Fall is in the air, and if you’re planning a trip to France for the season (or simply dreaming of one of Europe’s most resplindent destinations), singer/songwriter Katy Crawford has you covered. The talented songstress recently released her debut full-length project, Our Love Story, but she first introduced her original music to audiences with her French EP, Pour Te louer, in 2015. Crawford grew up ministering in France with her dad–a pastor–on a regular basis. Her home church partnered with local churches in France, and she’s had a heart for the beautiful European country and its people ever since. Today, the bilingual Texas-native teaches French to high school students and makes trips to France often to lead worship and minister. Having visited France more times than she can count, she agreed to be our tour guide and provide some personal photos and tips on all the best things to see and do in the City of Light and beyond.
The Arc de Triomphe & the Champs Élysées
Walk the historic streets that have reigned over the world of fashion and luxury.
See the most iconic monument in France, and soak in the Parisian lifestyle.
Sample some of the best bread in the world! In France, you will definitely walk off the carbs, so live it up!
Admittedly, France is not the only European country with incredible coffee, but it sure has some of the best! You’ll be spoiled!
If anyone knows their cheeses, it’s the French! So many varieties, there is something to please every taste.
Open-air Markets and Produce
Every town has them. Large or small, the markets of France never disappoint. Stroll through rows of vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables, artisanal jams, canned and jarred goods, and all manner of fresh meats, cheeses, and dishes.
France has certainly perfected the art of baking delicate and delicious pastries. Remember all that walking? You might need to take a few extra laps around the park after one of these, but it is totally worth it!
Lush Castles in the Loire Valley
The gorgeous grounds and architecture of the castles of the Loire Valley are only part of their charm. So many of them have such intriguing stories.
Notre Dame de Paris
Escape into the world of Victor Hugo, of medieval France, and the history of Paris. In fact, Notre Dame sits on the oldest area of the city, which dates back to Roman times.
Explore the artsy world of Montmartre, ruled over by the gleaming Sacré Cœur.
Step into Monet’s master works. His home and gardens have been preserved just as he painted them. An impressionist’s dream!
Jardin de Luxembourg
Perfect for leisurely Saturdays (or weekday lunch breaks) at the park. In the middle of the city, families come to unwind, sunbathe, and sail toy boats on the water.
Lavish & Lovely Beaches
The traditional playground of the rich and famous, Nice is nestled in the warmth of the Cote d’Azure. The hospitality of the south of France and the quaint streets and flower market are great reasons to visit as well.
The Café Life
Settle down for a coffee and a little reading, conversation, or simple people watching. C’est la vie!
One of the beloved pastimes in France: a good old-fashioned game of Pétanque. The French truly know how to take life slowly and enjoy every moment.
ART & MUSEUMS
Among the many amazing museums of Paris, the Louvre stands apart. You could spend weeks going through its immense collections and barely see it all!
le Musée d’Orsay
Housed in a former train station, the Musée d’Orsay has one of the best collections of impressionist art.
Witness first-hand the works of the masters!
Check out more of Katy’s travel photos on Instagram @katycrawfordmusic, and learn more about her new album, Our Love Story, at www.katycrawfordmusic.com.
All photos and captions by Katy Crawford.