Smart Shopping in Paris

Smart shopping in Paris is easier with a few tips from a long-term resident. Here you’ll find ideas for getting bargains as well as the lowdown on where to shop. Whether or not it’s your first trip to Paris, you might like some tips for your spree. Here is your overview of all kinds of Paris shopping! Shopping Tips First things first. Take a collapsible bag in your suitcase. You’ll be glad you did, to take back the extra baggage…

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The Heart of Central France

We may think that only Paris and the coastal areas of France are of interest, but think again! There’s a lot to see in the heart of Central France, known by the French as “la France profonde”, or deep France. During your road trip toward the coast or Provence, you’ll likely pass some of these towns: Bourges, Montluçon, Limoges, Angoulême, and Poitiers. They make great detours as you cross the center of the country. In this post0, they are arranged…

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French Cheese: A Brief Cheese-Lover’s Guide

What began centuries ago in a French monastery is now one of France’s largest exports and revered by the  French as well. French cheese is one of the country’s notable accomplishments, with over 350 primary types. With all these choices, you’ll probably want a cheese crash course. First, your guide to enjoying cheese (for those who just want to enjoy), then a quick overview for those who want to enjoy and learn more. Practical Guide to Cheese-Eating in France In…

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La Rochelle: Medieval Port on the Atlantic

La Rochelle is a city on France’s west coast, a city whose port was an important trading and fishing center from the 11th to 14th centuries. During this time, the city was protected by towers at the port. Today, you can see and visit these icons of the city. This seaside town has a rich maritime and Huguenot background with museums to suit history-lovers. From La Rochelle hundreds of French immigrants went to Quebec in 17th and 18th centuries. Many…

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Need Ideas for your Trip to France?

Where did summer go? Did you make that trip to France? No? What about next year? Here are some ideas that will get you thinking. And planning. For next year. Or even this fall. Today I’m bringing back some classic Oliver’s France posts that you might not have seen before. After you read a few of them, you’ll be itching to dig out your passport. (Just click on the italicized title to read the post.) So, let’s start in Paris,…

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A Cooking Vacation in France

No one can deny France’s reputation as a food capital of the world, a destination that makes your mouth water in anticipation. When you visit, you may want to include a cooking class in your itinerary. This post will give you several options. First, you can take an individual class during your visit. You could even do several classes on different themes such as pastries, bread, or sauces (or as a package). If cooking is the theme of your vacation,…

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