A Vacation Destination for July
As everyone knows, Europe and the “biggies,” such as, Spain, Italy and France are some of THE top tourist destinations of the world every summer. And of course that means crowds, higher prices, hotter weather, and all that yucky uncomfortable and somewhat miserable stuff. But believe it or not, France should make your July destination list! The weather is really not bad, there is a plethora of events, seasonal produce is in full bloom, all of the flea markets are open, and the beaches are impatiently waiting for you. Not to mention the wine…now is the best time to stop by the vineyards!
Surprisingly, its quite pleasant. Temperatures average anywhere from 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and the southern coasts are not overwhelmingly humid. You will pack shorts, pants, hats, and even a jacket and most likely use all of them! Days are warm, nights are cool. Depending on where you’re at, the temperature will fluctuate so remember the south is hot and dry, the city is humid, and the mountains are cool…There’s a bit of everything, which is awesome for a rounded experience.
What to do, What to do
Of course we’re going to mention the Tour de France! Checking out this July based annual bicycling race in action is something many people will only dream of doing! Before or after the race, check out one of the local villages or cities that is along the route. What a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the entire spectacle.
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.
So lets talk beaches. It’s summer and it’s warm/hot-ish. All of the beaches are fanatastic in July because the French haven’t taken their vacations yet. From the Normandy and Northern Atlantic Coast lines, to the Brittany Coast, over to the the Mediterranean and the Southwest, all of them will be fantastic! You’ll enjoy boardwalks, excellent swimming areas, and yummy French treats like waffles, taffy, and lemonade.
Shopping, Markets and Other Attractions
What is France most famous for? Its fresh cuisine and produce. a.k.a markets! The two of most precedence being the Richard Lenoir Market, a food and flea market with an abundance of fresh cheese, meat, and produce, and the Saumur in Loire Valley, a foodie paradise. Richard Lenoir is open on Thursdays and Sundays and is best to drive to early in the morning, whilst the Saumur is open on Saturdays and probably best to reach by train. Don’t be afraid to bargain and haggle and go early. Also, samples are intentional so don’t hesitate to walk up and take one or ask for one. Remember the earlier you go, the fresher the products and the less crowded it will be! Once you’ve gathered your stuff, find a park and go enjoy a summer picnic.
What Else but Wine Of Course!
Bordeaux and Loire Valley. If you are interested in old world wine, but nonetheless wine alone, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley are absolute musts. Vineyards typically accept walk-ins but it never hurts to make an attempt at scheduling an appointment! Once there, don’t hesitate to taste everything you can, enjoy a tour and purchase some bottles to bring back to the hotel or the States! And speaking of Loire Valley, you might plan on 2-3 days to seek castles and tour as may vineyards as you can.
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