France: The Bucket List

Posted on 23. May, 2011 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, expat France, France

Now that I have recently moved to France, I have had the time to go through my guidebook and pretty much highlight everything remotely cute and write notes in every section.

What are your dream plans in France?

Not that it would not be great to write down everything I want to visit, but for your sake, I summed it up and made a short list of the places I intend to go to in the next months or so. Here goes:

  1. Tour La Vallée des Châteaux de la Loire - done!
  2. Visit the Pont du Gard
  3. Experience the German France of Strasbourg and Colmar - done!
  4. Tour the walled city of Carcassonne - done!
  5. Enjoy the famous view by the lake in Annecy - done!
  6. Visit the Mont Saint-Michel - done!
  7. Sing “Sur le pont d’Avignon, on y danse, on y danse….” on location
  8. Climb the Puy-de-Dôme - done!
  9. Enjoy the view from the Gorges du Verdon
  10. Buy a typically French product in the Galeries Lafayette
  11. Taste authentic French white wine in a wine road - done!

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If you have done any of these things or have suggestions you think I would enjoy, please share them! I would be happy to add new items to this list.


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9 Responses to “France: The Bucket List”

  1. Just came back from Carcassone…the walled city is a bit touristy and probably will be PACKED now. We enjoyed a day trip out to Latours ruins (the four fortresses)…makes a great hike with lunch at the bakery by the stream down below…and then a side trip to one of the two underground caverns nearby…we chose the one with the largest..think it was argonite formation…in the world! We also drove to the beach for a day…stay away from the concrete resorts but choose one of the small fishing villages instead…also went to winery…Pennatieur I think it was called (just north of the city) which had wonderful menu lunches and then a nice walk on their chateau grounds…those were our highlights…oh, and walking around the citadel at night…magical!

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    • Marie

      25. May, 2011

      Now that’s a handful lot of tips, guys! Thanks everyone for your suggestions, I’ll to check them out - and I might have to reconsider my list!

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  2. Katherina

    23. May, 2011

    Since you’re going down there to number 2,7 and 9… I’d recommend you to visit Grasse (this is where France prepare its incredible perfumes and where, btw, the book and film “The Perfume” took place! Also, if you like art, I’d recommend Aix-en-Provence…

    from the places you point out, I’ve visited Annecy (twice), the Gorge du Verdon and Paris - so just let me know if I can be of any guidance!

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  3. Julie

    24. May, 2011

    Don’t forget North of France! Lille is a gorgeous town (and has a free zoo!!!:), the Canadian Memorial in Vimy is also a nice place to visit, you can also enjoy some beach time (and SOMETIMES sun) at the Cote d’Opale, pay a visit to Nausicaa AND eat lost of fresh seafood, chips and beers (mmmm!). And I know a very welcoming family around there :)

    Still North, but not so North, there is also Normandie (Trouville & Deauville are kind of a must), where you should go off-season (cheaper AND calmer :) . Being there, why not go to the shores where the Débarquement took place?!

    You’ll see that the pont d’Avignon is not that great, but that the city itself is gorgeous. You should go during the theatre festival, just to feel the intellectual/performing vibe going on around there!

    Will keep you posted if I remember something else that you should visit in la Francia!

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  4. Julie

    24. May, 2011

    Oh…and singing on the pont d’Avignon will cost you money. Really.

    You should take a picture of you singing IN FRONT of the bridge, it will do (minus the fee you have to pay to get on this so-called bridge:)

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  5. Location Goldwing

    15. Jun, 2011

    Ce site est génial

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  6. Cristina

    16. Dec, 2012

    What a great list. I loved the Pont du Gard. Any small village in France is on my list for 2013!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      17. Dec, 2012

      I actually went to Pont du Gard this summer - stay tuned for a post!

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