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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7 Places in France you Must Visit

Although there are literally hundreds of wonderful places to see in France, here are 7  places in France you must visit. These are world-renowned for a good reason! Find a few here to add to your Must-See Places in France List! Le Mont St. Michel (with a side trip to Dinan) On the border of Brittany and Normandy, there is a gleaming (by night) city that rises like a giant crown out of the English Chanel. You may have seen…

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7 Less Well-Known Museums in Paris Worth your Time

Maybe you’ve already seen the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. You’re in the mood for a different kind of museum. There are many museums in Paris that are less well-known by tourists. These museums are fascinating and memorable and even sometimes “off-the-beaten-track”. (Not much in Paris is!) Here are SEVEN listed by topic along with where to find them ONE: Industry and Progress Musée des Arts et Métiers (3rd) In this museum you can see the history of gadgets and inventions, such…

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Smart Shopping in Paris

Smart shopping in Paris is easier with a few tips from a long-term resident. Here you’ll find ideas for getting bargains as well as the lowdown on where to shop. Whether or not it’s your first trip to Paris, you might like some tips for your spree. Here is your overview of all kinds of Paris shopping! Shopping Tips First things first. Take a collapsible bag in your suitcase. You’ll be glad you did, to take back the extra baggage…

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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 crash course. First, your guide to enjoying cheese (for those who just want to enjoy), then a quick overview for those who want to enjoy and learn more. Practical Guide to Cheese-Eating in France In…

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A Cooking Vacation in France

No one can deny France’s reputation as a food capital of the world, a destination that makes your mouth water in anticipation. When you visit, you may want to include a cooking class in your itinerary. This post will give you several options. First, you can take an individual class during your visit. You could even do several classes on different themes such as pastries, bread, or sauces (or as a package). If cooking is the theme of your vacation,…

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