A Vacation Destination for July
What to do, What to do
Another major event in the month of July is Bastille Day. Celebrate U.S. independence and then follow up on festivities with the French! Believe it or not, you might learn a thing or two about celebrating your pride. It doesn’t matter where in the country you are, there will be something going on, but if you wanted to make your way to the Place de la Bastille in Paris, please do. It will be a celebration of independence like you have never seen.
Also worth mentioning is the Festival d’ Avignon. This month long festival in July, boasts all fashions and forms of art with some of the oldest and newest artists and compulsions of the time. If you are into art, you shouldn’t miss this. Not to mention the Gordes village on your way in, its magic will captivate your senses and feed your European hunger for history and mesmerizing character.
There is of course the all important and pertinent history component to France. Just in case you have forgotten about the basics: The Louvre, The Musee de l’Orangerie, The Chateau de Versailles, and the Hotel des Invalides (Napoleons Tomb) are all must do’s in France. Go snap a photo with the Mona Lisa (yes you can do that), see some of Monet’s most famous water paintings, explore the palace and Maries Antoinette’s chambers after the hall of mirrors, and bear witness to Bonaparte’s tomb.
Shopping, Markets and Other Attractions
It goes without saying that fashion and shopping in all facets are a must do while in Paris. You have not lived out your shopping fantasies fully unless you have walked the Champs De’ Elysee, purchased some of the most exquisite macaroons while doing so and paid tribute the unnamed solider of the Arc D Triomph. Yes, those last two had nothing to do with fashion, but the strip in general is fantastic, and its advisable to plan at least two days for this area. One for the Champs De Elysee and the Louvre Gardens and another solely for the Louvre alone. Don’t expect to see everything however, otherwise you will experience “buyers remorse,” in specifically the Louvre. Plan on one wing, and stick to it.
What Else but Wine Of Course!
If you fancy parks, the Bois de Boulogne will be one the most amazing you have ever ventured. Twice the size of New York City Park, there are intricate fountains, hundreds of varying foliage, and endless fields of kept grass awaiting your picnic or afternoon nap. There are also the Alps, Chamonix resort area (nestled between France, Italy, and Switzerland) and the Cevennes National Park. Packing a tent is actually a good idea, if thats your kind of thing.
Plan Your Trip
Like we’ve discussed in previous blogs, booking international airfare is best done 11 months in advance. But, there are some last minute deals out there, so contact your travel agent and they’ll keep an eye out for you! The main attractions we discussed are going to be most crowded, specifically, the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, and the Richard Lenoir market. If you want the weather and the cultural experience escape to Bordeaux, Loire Valle and the Normandy Coast Line…P.S. if you’re thinking of August (to escape the crowd), think again. It’s still crowded and the locals are taking their vacations which means more crowding and less open businesses.
Thanks for Reading and Happy Travels!