Hi, France travel fans!

Whether you are planning France travel or not, you can dream, plan, and be inspired by checking out one of many posts to help you do that. Fortunately, many airlines want to promote travel and are waiving fees for changes and cancellations. (What more encouragement do you need?) Take note that if you travel on mileage points, these seats are limited and going quickly.

We know that one day travel will return to normal. We just don’t know when. And it’s beginning to open in small ways. I know several people who have taken trips to Europe already during year two of the pandemic. In the meantime, Oliver’s France will continue to bring you ad-free content twice monthly on travel tips, places to go, and much to do across France.

Book Update

Speaking of travel tips and useful content, here’s an update on my travel books. Usually, I update Magical Paris: Over 100 Things to Do Across Paris every two years. It was scheduled for an update in 2021 and I even had the new cover ready. But as I began researching changes, new hours, prices, etc., I found I couldn’t do the update because so many places in France were either closed or operating with very limited hours due to Covid. In many cases, tickets had to be purchased in advance to even visit (though this is usually always available as an option, which makes it more convenient and sometimes more expensive.)

The same thing was true for A French Garden: The Loire Valley, which I update on alternate years. I anticipate updating both books in 2022, but I’m watching how and when things open in France. Until that time, both books still abound in useful information you won’t find anywhere else, as well as full details on the classic excursions on everyone’s list. Not all the hours and pricing will be up to date, but they will still help you plan and visit.

Course Update: Smaller Versions Available (and discount!)

My full-length online course, Real French for Travelers, has had children! Let me explain. The full course will take you from zero to past tense with 42 video lessons, a complete workbook, and much more. Certain people might want to dip their toes in more gently with, say, just the basics. So, while the full-length course still exists, I’ve also made available two smaller courses: The Foundations of Travel French (Sections 1 thru 3) and Situational Travel French (Sections 4 thru 6.)

The Foundations of Travel French covers the first three sections of the full course, but it is longer than the second half because there are a lot of basics to understand. After taking the first course, if you want to keep going, simply purchase the part 2 course, Situational Travel French. Both courses together are equivalent to the complete course, so you’ll lose nothing in trying Part 1 first. Most of the cheat sheets and vocabulary lists are provided in both smaller courses.

I hope you’ll check them out.

Full Course (Real French for Travelers). And a 20% discount (Use Code: WINTERFRENCH) up until January 31, 2022.

Part One only (Real French for Travelers: Part One Foundations of Travel French) or

Part Two, the continuation (Real French for Travelers: Part Two  Situational Travel French.)

If you’d like to learn some travel French but you’re still unsure if you’re ready to buy a course, all 3 courses give you 2 free lessons each that you can watch.

Lastly, there’s always the free mini-course with greetings and polite expressions. Check it out on this website (scroll down to resources or click the resource tab.)

I hope you’ll comment about your travel experiences, plans, or posts you’d like to see on Oliver’s France. Reading posts regularly will keep you enthusiastic about traveling to France, either sooner or later.

If you are traveling soon or curious about the possibilities, here is an updated article from the French Department of the Interior.


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