The Oldest in France

Oldest in France  One of the things we love about France and Europe, in general, is the history we see all around us. Many historical events are remembered with the help of the buildings that still stand, giving us the...

Cognac, France: Town and Taste

 Cognac: It’s not just high-end French brandy. It’s also a town of over 18,000 inhabitants. Cognac lies about 60 miles north of Bordeaux (100 km) and is close to the towns of Angouleme and Saintes. In Cognac, there is more...

A Tour Through the Luberon: Provence, France

When you think of Provence, France, you might think of lavender fields, olive groves, rocky outcrops topped with walled villages. You’re thinking of an area called the Luberon, at the foot of the Luberon mountain range. This area was put...

Kid-Friendly in Paris

When you travel as a family, you’ll want to know about kid-friendly activities. For your next trip to Paris, Oliver’s France has you covered. (It’s not too early to plan ahead!) Here are 10 ideas to keep your kids happy!...

French Architecture: What to Know

When you travel to France, your travel guidebook will often use words such as Renaissance, Neoclassical, or Gothic to describe French architecture. What does it all mean? For this post, I’ll give you an overview of some architectural styles you’ll...

Come visit Oliver's France

It’s a new destination, yet one soaked in history, adventure, and magic. From bustling cities to medieval villages, and so much in between, each of France’s regions has a unique personality. You’ll need to make many trips to explore them all. Oliver’s France will help you do that, with guidebooks, blog posts, language resources, and friendly, experienced help from a long term France resident, K. B. Oliver.

I hope you’ll join me! I’ll do my best to be a helpful tour-guide for your favorite places, and those you’ve never thought about…those off-the-track spots you might not have read about in a tourist book. It’s about discovery…of the magic of France!
The Oldest in France
 
The Oldest in France
Oldest in France  One of the things we love about France and Europe, in general, is the history we see all around us. Many historical events are remembered with the help of the buildings that still stand, giving us the opportunity to view and imagine what it was like. In this post, you’ll have a…
A Tour Through the Luberon: Provence, France
 
A Tour Through the Luberon: Provence, France
When you think of Provence, France, you might think of lavender fields, olive groves, rocky outcrops topped with walled villages. You’re thinking of an area called the Luberon, at the foot of the Luberon mountain range. This area was put on the tourist map by Peter Mayle with his book, A Year in Provence. People…
The Journey of French Cuisine
 
The Journey of French Cuisine
About French Cuisine    (and big news below!) French cuisine is actually made up of many types of cuisine; there are special dishes from every region: Alsace, the Alps region, the Southwest, Brittany, Normandy, the middle (Auvergne, Lyonnais,) as well as Paris. Each region adds special ingredients from that region (cheese from Auvergne or Savoie…