Highlights of Montpellier During A 1 Week Stay

La Place de la Comedie, Montpellier

A while ago I wanted to take a French course in the south of France. I was able to spend a week in Montpellier not only taking classes at Accent Francais but also have time to explore the city and do an excursion to the seaside town of Sete——all without a car. I would go back in a heartbeat as Montpellier is a beautiful city that isn’t TOO big. Here are some highlights of Montpellier during my 1 week stay as well as information about my experience at Accent Francais:  Continue reading →

Paris Greeters: A Free Walking Tour Worth Taking

Chateau des Ternes, Paris

No matter how many times you visit Paris, you will always discover new sites and learn new things about the “City of Light”. I am a lifelong learner and especially love history. Recently, I took a free Paris Greeters walking tour that uncovered a new part of Paris to me. Paris Greeters is made up of volunteers who take tourists on Paris walking tours. Because I have been to Paris so many times, my challenge to my tour guide was to show me some new things and places. I was not disappointed. Some of the stories I heard were fascinating. Continue reading →

A House In Provence: La Bastide des Chênes

Town of Gordes which is enroute to my house in Provence: La Bastide des Chenes

Sorry to break the news to you, but sometimes you can’t have everything you want when you are choosing to rent a house in Provence (even if you go over your budget). But if somehow you could come close to getting what you want, wouldn’t that be perfect? What I hope is that this post will give you some things to look for (likes and dislikes)  as you do your research on where to stay in Provence, because I think during one’s lifetime, everyone should stay in Provence, and more specifically, in the Luberon….. for at least a week! Continue reading →

My Big Mistake: Missing Some Of Lyon’s Traboules and Fresques

Lyon's Traboules and Wall Murals are everywhere. Here is the Fresque de Lyonnais (J. Chung)

I recently made a big mistake during my recent trip to France: I missed seeing some of Lyon’s traboules and fresques. And there are many. Lyon has so many hidden passageways (traboules) and wall murals (called fresques or frescoes) that I guess I’m going to have to return. I did, however, see many interesting things like the Lumière Museum, a museum dedicated to the Lumière brothers who brought us cinematography and the Resistance and Deportation Museum in honour of those who fought the resistance against the Nazis and the Jews who were deported to the death camps during WWII. Continue reading →