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Map of France

map of France

France has one of the strongest tourism industries in Europe. Travelling around France has become one of those must do travel experiences. The south of France although expensive, has some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. Cheap tickets are available on rail and with most airlines these days, so you can really make your travel dollar/euro work for you. Group travel is especially welcomed in France and its tourist industry has a long history of catering for this kind of travel.

Like Germany you can find a tourist destination to cater for any taste. If you are planning a vacation that takes in natural wonders like mountain, forests, beaches and fields. Then nearly every region can cater for this. If you want history and culture, then every region can cater for this, especially Burgundy, Normandy and Brittany. Each region has its own culinary delights and specialities, you will find Wines, cheeses, hams, seafood, sausages and restaurants that are putting all the local delicacies on their menu’s. So a food buff touring France could spend years and not have tasted the wonders of every region.

There are few towns in the world more history rich and cosmopolitan as Paris. The capital of France has its own wonders for travellers to explore. History is everywhere in Paris, you can’t get away from it. Notre Dame, the Eiffel tower, the Arc de Triomphe are but a few sites to visit. Every era has left its mark on Paris. From the days of the Romans through Napoleonic times to modern day. Paris has absorbed it all and is a town willing to steep itself in it’s past but also looking to the future. Whether you want to take in the tourist sites or whther you want to while taway the hours in paris’ thousands of cafe’s or whether you want to shop your heart out. Paris has it all. There are direct flights to Paris from almost any major city in the USA, Europe or for that matter almost anywhere in the world. A map of France is a must have when travelling around counry side as it can get a little confusing

Always remember to take out travel insurance, it is one of the last things we think about when travelling. However a good travel insurance policy is the best investment you can make. Make sure you read and understand what you are being covered for, as all insurance policies are definitely not equal.

Here are some facts about France
Official name is the French Republic. It is situated in central Europe. Bordered by the countries : Belgium, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Luxembourg and Germany. The Seas that border it are : the North Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscal and Mediterranean Sea. The land mass is 547,030 km/squared and a population of approximately 61.7 million people. The capital city is Paris. Frances political system is a Unitary semi-presidential republic and the official language is French.

Map of Belgium

map of Belgium

Having three different national languages might make you think that travelling around Belgium would be difficult. Nothing could be further from the truth, in fact not knowing any of the languages will not hamper you. Most of the population has a good understanding of English. Beer is another thing Belgium is famous for and as a result the nightlife is incredible. You could spend your whole holiday just going from bar to bar and not get bored. They cater for every taste and the variety is astounding.

The bed and breakfast niche is covered well in Belgium and is highly recommended for those on a budget while travelling. With a mild climate similar to the netherlands, you could pretty much holiday any time of the year. One particular town that should be visited by all holiday makers is Bruge. It is considered the venice of the north and with its quaint canals and sea side living, it is a place to come and relax. Don’t forget to get yourself a good map of Belgium, to help you navigate around the country.

Three recommendations when travelling around Belgium are

  • Car rental, being such a small nation lends it perfectly to a driving holiday. This way you are in complete control of your destinations and you are never more than 5 hours away from Brussels.
  • The railways, belgium has an excellent railway network and is also a part of the Eurorail network. So travelling around Belgium by train is an easy option. Also it will be a nice and scenic way to enter and leave the country.
  • Travel Insurance, Always take out travel insurance. No matter where you go in Europe. Do this! It is always wise to have a good travel insurance policy up your sleave.

Remember there are cheap tickets available with airlines and eurorail being offered all the time. Times are tough and competition is fierce so make sure you haggle for the best price on travel you can possibly get.

Here are some facts about the Belgium
Official name is the Kingdom of Belgium. It is situated in North West Europe. Bordered by the countries : France and the Netherlands . It is bordered by the North Sea. The land mass is 30,528 km/squared and a population of approximately 10.8 million people. The capital city is Brussels The political system of the Belgium is a Federal parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy. The official languages are Dutch, French and German

Map of Andorra

map of Andorra

There are no words that can describe Andorra. It is simply nature.s best friend and Europe fully agrees with this fact. It is a small country in Europe located among the Pyrenees Mountains. A brief look into the map of Andorra may make you think the small country has nothing to offer. But wait till you get there, then you realize you are literally in paradise on earth. The country’s mountainous terrain is a perfect feature for extreme sport lovers.

Before flying off to travel Andorra, take time to find cheap flights and other travel essentials like a good travel insurance policy. Cheap flights are available mostly during winter when tourists are not flying to Andorra in numbers, simply because of the cold weather. Alternatively you can have cheap flights to Andorra during one of the promotional offers that mainly come in festive seasons. As of the travel insurance, confirm with your travel agency and have them advice you on the best travel insurance policies.

Andorra experiences wet, damp and cold winters and hot dry summers. It has an estimated population of 83,888 as of 2009.Andorra is the sixth smallest country in Europe and its capital city is known as Andorra La Vella,meaning Andorra of the valley. The main revenue earner of Andorra is the tourism industry which receives more than 10.2 million tourists a year.

There are interesting facts about Andorra that attract tourists to the country each year. First, Andorra.s capital, Andorra La Vella,is the highest city in Europe, standing at a remarkable elevation of 1023 meters above the sea level. Also, Andorra has the second highest human life expectancy in the world that is,82 years at birth.

Any ski loving tourist will tell you that Andorra is the best place on earth to ski. But there are other tourist attractions in Andorra as well. Eglesia de sant Esteve where you can see the Romanesque style is a must see for any tourist visiting AndorraLa Vella. It is the central place of the city so with a map of Andorra with you or even without,you will easily find the place. The winter festival held every year is another big tourist attraction. There is also the Pic de Coma Pedrosa which is the highest peak of the region and stands at 2942 meters above the sea level. Tourists can also visit museums,theaters,art galleries,parks and zoos where they can have quiet time enjoying themselves.

Your travel agency will organize everything for you. This includes a guest house or a motel, most of which are affordable and are located in the outskirts of the city. Check with your agent and confirm if it will cater for any cheap flights back home. This is very important as some agencies sometimes cause tourists inconveniences during departure time.

Finally, sum up your stay in Andorra by socializing with the city dwellers. They are friendly people with a warm heart and some form of unexplained passion for their country. Alternatively, you can drive around the city just sightseeing or even visiting gift shops to buy souvenirs. You might even be tempted to stay for more days you had not planned.