FRANCE

Here you can find all the Travel Stories from France by Besides the Obvious.

France, officially the French Republic is a transcontinental country. Spanning Western Europe and overseas regions and territories in the Americas and the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Including all of its territories, France has twelve time zones, the most of any country. Its metropolitan area extends from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea; overseas territories include French Guiana in South AmericaSaint Pierre and Miquelon in the North Atlantic, the French West Indies, and several islands in Oceania and the Indian Ocean.

As you might know our mission is to share something relevant, something authentic, something real, something cool, something interesting, something personal & something different, via our travel stories & images. We are focusing on ideas from local sources, giving tips that are usually unknown for travelers and foreigners, guides to secret places which only the guy from the given neighborhood could know about, to the hidden picturesque view, with recommending everything besides the obvious: the local real feel, the adventure of discovering the unknown, the authenticity, culinary guide to the meals that locals are really cooking and eating at home, and much more. Hope you will read our Travel Stories from France, feel inspired, and enjoy the journey, as much as we do!

Corsica Bucket List – Top 5 Places To Visit

Corsica has many things to offer for its visitors. Here you can read our Corsica Bucket List with the Top 5 best places that you cannot miss visiting once you’re on this French island. We have spent a couple of days this August on the island of Corsica. We have arrived at Bastia airport and based there for…

A day trip to Bonifacio, Corsica

We have spent a couple of days this August on the island of Corsica. We have arrived at Bastia airport and based there for our entire stay. However we definitely wanted to visit other places on the island, such as the famous Bonifacio on the south. So we planned a day trip by car and…

Our top 20 places in 2021 – how & to where we were able to travel during the second year of Covid-19…

pandemic. Travelling was not easy in the beginning of 2021 either. The question and even the opportunity to travel during a pandemic was kind of impossible for the majority. Most of the countries were still in complete lockdown. Borders were closed, therefore we also focused on in-land travelling and kept exploring beautiful Spain. Later, during…

Best photo spots in Paris – Paris Bucket List

Are you looking for the most instagrammable spots in Paris? A perfect background for a selfie? Here you have our bucket list of the Paris best photo spots. From the most classic and must-do ones to some alternative places you must go, visit and take pictures of them.  

Toulouse in 1 day

We have spent couple days in Carcassone, a place 100% done for tourists, and after it, it was great to see Toulouse, a vivid and real city, so likeable and mixed of cultures, with many imprints of history. Let’s see how we spent Toulouse in 1 day!

The medieval town of Carcassonne – It’s more than a board game

The medieval town of Carcassonne is a fabulous place, it looks like a perfect castle coming right out from a fairy-tale. Carcassonne is best known for La Cité, a double walled old castle, with massive ramparts and strong fortifications. We had the chance to visit the medieval town of Carcassonne in November 2021, on a long…

About the Paris syndrome

This article is about the Paris syndrome. The Paris syndrome is a sense of disappointment, when ones are visiting Paris. Who feel that the city was not what they had expected. The condition is as a severe form of culture shock.

Pézenas in one day

What to do in Pézenas in one day? Pézenas captivates visitors with its history, culture, ancient architecture and great craftsmanship. Sculptors, potters, cabinetmakers, glassblowers and many others contribute to the rich heritage of the region. Nevertheless, the character who stands out in the history of the town is Molière. Pézenas has as well an excellent…

8 amazing non-capital cities to visit in Europe

Have you already visited all the big capital cities in Europe?! This is great! But let’s not forget that capitals are usually multinational melting points, and regardless of the amazing sightseeing spots, you can face many catchy tricks, standardized offers, a crowd of tourists, and less authenticity. As they say, to understand the real sense…

The 15 most romantic islands in the world

Looking for a romantic trip idea or the perfect island vacation? This list is not in order of preference, but obviously includes all our favorites, all the romantic, dreamy and lovely islands from all over the world that we love. So let’s review the 15 most romantic islands in the world – according to Besides…

Iparralde: the 6 best towns and what to do in the French Basque Country

This article is a review of our six more recommended towns and what to do in the French Basque Country: Bayonne, Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Espelette and Ainhoa. Here you will find what to expect from this region of the country as well from the mentioned spots and how to reach them. Basque Country overall is…

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