36 Hours in France Chloe Gamard

Looking for a place to vacation with your family? Why not tour the city of France?

France, located in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.
The main cities that many tourists tour are: Paris and Marseille due to it's many activities and famous shops, museums, and restaurants that are located in those cities. Of course there are tons of different cities to visit as well!


When planning for a big trip like France, it is best to stay for three weeks to five weeks rather than a week to two weeks. Staying in France for a short time would end up rushing your trip and would not give you time to tour the different cities.

First, it is very important to find and rent a car first. Renting a car in France is a lot more difficult than in the U.S due to byzantine insurance options and other additional fees. Here's what to look for: Taxes: Expect to pay about $5-10 per day for environmental fees. Insurance: Your biggest cost when renting a car is insurance, even if the rental price includes insurance. Your card may already cover the insurance but don't assume it. If you go with the insurance offered by the rental company, expect to pay thirty percent extra, or about $10-30/day for a collision damage waiver supplement. Gas is also very expensive in France, so it's best to find a car with better fuel efficiency.

After you figure out your car deal, you can now look for a hotel or renting a condo/apartment. The legal maximum is 2 months’ rent, and that is the most commonly applied. You must provide an insurance certificate to show that your civil liability as a tenant is covered. Any French insurer will provide this.

Now that you have your car and an apartment, you can now plan the cities you want to visit and the activities you want to do. Here are some cities that I request visiting.

Paris the City of Lights

Paris, France's capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

In Paris, you will find the famous landmarks of the Eiffel Tower created by Gustave Eiffel. The tower has three levels. Tourists have a choice to climb up the stairs to the top or go on an elevator tour. On the first level of the Eiffel tower there is a boutique de souvenirs, a small buffet restaurant, the transparent floor, and an immersion show. On the second floor of the tower, you will find the Jules Verne Restaurant where you can try modern French gastronomic cuisine and a unique visual and culinary experience, all in an immaculate and classy setting. Finally, at the top of the tower you will see Gustave Eiffel's office, a champagne bar, the panoramic maps, and a model of the top level. And the view is absolutely magnificent.

  • Other places in Paris besides the Eiffel Tower is the Notre Dame Cathedral created by Pierre de Montriel, Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus, and Jean de Chelles. The famous landmark was also used in the famous white Disney movie the Hunchback of Notre Dame. As you walk around you will come across the famous street Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré filled with many boutiques and cafe shops. The most famous boutique visited is Chanel and the cafe shop is Cafe Chic. The cafe is filled with amazing waiters/waitresses, cool jazz music, and a mini library for you to read and enjoy your coffee with.


Marseille, a port city in southern France and at its heart is the Vieux-Port (Old Port), where fishmongers sell their catch along the boat-lined quay. Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is a Romanesque-Byzantine church. Modern landmarks include Le Corbusier’s influential Cité Radieuse complex and Zaha Hadid’s CMA CGM Tower.

Marseille is famous for Palais Longchamp, a grand park that was created in the 19th century with water features. It houses the city's musée des beaux-arts and natural history museum. The principal entrance, accessible by the tram, is composed by a huge fountain and a huge palace, both very very beautiful. You can see the sunset all over Marseille by the top of the castle. Both of the building on the sides are museums. The Old Port of Marseille is located at the end of the Canebière. It has been the natural harbour of Marseille since antiquity and is now the main popular place in Marseille,

Of course there are many other cities to visit but these are the best and the most worth It!

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