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21. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

August is the best time to visit paris, all the French are away on vacation.

22. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

I liked Paris when I was there. It's just not a Top 20 destination.

Thank, travel100. Similar to many travellers: Paris doesn't represent the whole France; London doesn't represent the real England; Kuala Lumpur doesn't represent Malaysia as well!

Until now, i would only have more than 50% exploration in Malaysia; I visited ALL the states in Malaysia plus 19 islands in Malaysia; 2 years in Perak State; 1 year in KL; 3 years in Labuan Island; half year in Kuantan, Pahang state; 8 months in Malacca State; 3 months in Johore state and spend the rest of my past life in Negeri Sembilan state, my home town - Seremban.

That's why many charts and statistics in this world do not really 'reflecting' the 'true colour' at all! Some would think: " Ah! I've been to England before(in fact he/she has been to LONDON ONLY!!!What about Ipswich? Norwich? Leeds? Peak District? Rye?)"

In my belief:

a)Paris does not represent la France as a whole.
b)only a few 'main' destinations do not mean that i've been to 'A COUNTRY' and would give my comments on my experience of 'A COUNTRY' based on the travel to its capital and some main attractions.

What about yours?

I hope you get my words,
Lee

23. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I've actually been all around France (by train & car), not just Paris. It's still not one of my favorite places. Of course one reason it isn't in my top 20 is because I've been fortunate enough to have traveled to 20+ places that I like better.

Some countries I've seen indepth, some not so much. But even a quick visit can give you an idea of whether you like a country. However, just seing the capital city is not an enough, I personally don't really like big cities that much.

In Europe I do like some of the larger cities because there are usually some many interesting things to see there, and because of the excellent public transportation, it is easy to get around.

In Asia & Africa, I really don't like the main cities, they are simply a base for me to use to explore the more interesting & nicer rural areas.

South America has some nice cities, but it's also the countryside that is so beautiful.

24. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

South America has some nice cities, but it's also the countryside that is so beautiful

Sounds interesting! Would you to mind to share some of them? Plsss

Thanks,
Lee

P/S: What is your favourite one...arein..

25. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting cikusang

South America has some nice cities, but it's also the countryside that is so beautiful

Sounds interesting! Would you to mind to share some of them? Plsss

Thanks,
Lee

P/S: What is your favourite one...arein..

My favorite city in South America would be Rio. In terms of the natural beauty of the area they choose to build a city on, I don't think there is ant better in the World. Although there are some dangerous areas in the city, it's beauty has to be seen to be believed.

I enjoyed wandering around Quito's Old Town & found La Paz to be very exotic.

26. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 11y

France is definitely on my top 20 at least!
I live there for a while, and even if I have previous bad experiences in the country, I moved there and I realised that not everybody is as arrogant as we think. Some they are, but in general, they are cool. I had few disscussions about the topic with my friends, it is true, but in general it was ok! You just have to let them go. I tried to confront them sometimes and they were very stubborn about it, but I am too so....

I think that France has a lot to offer, not only food, wine and skiing. Architectonically, I think it's a bit tedious, everything looks almost the same, if I compare it with the country I live in, where there is a lot more of variety depending on the area you are visiting.

The people, the differents accents, the different ways of thinking in each place, etc... I would go back anytime!

Although it is not one of my priorities, I wish I could go back soon!

27. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

The people, the differents accents, the different ways of thinking in each place, etc... I would go back anytime!

How many accents are there in France?

28. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

There`s a France Fever in China,especially in Beijing. I`ve been there, visiting several places in north and south. It didn`t disappoint me at all, actually exceeded expectation. Just like China, France is very unique.

29. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 11y

cikusang,

there are many different accents in France, as there are in Spain, where I live. Everyone has their own way of speaking, but when you barely know the language (I don't know which command of French do you have), you can't tell the differences.

I remember when I arrived there that I couldn't tell whether somebody was from the south, the east, the north, paris.... But know I can recognise some accents, the way of pronouncing some words, the tone, using one word or another to say the same thing are the kind of things that make people speak different in France. But don't worry, knowing the basics you will be able to understand everybody.

In the countryside (at least in the south, between Toulouse and Andorra -the pyreenes), it gets a bit hard to understand some people. But finally everywhere is OK!

30. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

there are many different accents in France, as there are in Spain, where I live. Everyone has their own way of speaking, but when you barely know the language (I don't know which command of French do you have), you can't tell the differences.

I can catch a little on Parisien and Breton, Alsace-francais...

Still, their accents are hard to be recognized...

And one more thing is, I never see any TP members with the citizenship as 'France'...

Lee