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

Happy New Year! You might be planning (or dreaming about) your trip to France in 2019. I thought it would be a great time to bring up some previous posts you might want to 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 to Dijon, where there’s much…

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Hidden Beaches in Brittany, France

Up on Brittany’s northwest coast, you’ll find one of the most beautiful coastlines in France. The Côte de Granit Rose, or the Pink Granite Coast, is waiting for you, with beaches you may have never heard of. I call them hidden beaches because many people outside of France don’t know about them, but they are very popular with French visitors. To attract you further, these towns and beaches are smaller, cooler, and less crowded than the larger beaches of the…

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St. Malo: A Treasure on the North Coast

St. Malo is an intriguing walled city perched on the northwest coast of France. I’d heard of it for years (people pronounced in French like: Samma-low), and I finally had the chance to go. It faces England across the Channel, and sometimes the winds of the Atlantic will make it chilly, even in summer. Still it is SO worthwhile to visit. It isn’t far from Dinan and Dinard, two nearby towns worth seeing. You can hit all 3 on a…

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Dinan: My Favorite Place in Brittany

If it’s your first visit to France, it might not cross your mind to visit Brittany. Your first trip will likely take you to Paris or Provence. But once you’ve gotten the City lights and the land of olives, basil, and garlic out of your system, you may be ready for a change of pace. There are many rolling hills and peaceful landscapes in Brittany, though my favorite destinations aren’t typically rural. Even here in the midst of this lush,…

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