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5 Foods You Must Try in France

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...

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French Cheese: A Brief Cheese-Lover’s Guide

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...

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Need Ideas for your Trip to France?

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...

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20 Packing Tips for Your Trip to France

20 Packing Tips for Your Trip to France

Great Packing tips and one great freebie for cheap travel everywhere! See the link at the bottom of the post! Before You Pack 1.       Know your airline’s policy about weight and number of bags 2.      Have a list. Believe me, it saves stress. Each time you return...

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Planning Your Trip to France

Planning Your Trip to France

Planning and preparing well for your trip to France makes all the difference in maximizing your visit. PLANNING Plan the “skeleton” first. The most time-sensitive tasks, then you can fill in the rest. If you are only just beginning to plan your trip and you’re doing...

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10 (or more) Ideas for Your Next Trip to France

10 (or more) Ideas for Your Next Trip to France

Happy New Year! You might need ideas for your next trip to France, since you're planning (or dreaming about) about it in 2019. I thought it would be a great time to bring up helpful previous posts you might read (or read again) to give you ideas! Here are 10 of them....

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What do the French Eat at Christmas?

What do the French Eat at Christmas?

(See holiday recipe below!) The whole world instinctively understands that French cuisine is synonymous with delicious and elegant food. At holiday time, all the stops are pulled and holiday food rises to a new level. Usually, Christmas Eve is a more important time...

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Driving in France: What You Need to Know

Driving in France: What You Need to Know

At some point in your France travels you’ll likely want to rent a car. Driving in France is helpful for getting to those out-of-the-way detours in Brittany or Provence, and you certainly don’t want to miss those. And with a car, you aren’t bound by train schedules, as...

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Living in France

Living in France

Reasons to live in France There are several reasons you might want to live in France for a while. You’ll be in good company: Over 4 million foreigners live there, about 30,000 of whom are Americans, with a third of these in Paris. Your company can transfer you there...

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9 Nitty Gritty Tips for Traveling in France

9 Nitty Gritty Tips for Traveling in France

Last month I published some tips for traveling in France, general tips to make your travels more enjoyable. But I’ve just returned from France and want to share nine more tips, the “nitty gritty” kind that you need to know just when you don't expect it. And these are...

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15 Tips for Your Trip to France

15 Tips for Your Trip to France

A lot of people write about travel tips for your trip to 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...

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