+ Get organized for travel: Learn about your destination (This edition: Travel tips for France)

Angela-by-Luc-Besson-Travel-Tips-for-ParisWhat is the best way to get organized for travel? There are many steps you need to take, but one of my favorite travel tips may seem a little odd: learn about the destination. Whenever we are planning our next adventure, we load up on movies that were filmed in the country to which we’re headed. We look for sites and restaurants that we might be interested in experiencing. We also listen to the language so that it won’t be completely foreign to us when we arrive. We know we won’t become fluent, but we’ll pick up enough words and phrases to greet and thank folks in the language of their country, which often gets us much better service. Since we have some friends who are headed to France next summer, here are some travel tips for France – a few of my French movie recommendations – to prepare for your trip:

 

Paris

Angel-a

Paris, Je T’aime

Midnight in Paris

The Intouchables

La Vie en Rose

Amelie

The Bourne Identity

From Paris with Love

The Red Balloon

The Da Vinci Code

Moulin Rouge

 

France

The Closet

Romantics Anonymous

A Good Year

A Prophet

The Dinner Game

Mesrine

Séraphine

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

 

Additional travel tips for France

If you’re headed to Provence, you might consider reading Peter Mayle’s series of books about that region in Southern France:

A Year in Provence

French Lessons

Provence A-Z

A Good Year

 

 

 
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