The City of Romance

The City of Romance

The City of Romance – With travel restrictions beginning to lift, long-awaited travel plans are now back on the cards. You may be hoping for a long-haul destination, or perhaps something a little closer to home. However, there are plenty of resources online and within government guidelines travel agents are back in business.

Women Talking looks at the appeal of the ever-popular tourist destination of France.

Some people visit France simply because they consider it one of the most beautiful places in the world, with excellent food and hundreds of cheeses. Others visit France for the shopping, the tourist attractions, the beaches, or specific seasonal events such as seasonal markets.

From the United Kingdom, due to the proximity, there are several ways to travel to France. By road, rail or the numerous options for short flights from London to Nice as well as flights from London to Paris for that all-important getaway. 

Nice

Nice is known for its fantastic climate, fabulous beaches, and the dazzling Côte d’Azur coastline with mesmerizing views. … With the most museums after Paris and many festivals year-round, it is both a beach destination and famous for its art and culture.

Nice is a place to enjoy life, to take in the beauty of the gardens and the sea, and to soak up the vibrant Mediterranean energy.

A great port of call is Park Phoenix, located near the airport that incorporates one of the world’s largest greenhouses, containing themed gardens. The Park is also home to pretty patterned birds, insects and fish, as well as reptiles from tropical climates. Adults will also enjoy the monastery gardens in the Cimiez district.

There are museums and galleries dedicated to Picasso (Antibes), Chagall (Nice) and Matisse (Nice). More contemporary pieces can be found in Nice’s modern art gallery, MAMAC. For longer stays, it is worth stopping at Saint-Paul de Vence – the artist’s town if ever there was one.

Paris – A Picturesque Paradise

Paris is one of the hotspots of France. A hub for business and commerce, a feast for culture seekers, a harmonious haven for honeymooners, and a tantalising array of menus sprawling across this city.Known as the “City of Light” or the “City of Love,” the streets of Paris overflow with culture, art, beauty, and history

With an abundance of landmarks, museums, designer shops and cathedrals to visit, from the iconic Eiffel Tower to the gothic Notre Dame to the Louvre and gardens galore, few places do landmarks quite so well as the city of love.

For the adventurous, the view from Castle Hill is spectacular. If you prefer greener scenery, the Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice is a splendid zoological garden. Grab a picnic lunch at the Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, in the Old Town area. As well as tasty fruits, cheeses and salamis, this market offers fresh flowers and perfumed soaps. 

Your first visit may feel magical, but even if you return dozens of times, you will never run out of new things to see and do. 

Poppy Watt

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