At Universal Removals we specialise in helping people moving to or from France. We are experienced in European removals and removals to France and we can also organise shipping for international removals from France and removals back to the UK and on to any other destination.
Useful information if you’re moving to France
Located in Western Europe, France is a republic bordered by Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain and Switzerland. France also has many overseas territories and, closer to home, several islands.
France has the fifth largest economy in the world and is one of the founder members of the European Union. Over 79 million tourists visit France every year, making it the most visited country in the world. France is easy to reach from the UK because of the Channel Tunnel, which opened in 1994.
Paris is the capital of France; located on the banks of the River Seine, it is one of the most romantic cities in the world. There are many famous landmarks in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, which is at the western end of the famous Champs-Elysées.
France’s early history saw occupation by the Celtic Gauls, who were then pushed out by Julius Caesar of the Roman Empire. France’s history has also been influenced by Germanic peoples and the Spanish Crusades of the Middle Ages. In the 17th century France became an absolute monarchy and the royals ruled until the French Revolution of 1789, when the people of France turned on the royal family, leading to a more constitutional system.
France is also famous for Napoleon Bonaparte, who claimed power in 1799 and attempted to conquer most of Europe. His time was up at the Battle of Waterloo when he was vanquished by the English. France was also heavily involved in both world wars.
Removals to Paris
Paris is one of the most romantic cities in Europe and it is wonderful to visit all year round. There are many exciting aspects to Paris, including the River Seine and the water taxis that cross it, the varied architecture, the rich wealth of art, the restaurants and boutiques that line the streets, and the pavement cafe culture. This world class city never loses its appeal, whether you are a seasoned visitor or here for the first time.
Removals to Marseille
Located on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is France’s main port. It’s a city rich in history; both the Greeks and Romans built cities here and there are regular archaeological projects that frequently unearth fascinating artefacts. If you are looking for art and culture Marseille is for you – but it’s also famous for its beaches and watersports, and is a Mecca for young travellers.
Removals to Lyon
If you’re looking for a cultural experience you’ll find it in Lyon, as the city has dozens of museums, art galleries, theatres and music venues, including an opera house. It’s also a great destination for those looking for antiquarian books or antiques, as the rue Auguste Comte is full of bookstores and antiques dealers.
Removals to Toulouse
Toulouse – France’s “city of light” – sits on the banks of the River Garonne. The old quarter of the city has many historical buildings which are lit up at night and it’s a fascinating spectacle. The ancient University of Toulouse, which dates back to 1229, comprises a number of colleges and has over 130,000 students.
Removals to Nice
Located in the South of France, Nice is the capital of the Cote d’Azur region, otherwise known as the French Riviera. Nice is a great place for shopping, as you’ll find everything from fashion and jewellery to shoes and homewares. The Old Town is especially exciting to explore, as it is home to a famous flower and fruit market and some unique little boutiques. And when you’ve had enough of shopping you can relax at one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants that line the streets.
Removals to Nantes
Nantes has a colourful history, as it has been home to a number of peoples including the Gauls, Romans, Saxons, Franks, Britons and Normans. This history is visible throughout the city as every period has left its trace on the architecture and culture. More recently Nantes has received accolades in the press for being “the greenest city in France”, “the most liveable city in Europe and “the best place to live”!