France offers a large territory to those who want to discover new regions in the world. In fact, it is the largest country in the European Union, with an area of approximately 640,000 square kilometers. It also ranks as the second-largest country in Europe, after Russia. Therefore, there are many large cities where you can decide to stay, when you fly there. However, we will keep our focus on three that are well-known worldwide: Paris, Lyon and Marseille.
Paris is one of the few cities in the world that everyone must visit at least once in their lifetime. If you ever have a chance to spend a few days in New York and then fly immediately to Paris, you will find this experience to be unique, as the two cities will provide you with a similar vibe, in two completely different settings. If that is an idea that intrigues you, find a flight from JFK to Paris and start preparing your luggage.
In Paris, you will be immersed in culture. A tour of the Louvre Museum is essential, though you may need a few days if you really want to see all of its rooms and various exhibitions. You will also find culture in the meals that you will savour in some of the best French restaurants of the city. If you want to bring a piece of it home, head to Montmartre and buy a painting from one of the artists that you will find on site. It will be a marvellous reminder of your sweet days in glorious Paris!
If food is what you crave for then you may decide to choose Lyon over Paris. Some of the country’s most famous chefs were from this city, including the most illustrious one: Paul Bocuse. You can still eat in his restaurants, which are now owned and managed by his family. According to the one you choose, you can taste such typical meals of the region as cassoulet, gratin a la Lyonnaise and soufflés amongst many other offerings.
Also, Lyon is a city of historical and cultural significance. It was founded by the Romans over 2,000 years ago. It gives you an idea of the rich cultural heritage you will find when you walk its streets. Also, its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to some of the most beautiful architecture in France. Don’t wait and book a plane ticket from SFO to Paris and a connecting flight to Lyon.
Marseille is the second-largest city in France. It is located in the south, on the Mediterranean coast, where it is surrounded by a unique natural landscape including the Calanques, a series of rocky cliffs tucked into turquoise-blue bays. They are famous all over the world for their beauty.
It is also a great destination for those who enjoy shopping, as it features a wide variety of stores and boutiques, as well as cafes, bars and restaurants throughout the city. In the evening, the Old Port area is full of clubs to suit all tastes and where you can dance all night.