Studying French in France

Everyone knows the best way to learn a language is to live in the country. But maybe you aren’t able to pull up roots and move to France so you can practice with the locals and pick up new vocabulary words on a daily basis. What if you could do this on a short-term basis? A week or two, a summer, a year? You could take a language vacation that enables you to learn French in the mornings then explore…

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A French Festival Near You

Whatever time of year you visit France, there will be a French festival happening somewhere. Even in the dead of winter, you’ll find a festive gathering, such as a music festival or a Christmas market. Here’s a summary of festivals in France throughout the year! Mid-February: If you’re near Nice, check out the Carnaval. If you like over-the-top floats, entertainment, and animation…and crowds, this is for you. Have a look at this video to get the flavor:  http://en.nicecarnaval.com/videos February (2nd…

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Biking in France: A Change of Pace

If biking is a priority in your vacation plans—and even if it normally isn’t—consider renting a bike in France. It’s great to explore in the open air! Why is France an ideal place for bike tourism? Many regions are flat or only slightly hilly. That way, you can enjoy where you are instead of learning gears and struggling up mountains. If you ride only occasionally or you have various biking levels in your group, this will please everyone. There is…

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French Beaches: Roundup

When you think of French beaches, you may think of St. Tropez or Nice. But there are many French beaches that, while popular with the French, aren’t necessarily overrun with tourists and sun-seekers. Crowds are thinner, prices are lower. The whole experience is less competition for beach space and more a peaceful visit full of memories. (and not lacking sun and sand, either!) Oliver’s France has given a glimpse of some of these beaches that aren’t as well-known to tourists…

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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 the smaller, simpler, less pricey and more homey destinations, there is a ski “station”, as they are called, for every taste and budget. If you are in Europe during the snowy months or…

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Three French Christmas Markets: A Video Journey

Come visit three Christmas markets in different regions of France! One of the wonderful things about Christmas in Europe is Christmas Markets. France has its share! Here are three of them, Alsace (the region closest to Germany), Provence (has its own southern style), and Paris. You’ll see some similarities and some differences. Hope you enjoy them. (These are not my own videos, but those of other travelers.) The first Christmas video is in Alsace, home of the most legendary Christmas…

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