France

By: Danae L

What Is My Dream Vacation And Why?

My dream vacation would be to go to France. I want to go to France because it is a well known place, many come and go there during the year. The Eiffel Tower is a very well known icon and seeing it in person would be amazing. I think France is great because even though it is well known; it is very beautiful and there are many things you can do there.

Where Is My Destination Located?

My destination - France - is located in Europe.

Interesting Facts About France

  • One in five French have reportedly suffered from depression, making France the most depressed country in the world
  • The bikini - made in 1946 by a French designer - was almost called Atome
  • Natzweiler-Struthof was the only concentration camp established by Nazis on French soil
  • The Eiffel Tower was almost torn down in 1909, but it was decided that the tower could be very useful in the advancement of technology by transmitting radio waves
  • The average person in France consumes 11.5 quarts of pure alcohol compared 6.7 quarts in the United States
  • The French are the inventors of Braille
  • During the Reign Of Terror at least 17,000 people met their death by guillotine
  • French President Charles de Gaulle is included in an edition of the Guiness Book of World Records for surviving more assassination attempts - 32! - than anyone in the world
  • There is only ONE STOP SIGN in the entire city of Paris
  • Money is counted as Euros
  • French toast was invented by a man named Joseph French
  • In France, you can legally marry a deceased person
  • France is known as L'Hexagone (The Hexagon) due to its geometrical shape
  • 400 kinds of cheese are made in France
  • Turning a baguette upside down in France is considered unlucky
  • French woman have the highest life expectancy in the entire European Union
  • In 1836, a pig was hung for the murder of a child
  • In France, it is against the law to name a pig, "Napoleon".
  • The guillotine was last used in 1977
  • Oscar Wilde was buried in Paris
  • France has won the most Nobel Prizes for Literature than any other country in the world
  • During WWII, the French cut the life cables so Hitler would have to climb the steps if he wanted to reach the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • What is known as a "French Kiss" in America, is known as an "English Kiss" in France
  • It is against the law to take pictures of police officers and police vehicles
  • The croissant was actually invented in Austria, not France
  • Roughly two new cook books are created and published everyday in France
  • Johnny Depp, Madonna, Mick Jagger and John Travolta all speak French even though they aren't French
  • The word "salut" means hello and goodbye
  • There is a Victor Hugo street in every town in France
  • 34% of French people can speak English

Travel Information

To get to France from Houston, Texas it would take 9 hours and 30 minutes on a non-stop flight. If your flight leaves from Canada though it would take about 11 hours and 25 minutes on a non-stop flight. France is 5,021 miles away so the further up you go the longer the ride. If I was going to France I would go alone, with a lover or a close family member, but for my purposes and the purposes of this project, I'm just going alone. I would most likely travel by plane, since boat would take a long time. I would stay in France for 3 days to a week, if you want to go sight-seeing and other things a week would be a fairly good amount of time.

Hotels and Lodging

I would recommend the Four Seasons George V hotel since it has a 5-star rating and a very nice interior. The interior has a modern feeling with hints of classy every where, on the tiles in the bathroom to the way the lights hang from the ceiling in the dining hall. When traveling away from home for quite some period of time, I suggest packing quite a few out fits for the daytime, night clothes, toothbrush, brush, camera and anything you use on a regular daily basis that you know you need.

Costs

The trip of course will cost some money, the hotel I suggested above was about $1,500 per night, the cost of food, gas if you get a rental car and your spending money, I would say you need about 15,000 dollars to be covered, which, I know, is a lot of money, but you can always choose a different hotel, come for less days or even if you have family over here, come live with them and boom! Tons of money just got saved!

Activities

There is plenty of things to do in Paris, France. You can visit the Eiffel Tower, go shopping, scavenge the roads for cheese from the street sellers or go eat at one of the many restaurants on the curbs. At the hotel you can swim in the swimming pool or you can go eat in the dining hall. Many unique opportunities here in France are the different kinds of food you can try, different kinds of lifestyles and also the chance to learn a new language.

Works Cited

Facts

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Images

Baguette Bread. Digital image. Pixabay. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 June 2015. http://pixabay.com/en/baguette-baked-bakery-bread-brown-163979/.

Dollar Money Sign. Digital image. Pixabay. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 June 2015. http://pixabay.com/en/finance-dollar-financial-world-634901/.

Eiffel Tower Glowing at Night. Digital image. Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 June 2015. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eiffel_tower_at_night_WLM.JPG.

Kids in a Swimming Pool. Digital image. Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Junction,_TX,_swimming_pool_IMG_4344.JPG.