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Christine

Christine

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Expat, writer, dilettante.

Mar222013

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Visiting Mont Sant Michel from Paris

Paris

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With so many easy day trips from Paris, it can be easy to put off visiting Mont Saint-Michel for some other trip.

Mar192013

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Notre Dame’s 850th Anniversary

Paris

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The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is having a big birthday in 2013, and the church has already started hosting celebrations.

Mar192013

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Famous Foods to Try in Bordeaux

Bordeaux

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Bordeaux is of course well known for its wine, but what goes better with a good wine than delicious food? The next time you’re in France, check out Bordeaux’s food scene and try some of these famous foods. (Note: Bordelais/e is the descriptive meaning “of or from Bordeaux.”)

Mar152013

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Grenoble Jazz Festival

France

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Tourists may cite Grenoble’s famous cable cars as the best thing to do in town, but the Grenoble Jazz Festival has been bringing the hottest jazz music to the Rhône-Alpes region of France since 1973, which means it’s top on every cool cat’s list.

Mar132013

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How to Spend One Day in Paris

Paris

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Because Paris is a major transportation hub in Europe, chances are you’ll be passing through the City of Light – and if you do a little finagling, you can spend one unforgettable day there before continuing on your way!

Mar082013

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Romantic Things to Do in Champagne

Champagne

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France is the most romantic country on earth, and Champagne is the most romantic drink, so the next time you and your special someone are planning a vacation, why not combine the two with a weekend getaway out of Paris to the Champagne region, and see what you two can get up to?

Mar052013

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Visiting France with Kids

France

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Visiting France with kids of any age is, simply, a no-brainer, especially if you’re looking for the perfect first-time trip to Europe for them.

Mar042013

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Burgundy Day Trips from Paris

Paris

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Just a day trip away from Paris is a whole other world – one of half-timbered homes, stately villages and one of the oldest wine regions in France. Let’s see just how much you can discover about Burgundy in just one day away from Paris.

Feb282013

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What Not to Do in the French Riviera

French Riviera

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If you’re planning a trip to the French Riviera, chances are you’ve come across dozens of websites and hundreds of pages telling you what to do while you’re there.

Feb262013

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Chamonix

France

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Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc in the French Alps, is a world-renowned ski resort town and one of the top destinations in France for skiers.

Feb262013

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Famous Foods to Try in the French Riviera

Provence

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There is perhaps no greater region to eat in than the French Riviera.

Feb252013

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Drinking Cider in Normandy

Normandy

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Normandy has some incredible sites that are popular with visitors, WWII memorials and Mont St-Michel to name just a couple, but there is a different kind of tourism that has been coming up on an increasing number of vacation radars recently, taking thirsty travelers along the Route du Cidre to taste this region’s favorite beverage along the way. So without further ado, let’s get down to the serious business of drinking cider in Normandy.

Feb212013

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The Best Bookshops in Paris

Paris

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You may have forsaken the printed word for your iPad screen; perhaps the books in your home now serve as doorstops.

Feb192013

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Visiting the Champagne Region from Paris

Paris

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The Champagne Region of France is the perfect side trip for the Paris visitor – different enough to give you a good idea of what’s happening outside of the City of Light, but close enough not to take up precious vacation time getting there and back. Here are some tips for visiting Champagne.

Feb122013

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What Not to Do in Paris

Paris

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Everyone asks what there is to do in Paris, but no one seems to ask what NOT to do!

Feb112013

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Wine Tasting in St-Émilion

Bordeaux

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Saint-Émilion, about 20 miles north of Bordeaux, is where people actually go when they say they’re going wine tasting in Bordeaux. And it’s where you should go, too, the next time you go to France. Here’s why:

Feb072013

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Épernay Travel Guide

Champagne

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Épernay, east of Paris and on the south side of the Parc Naturel régional de la Montagne de Reims, is generally agreed to be the cultural capital of the Champagne region—meaning, it is the epicenter of the world of Champagne. Which is why you need to know as much as possible about how to spend your time there!

Feb052013

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Train Travel in France

France

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Traveling throughout Europe by train is a dream for many travelers, but almost nowhere is it more convenient, comfortable and cost-efficient than in France.

Feb042013

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The Famous Foods of France

France

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France is one of those destinations where the visitor’s list of things to eat is often just as long as the list of things to see. French cuisine is known worldwide; in fact, most modern Western cooking has France to thank for cooking techniques as well as many of its recipes. If you’re looking to get your eat on while visiting France, this is a list of must-try foods that made France famous. Put your eating pants on!

Jan302013

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The Most Beautiful Towns of Provence

Provence

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Many people dream of Provence… except “Provence” isn’t really a place! The region is actually called Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and as its name suggests, it covers a lot of real estate. So when you come to Provence on vacation, you’re going to want to know exactly to go! Hey, why not start with the most beautiful towns?

Jan282013

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How to Make the Most of Your Visit to Notre Dame

Paris

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One of the world’s most famous Catholic churches is on almost everyone’s list of Paris sights – and even if it’s not, it’s unavoidable if you’re crossing the Seine with any regularity.

Jan272013

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Museums in Bordeaux

Bordeaux

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Mention Bordeaux to anyone, and their first thought is wine.

Jan212013

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Paris Cabaret Traditions

Paris

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Documented by the sometimes whimsical paintings of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and continuing to capture our imagination today, the tradition of Paris cabarets dates back to early 1880s, when Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat) opened in the decidedly Bohemian Montmartre neighborhood.

Jan182013

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Christmas Markets in Normandy

Normandy

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any visitors to Paris take short trips to Normandy to see the WWII memorials and battlegrounds, but in December there’s even more reason to head to the region—the Christmas markets of Normandy. Let’s take a look at what awaits children of all ages in the Normandy towns of Rouen and Caen. They’re perfect for a holiday-themed day trip as the cities are walkable from the train station, and give you a good idea of what Christmas is really like for the French once it is stripped of the glitz and glamor of chic Paris.

Jan162013

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Best Places to Go with Kids in the French Riviera

French Riviera

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Many people think of the French Riviera as a glamorous place where movie stars come to see and be seen. But it’s home to thousands of families, and is a much more family-friendly region in general—what with all those beaches and good weather and outdoor living. Let’s take a look at some things you can do with the kiddies while visiting the Côte d’Azur.

Jan072013

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The French Riviera in Winter

French Riviera

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No, you won’t see Beyonce and Jay-Z on a yacht. You won’t be partying with supermodels until dawn at a beachside club.

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