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Loches & Angers: Two Ends of the Loire Valley

Loches & Angers: Two Ends of the Loire Valley

Today Oliver’s France highlights two towns, Angers and Loches, both in the Loire Valley. You might not have heard much about them but should definitely visit. These two towns lie at opposite ends of the famed valley of Renaissance castles and are vastly different from...

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The Alsace Wine Route

The Alsace Wine Route

The Alsace Wine Route If you like wine, that’s only half the pleasure of following a wine route in of the best-known wine cultivation regions of France. The other half is all about the place itself. Medieval villages with half-timbered houses, lush vineyards and...

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French Castles, Old and New

French Castles, Old and New

Castles Old and New European castles are the stuff of fairytales and fantasies. Maybe that’s why we’re so drawn to them since we’ve grown up with these tales. Kings and queens, battles, court traditions. All over France, you can see these physical remnants of history,...

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Unforgettable Strasbourg

Unforgettable Strasbourg

Unforgettable Strasbourg Strasbourg embodies the old Alsatian culture, which is a curious blend of French and German, yet unique, as well as the cutting-edge vitality of a world-class city. It’s a city of students, international business, tourism, and culture,...

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Featuring Dijon and Bordeaux

Featuring Dijon and Bordeaux

Dijon and Bordeaux In July 2022, I went to France for the first time in 3 years. Despite the heat wave, it was good to be on French soil, my second hometown! This post features visits to Dijon and Bordeaux. Two years ago, when Covid canceled everyone’s plans including...

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Tours, Gateway to the Loire Valley

Tours, Gateway to the Loire Valley

Tours, Gateway to the Loire Valley Tours, France is often called the Gateway to the Loire Valley, because it’s a great jumping-off point for visiting the many sites along the rich river valley…such as chateaux and vineyards. Despite this ideal centrality, you don’t...

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Aside from Castles, Fun in the Loire Valley

Aside from Castles, Fun in the Loire Valley

Among travelers familiar with the Loire Valley, the first image that comes to many minds is castles. It’s true that the Loire Valley, just one and a half hours from Paris, is rich with history displayed in sumptuous castles. But there’s more. Much more. Turn your...

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Go East to Alsace

Go East to Alsace

Alsace is an eastern region of France separated from Germany by the Rhine River. It's a region unique in its own way. Although it is thoroughly French, it bears outward signs of its nearness to Germany. History, also, ties these two countries together. Alsace-Lorraine...

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Ski in France

Ski in France

It’s that time again, time to dig out the skis! Ski in France for a change of scenery! France provides a huge variety of ski experiences with resorts of all sizes, types, pricing, and altitudes. From huge, glamorous resorts spreading out for miles across the Alps to...

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