Worth a Detour

There are times to go to the big cities and renowned tourist sites. Then there are times to rent a car and wander. If you wander from one small town or village to another, perhaps near a larger city or tourist area, you’ll be amazed at what you may find. This is when you get into real France, meet the local people, sample their lifestyle, and perhaps feel like a local yourself. You’ll taste the culture in an authentic way,…

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A Twist on French Lodging

When it comes to accommodations, let’s think outside the hotel box. If you spend your vacations days on the run and use your hotel only to sleep, they are a good choice. You get exactly what you need, a bed, a shower and possibly some breakfast. But suppose you want a different lodging experience? You have choices in France. Here are some. I’ll cover apartment rentals in another post. Here we’ll talk about gites, villas, and chambre d’hotes. What are…

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French Train Savvy

Traveling by train in France has many advantages. It is the easiest way to travel between large cities. It’s easier and faster to get to stations than airports. There are many ways to get discounts, some very steep, by ordering tickets in advance. Lastly, it can be a pleasant experience just getting where you are going, especially in a comfortable, smooth ride which gives you a glimpse of the passing countryside. Types of Trains There are three main types of…

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Safe Travels

There was a time when safe travel meant getting good drinking water and avoiding pick-pockets. Today it is a concept that pushes deep into our fears and intentions. Do we go? Do we wait? Will we be safe? In the wake of terror attacks across the globe, we consider travel risk in a different way. These questions might graze our minds. In this post I want to address two levels of self-protection: from terrorist attacks, and from ordinary crime. People…

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Real French for Travelers  by K. B. Oliver

Real French for Travelers

When you want to travel, you may reach for a phrase book. Let’s be honest: How likely are you to roll out a French phrase when you need one, and pronounce it correctly? If you are understood, what will you do for the next sentence? It’s simply frustrating. Wouldn’t you rather speak REAL French? With just a bit of regular time and effort, you can learn the basics of the French language, and this will greatly enrich your travels. And…

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Magical Paris: Over 100 Things to Do Across Paris

by K. B. Oliver   Updated and Expanded, with 30 extra pages of things to do across Paris! Paris, France. The dream, the mystique, the magic. It is all that and more. Much more, in fact, than most tourist books will tell you. Whether it’s your first trip or one of a series, you want to see more than unforgettable icons like the Eiffel Tower. This booklet has both, updated information on the places you most want to see, as well…

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