Compiègne: History and Charm an Hour from Paris

Imagine you’ve just spent a few days visiting Paris when you get the urge to get out of the city for a day. You don’t want to go too far, but you’d like to experience a smaller town, yet one with history, beauty, and things to do. You’ll find all of this in the town of Compiègne, about an hour’s drive (or 40 minutes by train) northeast of Paris. You might not have ever heard about it unless you’re a…

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Nice: A Warm Heart in France

Each time you visit a place it sets down new, deeper layers in your soul. My most recent trip to Nice, France, my third, was like this for me. The first two times I’d zipped through like so many tourists do, in a day or an afternoon. This last time I had the opportunity in a long weekend to soak it in, to wander the maze of Italian-flavored streets, their candy-colored buildings towering overhead. Nice is France’s fifth largest city.…

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9 Nitty Gritty Tips for Traveling in France

Last month I published some tips for your next trip, general tips to make your travels more enjoyable. But I’ve just returned from France and want to share nine “nitty gritty” tips, the ones that help you avoid a bump or simply add to your enjoyment. The Monoprix Sac: All over France is a supermarket called Monoprix. It’s a nice, upscale grocery store with clothing and other products as well. At the cash register, you’ll likely see a small bag…

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5 Foods You Must Try in France

When you visit France, there are just some foods you have to eat. It’s like getting your passport stamped when you arrive. Some of these you know instinctively. You may make some of these yourself. But you know they aren’t the same. They aren’t made the same and they don’t taste the same as in-country. Treat yourself to French specialties and discover some new ones you didn’t know you loved! Eating is part of the experience! Crêpes Crepes originally come…

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15 Tips for Your Trip to France

A lot of people write about travel tips for France. Here are some of mine, so you’ll have a smoother experience during your trip to France. I lived for over a decade in this enchanted country so I hope to be a faithful guide for your travels. Whether you are about to take your flight or are planning for the future, keep these things in mind for a more enjoyable journey to France! If possible, don’t only visit Paris. If…

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Hidden Beaches in Brittany, France

Up on Brittany’s northwest coast, you’ll find one of the most beautiful coastlines in France. The Côte de Granit Rose, or the Pink Granite Coast, is waiting for you, with beaches you may have never heard of. I call them hidden beaches because many people outside of France don’t know about them, but they are very popular with French visitors. To attract you further, these towns and beaches are smaller, cooler, and less crowded than the larger beaches of the…

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