much!)
- Je ne comprends pas – “I don’t understand”
- Que veut dire ça? – “What does that mean?”
- Plus lentement – “More slowly”
- Comment dit-on __ en français? – “How do you say __ in French?”
- C’est combien? – “How much is it?”
- Où sont les toilettes? – “Where are the toilets?”
- La carte/le menu, s’il vous plaît. – “The menu, please.”
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