French Architecture: What to Know

When you travel to France, your travel guidebook will often use words such as Renaissance, Neoclassical, or Gothic to describe French architecture. What does it all mean? For this post, I’ll give you an overview of some architectural styles you’ll frequently see in France. Don’t worry, it won’t go too deep into detail. Even if you aren’t drawn by architecture, it can be fascinating to know: how these styles vary from each other, when in history they were popular, and…

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Real French for Travelers Online Course

Real French for Travelers Online Course is finally here! At last, the book that helped many people learn basic French for their trip has been expanded into an online course, complete with all the pronunciation help you need, helpful vocabulary, exercises with answer keys, and more. Traveling in France is much more enjoyable and less intimidating if you know how to navigate basic French as you order in restaurants, ask for directions, get help, read road signs, and much more.…

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Gratin Dauphinois: A French Potato Treat

Here’s another opportunity, with this French Potato Treat, to get in your kitchen and whip up something French since you can’t go just yet. In this post, you’ll learn how to make Gratin Dauphinois, a beloved potato dish known all over France. It’s one of those recipes that has several different versions all over the country. Some have cheese, some don’t, but all are made with heavy cream and a hint of garlic. Are you ready to give this a…

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When Can I Travel to France Again?

As the world slowly unlocks itself after a long, tense period of illness and fear, people wonder, when can I travel again? This year, the travel industry, worth $8 trillion, teetered on collapse as the pandemic forced thousands of would-be travelers to abandon their vacation plans. In March, the U. S. Travel Association predicted nearly 6 million travel-related jobs would be lost in the U. S. and possibly up to 50 million worldwide. Current losses in the industry are well…

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The French People: A Traveler’s Guide

We love traveling to France… picturesque villages, castles. We love the food, the wine. What about the people of France? They are part of the cultural tapestry that is France. Without them, you have buildings and streets, but no life. For decades, Americans have held a stubborn belief that the French dislike them. I’m not sure where this began and how it has persisted. There were periods where we were at odds politically, such as during the Gulf War, but those…

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