France is supposed to reopen its borders to Americans on June 9th and we don’t know about you, but it feels like we’ve been waiting for this day for an eternity. If you’re feeling as impatient as we are for June to roll around, then you should take our quiz to discover the best French region or city for you to visit in 2021!
This May, Coucou has created a special travel-related workshop series that will help you prepare for your next trip to France. Here’s what’s planned:
Saturday, May 8th: Literary Left Bank Tour with Women of Paris. Sign up here.
Saturday, May 15th: American in Paris Panel. Sign up here.
Saturday, May 22nd: Coucou Tour de France. Explore France’s regions with Coucou teacher Claire! Sign up here.
And now, here’s how our quiz works! Answer the questions below, keeping track of the emoji (🐓 , 🍷, 🥖, 🧀) that you select the most often. At the end of the quiz, you’ll see a list of regions matching the French emoji that you chose with the perfect travel destination for you. What if two regions are tied? In that case, we’re sorry to break it to you, but you just might have to make two trips to France this year!
What’s in your pantry?
🐓 Bread, butter and eggs
🍷 Duck pâté, oysters and red wine
🥖 Olive oil, fish, herbs and vegetables
🧀 Cheese, meat and potatoes
What is important for you when choosing a city to live in?
🍷 Beautiful architecture and easy access to nature; you need balance.
🐓 Good public transportation and the best cultural events; you want to be at the center of the action!
🥖 A relaxed atmosphere and slow-paced lifestyle; you like to take it easy.
🧀 World-class restaurants and opportunities to escape to the great outdoors to indulge your active lifestyle.
What is your favorite type of weather?
🐓 You like overcast skies with intermittent sunny spells. Umbrellas are so chic!
🍷 Wild and windy: you like to feel the proximity of the ocean.
🥖 Dry and warm: life is better in the sunshine.
🧀 The cold doesn’t scare you, and what’s a winter without snow?
How do you like to spend your free time?
🐓 Shopping, going to the theatre, visiting art galleries… la culture c’est l’expression du vivant !
🧀 Hiking in the mountains… la nature est encore le meilleur des peintres !
🥖 Lounging on the beach or dipping your toes in clear blue water… 🎵 Sea, sex and sun 🎵
🍷 Visiting castles, vineyards and fortified villages… le passé, c’est la lampe qui éclaire l’avenir !
Results: In 2021, you should travel to or live in…
🍷 Bordeaux and the Aquitaine region
Beautiful architecture, rolling hills with vineyards, wind-swept Atlantic beaches… The Aquitaine region has it all. In recent years, following the launch of a new high-speed train connection from Paris, Bordeaux has become the destination of choice for Parisians wishing to escape the capital… which has led to local resentment of the increasing real estate prices. With mild weather throughout the year, this is a good year-round destination, but in the summer, the region truly becomes an alternative to the French Riviera, with resorts such as Arcachon and Cap Ferret (the Cape Cod of France) turning into uber-chic beach retreats. If you’re exploring the region, the stunning Île de Ré to the north and the world-famous surf beaches of Biarritz to the south are other highlights of France’s Atlantic coast. The Aquitaine region also boasts Europe’s tallest sand dune, the beautiful Dune du Pilat. Oh, and did we mention the wine?
🐓 Paris and the Île de France
Aaah, Paris. The French capital needs no introduction. It is, after all, the world’s top tourist destination. The food, the art, the fashion, the history… trying to take it all in can make your head spin (and can also make some tourists physically sick when the city doesn’t live up to their impossibly high expectations!). But at the same time, compared to most of the world’s other major cities, Paris boasts an attractively relaxed pace of life, and the locals highly value their work-life balance. Just find your favorite neighborhood café, sit on the terrasse and watch the city go by. Paris is also highly walkable; in fact, one of the best things to do is to just wander around, away from the main tourist attractions, and discover the city’s many hidden gems.
🥖 Nice and the French Riviera
The French Riviera, the stretch of coast that extends between Marseille and the Italian border, offers Mediterranean living at its best. The locals are incredibly proud of their region and couldn’t possibly imagine living anywhere else. And who can blame them? With stunning natural beauty, colorful local culture and picturesque villages–and the azur of the Mediterranean sea as a backdrop–the region has fulfilled many a traveler’s fantasies for centuries. If somehow you tire of the beaches and calanques, drive a little inland and you’ll find the lavender fields of Provence as well as rolling vineyards, pine forests and olive groves. Alternatively, you can hop on a ferry to the gorgeous island of Corsica. The only danger of coming to this region is that you’ll never want to leave!
🧀 Lyon and the French Alps
France’s second-largest city, Lyon, proclaims itself the country’s food capital–and once you’ve sampled some of the local delicacies, you might come to agree! After getting lost in the tiny medieval streets of le vieux Lyon, you might be tempted to hit the road and go explore the volcanoes of Auvergne to the West or the Alps to the East, the highest mountain range in western Europe. The region is known for its endless hiking opportunities and countless other activities in the summer (rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding.. you name it, the French Alps have got it). And of course, with its snow-covered peaks, the region is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts–and if you just want to tag along for the après-ski vibes and enjoy raclette and mulled wine in a cozy chalet, that’s definitely OK too! In the era of social distancing, the French Alps’ remote valleys and dramatic vistas might just be the perfect place to escape to.