Here are some questions that you might be asking (or some questions that have already been answered but you feel that you need a review). Get ready for your trip to France by getting the right answers to your questions.

1. In getting a visa, do I need to set an appointment?

Yes, you do. Don’t forget to set an appointment with your region’s French consulate. This appointment should be 1 to 3 months before your departure, but after you have bought your plane tickets and made travel arrangements. Your visa may not be accepted if you plan to depart less than 3 weeks after your appointment.

2. What is the Loire valley?

Loire Valley is one of France’s most popular tourist destinations. The Loire Valley stretches 280 km (175 miles) along the Loire River, twisting and turning through some of France’s most beautiful villages and charming chateaux. Some of the most famous chateaux include Chambord, Amboise, Rivau, Chinon and Chenonceau. The valley is home to many wineries that offer tours and wine tastings.

3. Is it true that France is the world’s #1 tourist destination?

Yes, it’s true. Some 83.7 million visitors arrived in France, according to the World Tourism Organization report published in 2014, making it the world's most-visited country.

4. People tell me that French people tend to be rude. Is this true?

This is perhaps one of the most popular myths about the French people. The French are among the friendliest and most helpful people. But like every other nation, there are cultural differences that lead some to believe the French are rude. The French tend to be more direct than either the Brits or the Americans; they say what they think without dressing it up in fancy language and that can come across as rude.

5. Do French people really stink?

No, actually they don’t. In fact, some of the biggest perfume companies come from France.

6. Is the baguette worth trying?

Yes, it sure is. France is known for making the best baguettes in the world. Of course, the final judgment is still up to you, but it’s really worth a try.