Tours, Gateway to the Loire Valley

Tours, France is often called the Gateway to the Loire Valley, because it’s a great jumping-off point for visiting the many sites along the rich river valley…such as chateaux and vineyards. Despite this ideal centrality, you don’t want to neglect...

Cassis, France: the Petit French Riviera

If you’re hitting the French Riviera but want to avoid the big glitzy destinations, don’t overlook Cassis, France. It’s kind of glitzy in its own way, but on a smaller scale. You can find it just east of Marseille on the...

Aside from Castles, Fun in the Loire Valley

Among travelers familiar with the Loire Valley, the first image that comes to many minds is castles. It’s true that the Loire Valley, just one and a half hours from Paris, is rich with history displayed in sumptuous castles. But...

France Memories

If you’re like me, you’re missing Paris right now. So, I found some images to show you. I hope you enjoy them.  

Go East to Alsace

Alsace is an eastern region of France separated from Germany by the Rhine River. It’s a region unique in its own way. Although it is thoroughly French, it bears outward signs of its nearness to Germany. History, also, ties these...

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!
Tours, Gateway to the Loire Valley
 
Tours, Gateway to the Loire Valley
Tours, France is often called the Gateway to the Loire Valley, because it’s a great jumping-off point for visiting the many sites along the rich river valley…such as chateaux and vineyards. Despite this ideal centrality, you don’t want to neglect visiting this bustling city itself, located between two rivers, the Loire and the Cher. It’s…
Go East to Alsace
 
Go East to Alsace
Alsace is an eastern region of France separated from Germany by the Rhine River. It’s a region unique in its own way. Although it is thoroughly French, it bears outward signs of its nearness to Germany. History, also, ties these two countries together. Alsace-Lorraine has been French since the mid-17th century. However, in 1871 it…
20 Surprising Facts about Paris
 
20 Surprising Facts about Paris
There are many notable and surprising facts about Paris, France. Here is a list of 20 facts that maybe you didn’t know! Why is Paris called the City of Lights? Paris was one of the first cities to have city lighting. Lanterns were used widely on street corners in the 17th century to cut down…

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