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France: On The Road

Paris, the city of love and a thousand other clichés, still holds a certain mystic. But no matter how many written words this great city has commanded - however familiar this town may appear - Paris will always remain an enigma, a magnet for millions of visitors from around the world.

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Full Name French Republic
Capital City Paris

547,030 sq km
211,208 sq miles

Population 60,400,000
Time Zone GMT/UTC +1(Central European Time)
Daylight Saving Start last Sunday in March
Daylight Saving End last Sunday in October
Languages French (official)
Religion 86% Roman Catholic, 8% Muslim, 2% Protestant 1% Jewish, 3% unaffiliated
Currency Euro (Euro)
Electricity 230V 50HzHz
Country Dialing Code 33


Low Cost Flights Make Your Self Catering Family Holiday Affordable

European family holiday destinations are becoming more accessible now than ever before, this is mainly due to the ever increasing amount of low cost airline operators flying to holiday resorts that were only available to the big flight operators and at a big price to match.Maybe low cost is the wrong term, i think "realistic cost" should be the correct term to describe these new kids on the block. It has been a thorn in the consumers side for decades that the travel costs far out do the accommodation costs, well for once this may not be the case. If consumers are quick of the mark, search intelligently, shop around and strike whilst the iron is hot then they can pick up a family flight at a very good price. As the cost of living is always on the increase and we expect to pay premium prices for everything then it's a breath of fresh air that you can now fly half way across Europe at a smaller price that you would expect pay to get a train from London to manchester.Self catering accommodation is now getting more luxurious as again we expect more home comforts in our holiday destination and as flights are cheaper we can now budget for a two week holiday rather than just managing to scrape enough money for a weeks holiday.

Who is the the person that benefits from all of these factors? well it's your children - they are spending valuable time with their parents enjoying their company and seeing a side to them that maybe they haven't seen for a long time, and yes they can have that sought after love for longer than maybe a couple of years ago. If the children go home happy then this was a holiday to remember.You don't have to look at every individual flight operators website to get the prices of your chosen flight, there are comparison websites or search sites where you can punch in the name of your holiday airport and your departure airport,it will then present you with the best priced operator - how cool is that?.

Joining a companys newsletter is also a prudent move, they are not just an advertising tool for the company but they can also be an important source of information such as special deals, dates that certain pricing tables will be released, ticket availabiltiy ahead of the general public and also travel news that may be of use to you in the future. Let the company accumulate all of this information and drop it in your inbox once a week - that saves you a lot of leg work.


This article was written by Iain Williams, Iain is the Managing Director of the family holiday specialists Williams Holidays.The company has grown from two mobile homes in France to one of the most innovotive holiday operators in Europe and now offers superior self catering accommodation in Italy, Spain, Cyprus and also Florida. http://www.williamsholidays.


By: Iain Williams

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