Loire…and Peace

What is the Loire Valley known for? When I ask this question to my (adult) French students, many of them exclaim, “Castles!” Others hear the words Loire Valley and draw a blank, unsure of where it is or what it is famous for. By the time you finish this post, you’ll know about castles and many other treasures that could draw you to this central region of France. This post is an overview of the Loire Valley, but future posts…

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Cool Paris

I just thought it would be fun to take a stroll through some of my favorite slightly older photos of Paris. I tried to choose some more unusual viewpoints. Hope you enjoy them! Here’s one that surprised me as much as it probably did you!Park of LaVillette in the 19th district (northeast). This metallic ball is a planetarium.       Look Closely….      Notre Dame Cathedral … notice how clean it is! It took about 2 years to…

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Atlantic Coast Islands: Ile de Ré

If you think French islands, you might think of Guadeloupe or Tahiti. Many French islands can be found in Caribbean or Pacific waters. But did you know there are dozens of islands around the entire coastal outline of mainland France? Two such treasures are Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron, both close to the port city of La Rochelle, on France’s Atlantic coast.  I’ll do a separate post on La Rochelle. For now, we’ll think…. Islands. If you’re in the…

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Coastal Secrets #4: Juan-les-Pins and Antibes

Maybe you’ve heard of Juan-les-Pins…or not…but it has the charm and energy of Nice, its nearby neighbor. It even has a curved beach which hosts many hotels, quite a few of them high-rises on the waterfront. This popular beach town sits just west of Antibes, on the Cap d’Antibes, a rounded peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean, somewhere between Cannes and Nice. The towns of Juan-les-Pins and Antibes are often grouped together on brochures and websites, as if they are one…

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Coastal Secrets #3: Cavalaire-sur-Mer

Like many small beach towns on France’s southern coast, Cavalaire-sur-Mer began as a fishing village. It didn’t achieve tourist status until the 50s, but even today it’s a lesser-known treasure on the Cote d’Azur. This is a place I really liked and would love to go back. Since my first visit I have learned a lot more about things to do there! It’s not far from St. Tropez but the resemblance stops there. Cavalaire-sur-Mer is a delightfully different and down-to-earth…

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