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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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 from a trip, you’ll be able to revise your list and it gets increasingly helpful! 3.      Think about setting up a small health kit that you can just grab when you’re ready to…

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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 it yourself without the help of a tour company First,  Plan your flight or flights Second, book your hotels. Lock these in at least 4 months in advance for the best choices and prices Third, book…

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