News from Oliver’s France

Fresh Ideas for France Travel from Oliver’s France I hope your summer is going even better than you expected, with the Covid reality still with us. Some travel has resumed, but much international travel hasn’t yet. We travelers are impatient and eager to get going, aren’t we? But we sometimes have to wait. However, we won’t be idle as we wait. Oliver’s France won’t be idle, either. In the coming month, I plan to overhaul (and freshen up!) the appearance…

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A Taste of France: Quiche Lorraine

One of the best-known French meals is Quiche Lorraine. It originated in eastern France in the Lorraine region next to Germany. There are many variations of the recipe. Some cooks choose not to add cheese, using only bacon for flavor. I think it’s better with the addition of Gruyère cheese, and most versions do have cheese. The following recipe is based on one from French Country Cooking, by cooking legend, Anne Willan. Ms. Willan, a British American, was the founder…

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Cheaper Ways to Travel to France

It’s never too early to find cheaper ways to travel to France. That means that even if you can’t travel right away due to Corona, you can learn about ways to travel cheaper to France. Maybe you’re not a budget traveler. But if you can save money on your flight, you can spend more on food and excursions. If you are a budget traveler, well, this post is for you. Here are a few tips that can help you save…

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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. Especially now that the Coronavirus has covered the earth and many are scrambling to see if their policies will cover a needed cancelation. Many people will be disappointed since few policies cover this kind of thing (unless you bought “cancel for any reason” insurance, as did one of my French students. She was glad she’d spent the extra money in this case. I…

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St. Malo: A Treasure on the Coast of Brittany

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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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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