Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Discover the Romance of France

Vive l'amour! Discover the romance of France, with Susan Breslow Sardone for About.com

The world's most romantic country, France has welcomed lovers for centuries. Whether you're planning a wedding, vow renewals, your honeymoon, or just a madcap weekend, France offers everything you need to indulge your passions:

Elegant Accommodations. There are about 20,000 hotels, inns, and motels in France, government-rated according to five comfort levels indicated by stars that range from one (budget) to five (deluxe). In a modern luxury hotel or a château that's adorned with precious antiques and a four-poster bed, expect to be enchanted. Many properties in France offer romance packages.

Depending on the package, perks may include a Champagne breakfast in bed, matching bathrobes, complimentary bouquets of flowers, petits fours, limousine rides, and more. So when you call for reservations, ask if a special package is available.

More affordable choices include chambres d'hôte(bed-and-breakfasts), gites (country cottages and farmhouses for rent), and private châteaux with guest rooms.

Superb Dining. Gourmets rate French cuisine as the world's finest. Even the simplest fare - bread, cheese, wine - is elevated to an art. On a picnic in one of her many parks, a visit to a winery, a quick stop at a street-corner bistro for cafés-au-lait and croissants, a candlelight dinner in an ancient château, or a meal in a Michelin-starred restaurant, you'll be impressed by the care the French bring to satisfying your appetite.

Scenic Countryside. From the snow-capped Alps to the sun-drenched beaches of the Riviera to the lush fields and gardens that Monet, Van Gogh, and other great painters immortalized, France is a feast for the eyes.

France boasts 20,000 hotels... 3,900 museums... 1,500 chateaux open to the public... 39,000 historic monuments... how long did you say you have to visit? 

Visit About.com to read the full article by Susan Breslow Sardone.

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