Wandering Paris: 5 Neighborhoods to Explore

Finally, you can travel to Paris again! Once you’ve seen the icons like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, you might just want to wander aimlessly in some memorable neighborhoods of Paris. Here are 5 of them you’ll enjoy. Some are better known than others, and all hold interesting sites and photo opportunities. There are more things to see and do than mentioned here in each district, or arrondissement, but these will get you started. (Find many more in my…

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A Tour Through the Luberon: Provence, France

When you think of Provence, France, you might think of lavender fields, olive groves, rocky outcrops topped with walled villages. You’re thinking of an area called the Luberon, at the foot of the Luberon mountain range. This area was put on the tourist map by Peter Mayle with his book, A Year in Provence. People discovered the villages of the Luberon area and were enchanted. Pure Provence! Your Itinerary in the Luberon Here is a circuit of 8 towns you…

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Kid-Friendly in Paris

When you travel as a family, you’ll want to know about kid-friendly activities. For your next trip to Paris, Oliver’s France has you covered. (It’s not too early to plan ahead!) Here are 10 ideas to keep your kids happy! (And you, too!) ONE  La Villette  This is the largest and most unusual park inside the Paris city limits. on the far northeast corner. It covers 136 acres and contains 12 different gardens, including a bamboo garden, dune garden, a…

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Brittany Charm: 8 Towns You Must See

If you’re looking for charming villages and memorable places in France, go to Brittany and you’ll never run out. I won’t say these are the best, since dozens will vie for that place. But these are all worth a serious visit! As you may know, Brittany is a large peninsula jutting out from the northwest corner of France into the Atlantic. We’ll see a few of these wonderful spots on the north coast and nearby, then move to the south.…

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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 want to neglect visiting this bustling city itself, located between two rivers, the Loire and the Cher. It’s not far from Paris, so ideal for a side-trip or if you’re arriving at a Paris airport. Take the TGV for about an hour and…

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Cassis, France: the Petit French Riviera

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If you’re hitting the French Riviera but want to avoid the big glitzy destinations, don’t overlook Cassis, France. It’s kind of glitzy in its own way, but on a smaller scale. You can find it just east of Marseille on the southern coast touching the Mediterranean. It’s well-known for wines, beaches, and cliffs called calanques. Nearby is the cozy beach town of La Ciotat and between the two visit-worthy towns is Cap Canaille, the highest coastal point in France, and one…

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