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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20 Packing Tips for Your Trip to France

Great Packing tips and one great freebie for cheap travel everywhere! See the link at the bottom of the post! Before You Pack 1.       Know your airline’s policy about weight and number of bags 2.      Have a list. Believe me, it saves stress. Each time you return from a trip, you’ll be able to revise your list and it gets increasingly helpful! 3.      Think about setting up a small health kit that you can just grab when you’re ready to…

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A French Alps Vacation

If nature is in your soul, the French Alps are your paradise, with unparalleled beauty everywhere you turn. That’s why, for hikers, skiers, climbers, paragliders, campers, and walkers, the French Alps are a top destination and Europe’s highest mountain chain. This is the case in summer as well as winter. If lovely villages with mountain charm are more your speed, there are plenty of those as well. Or bigger towns. Or thermal resorts. The highest mountain in the French Alps,…

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Is Travel Insurance Necessary? (Dull but Important)

This post on travel insurance might be a less exciting topic, but it’ll be worth a look. I never bought travel insurance until just a few days ago. Once I started looking into it, I was surprised and informed by what I found. I always thought that travel insurance was only for medical needs, and I already had insurance, so why did I need it? I realized that my current medical insurance hardly covers anything where I live, so why…

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