What are your first thoughts when you bite into a buttery and flaky croissant? Do you feel like you have finally reached that moment of peace and contentment? Do you at least feel like you have escaped the rest of the world? Whether or not that is the case, the one thing you probably do consider when eating croissants is where you think they came from. Most people think of France when they think of croissants. But croissants were made in Vienna long before they arrived in France. And honestly, these tasty treats have been around since the time of the Renaissance. Those croissants were much different than the crescent shaped treats you are used to devouring today though. The yeasty options of the past were pushed aside for the puffs that can now be filled with anything from chocolate and almond paste to ham, vegetables, and different types of cheese. As you ponder your options for your next croissant, let’s discover my top 3 destinations in France for National Croissant Day.
Of course, you cannot choose to take a family vacation in France and not see the gorgeous city of Paris. The City of Light, and love and romance, holds many options for reconnecting with your family. As well as numerous bakeries filled with delicious croissants. I recommend you spend your time in Paris exploring the art museums, shopping along Champs Élysées, and taking in the views from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
In between all those adventures, you can wander along the River Seine with your family, as you eat one croissant after another. It is best to purchase croissants from different bakeries in the city, so you can find your personal favorite. If you are struggling to determine which bakeries you should enter on National Croissant Day, I recommend starting with either Laurent Duchene or Des Gateaux et du Pain. They are both off the beaten path, but so worthy of the journey.
Skiers will love the mountains within this area of France. But that doesn’t mean your family must love to ski in order to take a family vacation in Chamonix. Those who do not love the snow can ride the Aiguille du Midi cable car to see the countryside, and mountains, from a different vantage point. And when the snow disappears, this is an excellent destination in France for hiking and biking.
Shopping at Chamonix Village is a must, as is a stop at the crystal museum, Musée des Cristaux. If you want to have a true adventure during your family vacation in France, then a trip to Mer de Glace should be arranged. This massive glacier is more than four miles long. You must take a train to see this stunning natural wonder. I can arrange this while planning your vacation in France for National Croissant Day.
Fairy tales were probably common in your home during story time when your kids were younger. Well, if you want to bring back those memories during your family vacation in France, I recommend visiting Carcassonne. This fortified city looks exactly like it might if it were on the pages of a fairy tale book. It is a medieval castle that has been considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
Besides the castle, your family can see the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, the Great Well, House of Chivalry, and so much more. I recommend staying in the area until late in the day, so you can see the castle, and the rest of the city lit up under the dark sky.
These are my top three destinations in France. You will want to consider each one, as well as others when you plan a family vacation there in honor of National Croissant Day. I can recommend other areas of France too, so you can choose the perfect destination for your family.
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