French Cheese: A Brief Cheese-Lover’s Guide

What began centuries ago in a French monastery is now one of France’s largest exports and revered by the  French as well. French cheese is one of the country’s notable accomplishments, with over 350 primary types. With all these choices, you’ll probably want a cheese crash course. First, your guide to enjoying cheese (for those who just want to enjoy), then a quick overview for those who want to enjoy and learn more. Practical Guide to Cheese-Eating in France In…

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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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15 Things to do in Paris in the Rain

Paris had record rainfall in the month of May this year. The rest of France was not spared, either. I was in the Languedoc region in late May and took my turn dodging raindrops. The weather in Europe can be touchy. Fortunately, the sun shines frequently in the late spring and summer, what do you do in Paris when the météo doesn’t cooperate? Here is a list of 15 things to do when it rains (and I purposely avoided the…

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Marseille and Beyond

Marseille, the third largest city in France (and its oldest city) has a sunbaked maritime atmosphere all its own. It’s true Provence with the sunny charm you’d expect. Marseille is also historic (two millennia), and it’s close by numerous interesting places you can access easily by car or train. Suggestions for a car circuit will follow. If you’re interested in an overview of the city and its history, there is a hop-on-hop-off bus available. The city has a metro system…

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Highlights of Eastern Brittany France

Travel to the northwest corner of France and you’ll encounter Brittany. It is the land mass that reaches out into the Atlantic Ocean and touches the English Channel to the north. This region contains the most westerly towns and coastlines in France. Brittany brims with picturesque towns, untamed coasts, pastoral green fields, and ruins of prehistory. This post will give you a traveling circuit among some of the most interesting places in the eastern part of Brittany. A Touch of…

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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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