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What to Expect When Visiting Provincial France

One of the biggest hurdles to people checking out the French countryside the first time around, is getting rid of prior programming. It’s very easy to think that all of France is basically just an extension of Paris; this is unfair on so many levels. Seriously. It’s unfair to Paris because Paris actually has many different faces, depending on which part of Paris you visit, you might walk away with a very unrealistic impression of the city. Sure it has a lot of culture, a lot of history, and a lot of cuisines, but it’s like an onion; the more you peel the more you realize that there’s another layer you have to peel, and on and on it goes.

If you really think about it, you really may never get to the bottom of Paris because it has so much to offer. It just has so many dimensions and so many sides, that even if you take one hundred trips to it, you still won’t feel fully satisfied.

So, unfortunately, given that richness, it really is unfair to compare provincial France, to that. Worse yet, it’s really uncalled for to think that provincial France is really just an extension of whatever you’ve seen, heard, smelled, tasted, and touched, in Paris, France. This is why it’s a good idea to book a trip to provincial France to see for yourself. You are in for a treat because it’s a completely different experience, compared to any kind of a municipal journey.

First of all, you get in touch with nature. There’s a lot of nature trails and nature reserves (or what would pass for nature reserves), and it gives you an impression of what it’s like to live in France in the past.

Enjoy Rustic Elegance

The great thing about French people and culture, is the high value they place on elegance. Now, keep in mind, elegance doesn’t have to be expensive, it doesn’t have to be wrapped in gold foil, it doesn’t have to be studded with diamonds for it to be any good. In fact, the most elegant designs in the world are usually the most simple.

The same applies to enjoying the provincial life in the countryside, that there’s this rustic sophistication, there’s this calm presence that you can’t help but equate with classy.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Whether you’re hiking, camping, or backpacking through France, when you get out into the great outdoors, you really see the country from a totally different perspective, and this can’t help but make you feel more appreciative, grateful, balanced,  and relaxed. This is due to the fact that when you’re in the great outdoors and you’re traveling from town to town, there’s a lot of great food, and there’s a lot of very helpful, accommodating, and friendly people.

It all adds up to a really amazing time. Don’t be surprised that the people you are going to be traveling with will constantly bring up the memory of your trip to Provence, and other provincial areas of France, because it meant so much to them, and chances are quite good that it will mean a lot to you as well.

It really all boils down to all the small details. It’s easy to overlook the small details, very easy to forget these, but it really is these details, that really add up to a truly big difference.