French Greetings: Free Mini-Course (and other news)

Free French Mini-Course! Bonjour! Maybe you’re planning a trip to France in the future, or maybe you simply love the French language.  There is a special tool I have developed for you. It is the FREE online mini-course called French Greetings and Polite Expressions. Why is that important for you? As you go about your business at home, you probably say things like please, thank you, excuse me, and you’re welcome automatically all day long. But in a foreign country,…

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Adventures on the France-Spain Border

The France side of the France-Spain border might be out of your way, but it’s well worth the detour. In this southwest corner, you’ll discover a wide variety of towns and experiences, from glitzy beaches to pilgrimage sites. Starting in the far southeast corner of this band of land between the two countries, a new trip itinerary awaits you! You can fly into Toulouse and work your way westward in a rental car. Perpignan A mid-sized town on the Spanish…

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French Beaches: Roundup

When you think of French beaches, you may think of St. Tropez or Nice. But there are many French beaches that, while popular with the French, aren’t necessarily overrun with tourists and sun-seekers. Crowds are thinner, prices are lower. The whole experience is less competition for beach space and more a peaceful visit full of memories. (and not lacking sun and sand, either!) Oliver’s France has given a glimpse of some of these beaches that aren’t as well-known to tourists…

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Ski in France

It’s that time again, time to dig out the skis! Ski in France for a change of scenery! France provides a huge variety of ski experiences with resorts of all sizes, types, pricing, and altitudes. From huge, glamorous resorts spreading out for miles across the Alps to the smaller, simpler, less pricey and more homey destinations, there is a ski “station”, as they are called, for every taste and budget. If you are in Europe during the snowy months or…

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Dinan: A Treasure in Brittany

Dinan is my favorite town in Brittany. In fact, it was the first post I wrote for Oliver’s France. Enjoy it again and make plans to go! There are many rolling hills and peaceful landscapes in Brittany. Even here in the midst of this lush, unspoiled land, there are towns that require a visit. Dinan is one of these. It is about 4 hours by train from Paris, and around an hour from St. Malo and Le Mont Saint Michel.…

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5 Foods You Must Try in France

When you visit France, there are just some foods you have to eat. It’s like getting your passport stamped when you arrive. Some of these you know instinctively. You may make some of these yourself. But you know they aren’t the same. They aren’t made the same and they don’t taste the same as in-country. Treat yourself to French specialties and discover some new ones you didn’t know you loved! Eating is part of the experience! (And if you haven’t…

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