Parlez-vous Francais? Looking for somewhere abroad to practice your lingo? Why not take a trip to somewhere a little off the beaten track? There are 16 countries in the world in which French is an official language. If you’ve been to France and want to experience somewhere a little different, why not try one of these alternative locations and get to tick another country of your travel list!
French is spoken widely in Belgium alongside Dutch, German and Flemish. It’s a short flight from the UK and from many other European cities, making it great for a weekend venture.
The country is known largely for its chocolate, art and rich history. Bruges and the country’s capital Brussels are well worth a trip, offering great cuisine and many historic buildings. Battlefield trips are very popular and there are many vast cemeteries dedicated to the fallen soldiers of WW1, as well as the famous Menin Gate memorial in Ypres.
Whilst most of Canada speaks English, the populous province of Quebec still speaks French. Much of the architecture has a European charm and the landscapes are particularly stunning. Montmorency Falls is a waterfall 30 metres higher than Niagara known to freeze in the winter. Old Quebec is great places to stay, offering many restaurants, horse-drawn carriage rides and street entertainment around every corner. It’s also home to the Chateau Frontenac – the world’s most photographed hotel.
For a taste of Northern Africa, why not try Morocco? Although Arabic is the official language, a third of the population speak French and it is viewed as their business language. You can take an organised tour out to the vast and expansive plains of the Sahara or enjoy the vibrant hustle-and-bustle of one of the country’s many historical cities. You can rent out a luxury villa or – as the French call it – ‘Ville de Luxe’ in Marrakesh, and explore the bazaars and narrow streets. Being a Muslim country, there are also many impressive mosques, something you don’t get to see in Europe often!
A fantastic skiing destination, Switzerland is situated right in the heart of the Alps and has some of the most scenic views you’re likely to experience anywhere in the world. French is spoken largely in the west, German spoken mainly in the east, with some Italian speakers also living in the south. Its windy road make it the perfect country for renting a car. Don’t forget to try the cheese!
The beautiful Caribbean island of Haiti has long been avoided due to its high crime rates and political unrest, however this is swiftly changing and it has become a popular destination for tourism in the last few years. Among its many attractions are Sans-Souci Palace, Jacmel and the Bassins Bleu waterfalls. White sand beaches and a perfect blue make it a perfect holiday destination for French speakers (although beware – their dialect is very different!). Carnivals should also be looked out for, as well as many of the country’s vodou art.
So, what about you? Have you ever thought or traveled abroad to practice a language you love? Let us know in the comment section below.
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