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20 Places In France That Every Tourist Would Regret Not Visiting

20 Places In France That Every Tourist Would Regret Not Visiting

For years France has been the most visited country by international tourists – and it’s no wonder why. From vineyards to chateaux to coastal beaches, France has it all.

We’ve rounded up the top 20 things in France that every tourist would regret not doing.

1. Dine at Le Panoramic, Chamonix

Mont Blanc
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    Le Panoramic is consistently rated one of the world’s best restaurants with a view. If you have an admiration for mountains, you’ll want to dine at Le Panoramic to bask in the view of Mont-Blanc.

    2. Get Lost in the Gardens of Marqueyssac

    Gardens of Marqueyssac
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      The stunning Gardens of Marqueyssac wrap around the 17th century Chateau of Marqueyssac. Tourists can spend hours wandering through the enchanting maze and gazing at the stunning Dordogne river below.

      3. Kayak on Lake Annecy

       Lake Annecy
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        Lake Annecy is considered the purest lake in Europe. Paddle down green mountains in some of the world’s freshest air.

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        4. Hike the Mercantour French National Park

        Mercantour French National Park
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          Mercantour National Park combines glacial lakes, majestic peaks, and high valleys. The park is considered a transition zone from the alps to the Mediterranean, so you’ll find great diversity.

          5. Wander the Village of Kaysersberg

          Kaysersberg
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            Kaysersberg is a charming old town with cobblestoned streets and picturesque half-timbered houses. It’s a historic town that dates back to 1227 when Emperor Frederick II Barbarossa purchased a castle and named it Kaysersberg, giving the town its name.

            6. Enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Georges V Hotel, Paris

            tea
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              Indulge in the ultimate treat at Georges V Hotel, Paris’ most glamorous hotel. Georges V is known worldwide for its outstanding service and unparalleled tea menu.

              7. Vineyard Hop in Bordeaux

              Bordeaux
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                Bordeaux is one of France’s top wine regions with thousands of vineyards scattered throughout. Take a tour or two to learn about Bordeaux’s wine-making history and heritage.

                8. Sunbathe in the French Riviera

                French Riviera
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                  The French Riviera is viewed as one of the chicest places to bronze. Enjoy stretches of golden sand and endless sunshine.

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                  9. Indulge in Gourmet Eats in Lyon

                  Gourmet Food
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                    Lyon has been recognized as the food capital of France for over 70 years, which makes the city the ideal place to discover French cuisine. It’s the place where you can even try pig fat fried in pig fat.

                    10. Admire the Stained Glass at Chartres Cathedral

                    Chartres Cathedral
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                      This medieval Catholic cathedral was built in the 1100’s and has become famous around the world because of its  intricate stained glass. During both of the world wars, the panes from the 172 windows were carefully taken apart and hidden in the Dordogne for safekeeping.

                      11. Climb to the top of the Falaise d’Aval in Etretat

                      Falaise Aval
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                        Etretat is a large village on the Albaster Coast featuring high white cliffs. Climb the path to the top for a surreal view of the rock formations.

                        12. Explore Mont Saint-Michel & Dine at Mere Pouland

                        Mont Saint-Michel
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                          The view of Mont Saint-Michel rising above the pristine sand is iconic of France. The chapel was built on a 260 ft high granite rock rising from a flat seabed. The island’s other treasure is Mere Pouland’s restaurant, serving souffle-like omelets since 1888.

                          13. White Water Raft in Verdon Gorges<

                          Verdon Gorges
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                            Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of Europe, Verdon Gorges is a go-to spot for nature enthusiasts. Spend the day rafting in this immense canyon filled with clear, turquoise water.

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                            14. Hit the Slopes in Chamonix

                            Chamonix Skiing
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                              Head on an alpine adventure in Chamonix. Home to the 1924 Olympic games, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France. Mont Blanc is a skier and boarder paradise.

                              15. Ride the Cable Car to Bastille

                              Cable Car to Bastille
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                                Take a cable car from the heart of the city of Grenoble up to the Dort de la Bastille. The cable car was one of the first urban cable cars in the world. Enjoy the surreal views of the Alps on your way up.

                                16. Frolic through the Lavender Fields in Provence

                                Lavender Fields in Provence
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                                  Enjoy the long, hot summer days in Provence and admire the sight and smell of the romantic violet fields.

                                  17. Spelunk through the Lascaux Cave

                                  Lascaux Cave
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                                    The Lascaux Cave is covered with more than 2,000 images that were painted more than 15,000 years ago. Access to the cave is now highly limited, as human breath and body heat damage the artwork but you can visit the replica at Lascaux II.

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                                    18. Visit the Island of Corsica

                                     Island of Corsica
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                                      Corsica is said to resemble a continent of its own due to its geographical diversity. Corsica is home to everything from chic coastal cities to hilltop villages. Spend some time exploring the island, whether hiking, tanning, swimming or tasting local cuisines.

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                                      19. Wander through the Chateaux in Loire Valley

                                      Chateau Chenonceau
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                                        Loire Valley is considered “The Gardens of France”. The area has about 1000 chateaux/castles. Popular chateaus include Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau d’Usse, Chateau de Chambord and Chateau d’Azay-le-Rideau.

                                        20. Picnic at Champ De Mars Facing the Eiffel Tower

                                        Champ De Mars
                                          Photo Credit: Flickr

                                          Pack a baguette and some cheese and head to the best view of iconic Paris at Champ De Mars. Stay for the sunset and enjoy the glittering lights every hour on the hour.

                                          Featured photo credit: Kristoffer Trolle via flickr.com

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                                          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                          It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                          If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                          One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                          Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                          In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                          Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                          The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                          Stress

                                          If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                          Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                          We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                          While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                          Eating close to bedtime

                                          Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                          Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                          Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                          Medical conditions

                                          In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                          The vicious sleep cycle

                                          The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                          Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                          You get a bad night’s sleep
                                          –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                          –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                          –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                            You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                            How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                            To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                            1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                            What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                            Here are a few suggestions:

                                            • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                            • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                            • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                            • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                            • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                            2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                            What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                            • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                            • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                            • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                            • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                            3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                            Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                            Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                            Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                            Sleep better form now on

                                            Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                            I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                            As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                            Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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