The beginning of the year is traditionally the time for making promises to ourselves about a healthier lifestyle, more quality time with our families or making accomplishments. In the spirit of the New Year, we thought we’d offer some resolutions for French holiday enthusiasts to try.
1. Eat escargots
This French delicacy, typically served with garlic herb butter, is often regarded with reservation by Brits, but we can assure any reluctant diners that they are delicious, with an earthy flavour and oyster-like texture.
Eat escargots on one of our gourmet walking or cycling holidays.
2. Climb the Eiffel Tower…by the stairs
Improving fitness is a typical New Year’s resolution, and since Belle France customers like to walk and cycle, we thought we’d offer a greater challenge – to ascend the 704 stairs to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. It’s an opportunity to admire the Paris skyline and feel the unique sensation of being both outside and inside simultaneously.
3. See flamingos
The Camargue is famous for its wild horses, but there’s another resident of this region that’s altogether more exotic. Visit the wetlands of the Natural Park to see thousands of pink flamingos nesting and feeding in the shallow waters.
4. Step into a glacier
You don’t have to be a snow sports enthusiast to enjoy the Alps up close. From Montenvers, take a cable car to the Mer de Glace and step inside the man-made ice caves cut into the living glacier. Inside are ice sculptures and the beautiful Gallery of Crystals.
5. Take to the water
Put your walking boots or bicycles to one side for an hour or two and take to the waters of Lake Annecy in a canoe. The calm surroundings and stunning mountain backdrop provide the perfect environment in which to unwind.
6. Visit during the vendange
Autumn sees vineyards all over France being relieved of their fruit in order to produce Europe’s favourite tipple. It’s a great time to visit Burgundy, Aquitaine or Languedoc-Roussillon, but time your trip carefully, as picking is done at different times in different vineyards.