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...

Brittany Charm: 8 Towns You Must See

If you’re looking for charming villages and memorable places in France, go to Brittany and you’ll never run out. I won’t say these are the best, since dozens will vie for that place. But these are all worth a serious...

Real French for Travelers Online Course

Real French for Travelers Online Course is finally here! At last, the book that helped many people learn basic French for their trip has been expanded into an online course, complete with all the pronunciation help you need, helpful vocabulary,...

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...

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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 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…
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…