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Inspire Magazine - France: Live Like a Local

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Inspire Magazine - France: Live Like a Local

story by: Mike Williams

France is, without doubt, one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world, and if you’re lucky enough to have visited this breathtaking country, you’ll know why!

Checking out the Eiffel Tower and touring Notre Dame are quintessential additions to most tourists’ itineraries, but for many, the real French experience can only be achieved by getting fully immersed in the unique cultural wonders this country has to offer.

The delights of a Parisian cosmopolitan lifestyle, the tranquil joys of France’s countryside villas, sumptuous food and drink and an abundance of other delightful experiences in this world-famous gastronomic centre, will ensure you really and truly do live like a local.

Private apartment in Paris
What better way to enjoy local life in Paris than getting your own private apartment?

Not only do you avoid the hustle and bustle of hotels and hostels, you’ll have Parisian neighbours who can give you true insights into what the city has to offer. Plus, it’ll do wonders for your grasp of the language!

Fully furnished apartments span a range of desirable areas of Paris, meaning you can have the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe or the Louvre very close to your doorstep.

Flock to Paris’ boutique designer shops, indulge in al fresco dining and visit the city’s stunning monuments, safe in the knowledge that when you’ve finished your day absorbing all that Paris has to offer, you can then sit back and relax in the comfort of your own apartment.

Countryside retreat
Not everyone is cut out for inner-city living, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still live like a local elsewhere in France. In fact, staying in one of France’s many countryside villas gives you a glimpse into the unique charms of some of its most vibrant and colourful communities.

Providing awe-inspiring views of the country’s beautiful landscapes, these villa retreats let you experience towns and villages that are full of character and local history.

The Dordogne is particularly idyllic. There’s so much to see in this charming region of Southwest France, including the popular city of Sarlat.

Every Wednesday and Saturday, vendors and shoppers alike flock to Sarlat’s famous markets, where you can peruse the best in local produce, jewellery, souvenirs, clothes and much more.

For a change of pace, why not visit Perigueux and soak up this beautiful medieval commune in all its glory? Visiting the 450-year-old cathedral is an absolute must!

Cook like a local
France has a well-earned reputation for offering up some of the best cuisine in the world, with lavish restaurants and hotels located up and down the country. Feel like trying your hand at some of this gourmet greatness? You may want to take your holiday in this foodie’s paradise as an opportunity to pick up some skills from the local culinary geniuses.

You face a tough task trying to narrow down where to indulge your appetite for fine wine and delicious dishes across this country, but Gascony is a favourite among gourmets.

Known as the true home of foie gras, Gascony provides some of the finest produce that graces French tables, making it the perfect place to brush up on your kitchen skills.

There are plenty of cooking classes available in the region to help you on your way to haute cuisine greatness, whether it’s over a weekend or a full six-day course.

Eat like a local
If you’re more interested in eating French delicacies than making them, then lapping up the finest food and wine the country has to offer should be high on your itinerary – it won’t be difficult to check this item off your holiday to-do list.

Spoil yourself and stay at a stunning 400-year-old French estate near Auxerre and you will not only find yourself steeped in Burgundy’s rich history, but you can enjoy luxurious surroundings and top-notch hospitality – including food!

You’ll have everything you desire on hand at this stunning accommodation, but if you do decide to leave the estate, there are fascinating tours of Auxerre’s wine country and Renaissance castles scattered throughout the Burgundy region.

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