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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Planning Your Trip to France

Planning and preparing well for your trip to France makes all the difference in maximizing your visit. PLANNING Plan the “skeleton” first. The most time-sensitive tasks, then you can fill in the rest. If you are only just beginning to plan your trip and you’re doing it yourself without the help of a tour company First,  Plan your flight or flights Second, book your hotels. Lock these in at least 4 months in advance for the best choices and prices Third, book…

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Rouen: Gateway to Normandy

If you are heading north from Paris to Normandy, you shouldn’t miss the historic and charming city of Rouen (pronounced Roo-on, with a nasal n.) This mid-sized town sits on the Seine River. Rouen is crisscrossed with medieval streets, dotted with half-timbered houses, and bulging with history and art. By car, you pass it on your way to the D-Day beaches or Normandy beach towns, Le Mont Saint Michel or as you head over to northern Brittany. By train, you can…

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Discovering Lyon

You’ve heard of Lyon, France, and maybe changed trains there. That was my only experience with Lyon, until recently. Many people told me how nice a city it is, how good the food, how much there is to do. I had to visit it for myself. Worth a Visit Lyon is a sprawling city, the third largest in France. There are a half million people, and more in surrounding suburbs. It’s also known as the second gastronomic capital of France,…

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