10 (or more) Ideas for Your Next Trip to France

Happy New Year! You might need ideas for your next trip to France, since you’re planning (or dreaming about) about it in 2019. I thought it would be a great time to bring up helpful previous posts you might read (or read again) to give you ideas! Here are 10 of them. (Just click on the link!) Eastern and Northern France Try Annecy, with its pristine lake and lovely canals. Annecy, Jewel of the Alps. In the Bourgogne region, head…

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Toulouse: A Pink Jewel in the Southwest

In the southwest of France there’s a happening place… In fact, it’s the 4th largest city in France (but has kept many charming aspects) and has the most booming economy of the country. Where is this city? Toulouse, otherwise known as the Pink City, named for a special rosy-colored terracotta stone used for many of the buildings. Why is Toulouse so popular? The climate is nearly perfect. It’s under 100 miles away from the Mediterranean and not much further from…

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Dordogne: A Southwestern Wonder

Many regions in France are named for rivers or other natural features. Dordogne, a peaceful and wildly beautiful region, is named after the Dordogne River, a tributary from the Gironde River, which flows from Bordeaux and on to Auvergne. My last post covered the beautiful, volcanic region of Auvergne. Now we travel west from the Massif Central mountain range (though still in rugged hill country) and it is there we find ourselves in Dordogne, known to the French as Le…

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Atlantic Coast Islands: Ile d’Oléron

Ile d’Oléron This small island of about 108 square miles off the coast of LaRochelle has had a presence since the 12th century. But like Ile de Re,it has a different rhythm, one that’s designed to recharge your batteries. It, too, is a popular tourist destination, but don’t worry, you won’t be mobbed by happy tourist crowds. The pace is gentle, and it’s all about enjoying yourself. And eating good seafood, of course. You can get there by car, since…

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Atlantic Coast Islands: Ile de Ré

If you think French islands, you might think of Guadeloupe or Tahiti. Many French islands can be found in Caribbean or Pacific waters. But did you know there are dozens of islands around the entire coastal outline of mainland France? Two such treasures are Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron, both close to the port city of La Rochelle, on France’s Atlantic coast.  I’ll do a separate post on La Rochelle. For now, we’ll think…. Islands. If you’re in the…

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