FRANCE

Many tourists begin their travels in France by arrival on ship. Bad weather, low tide, and seasickness deter many travelers from making the voyage to travel the continent. From Dover, the wind patterns and problems of disembarkation, having to row the boat to land from the ship may cause anxiety and frustration among the passengers. Thomas Nugent’s The Grand Tour 1743 describes the French as “fiery, impatient, inconstant, and of restless disposition. Extremely talkative, especially those of the female sex. Swearing and cursing are customary.”

Read on about France, then choose which city you want to see!

When arriving in France, in order to reach one’s city of destination, it is necessary to hire a means of transportation. The best, yet also the most expensive means of transportation is the carriage system. However, an alternative to the carriage is the carrosse, like the English stagecoach, with room for up to six passengers. Another alternative is the coche, which carries sixteen passengers and is larger and heavier than the aforementioned choices. This means of public transportation provides the tourist with the opportunity to engage in interesting conversation and interaction with the local people of France. Though France’s road system is limited in number, these roads are considered sufficient in comparison to other countries, such as Germany. One negative aspect of the horse drawn means of transportation is that the horses need to be changed every twelve miles, which makes for a slower journey. Another negative aspect is the bumpy and uncomfortable features of the carriages. For example, from Calais, where most tourists arrive, to Paris is 183 miles which requires seven suppers on the road and a weeklong journey.

The British claim that the French attempt to disguise the poverty of their food with ornate sauces. As a traveler, one can expect to be served multi course meals. For example, a soup course; a fish course; bouillie; either duck stewed with cucumber, tongue with tomato sauce, or fricandeau of veal; stewed fruit, sweet meats, or pudding, fresh fruit, and cakes; French liqueurs and wine. France provides a variety of entertainments for the British traveler.

Francešs main city of attraction is Paris and every educated traveler goes to Paris. Paris is the most impressive city seen by British tourists because it offers more, both culturally and scenically than any other city in Europe. Many British find the French food too highly seasoned, insubstantial, and lacking meat. Most people enjoy shopping for fashionable French clothes. Tourists attend performances of the French opera and theater, usually in Paris. However, be aware that the French opera is unanimously considered second to the Italian opera. British travelers immerse themselves in the French culture by frequenting Francešs finest cafes.

France, like many other countries on the continent possesses negative aspects that plague its interior. For example, gambling, prostitution, poverty, beggars, dilapidated buildings, and filth all permeate the country. To Englishman, France seems fetid and vile, without being magnificent or fragrant. The French are notorious for their mean attitude and arrogant mannerisms. The French Revolution in the late 1780’s has caused a financial chaos. Now, many French have taken to forging money. Therefore, the British must be careful in whom they trust with financial matters while traveling through France. France’s national turmoil makes the tourists never free from the threat of violence.

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