Visit the abandoned railway in Paris? La Petite Ceinture

Abandoned railway La Petite Ceinture (J. Chung)

Take a look at the photo above. Would YOU really want to visit this place? I was NOT impressed and expected so much more when I recently made the trek to the 20th arrondissement in eastern Paris (Trip #30). So many websites (including the Paris tourism board) were touting this interesting place as an oasis of greenery and nature. So I thought, ”Gee, I better check this out. Sounds like a really unique place to write about.” Unfortunately, when I got to La Petite Ceinture, I felt like I’d wasted my time. While I’ve written this post so you won’t waste your time, this only applies to the entrance that I found. There is a “chance” other sections of La Petite Ceinture might be nicer. The search for better areas will have to come another time. Continue reading →

The Funny Side Of France As Told By David Sedaris

Collection of David Sedaris books

If you’ve got a long journey planned while in France, how will you spend your time? Staring out at the landscape? Talking to your travel partner for hours? Reading? You could do something more studious and listen to French language lessons or French radio. Personally I would much rather hear about the funny side of France as told by David Sedaris. And I don’t care if the French think I’m nuts when they see (and hear) me laugh out loud. Continue reading →

Timeless French Icon: The Citroën 2CV

Citroen 2CV in Paris-Citroen 2CV

What comes to mind when you see a baguette? A croissant? Some Bordeaux wine? A beret? Brie cheese? France, of course! There are so many symbols and items that are associated with France and I chose a timeless French icon: the Citroën 2CV to be in my website’s logo. While the car went out of production in 1990, the Citroën 2CV can still be seen all over France and every time I see it, I love France even more. Continue reading →

Your Options If There’s A French Train Strike

Your options if there's a French train strike

I had it planned to a T. I’d spent countless hours figuring out my itinerary for my upcoming June trip to France with flights booked and accommodations arranged. And then it happened.French train strike

The French rail union announced a national strike. Sadly, strikes are a way of life in France. They happen constantly. As required by French law, the union had to publish when they would be striking and they indicated the specific dates (April 3 to June 28, 2018).  As luck would have it, on the day I planned to arrive, some trains would be cancelled. What was I to do? In this post I’ll share with you the research I did and show you some options if there’s a French train strike during your trip. Continue reading →

Choosing The Favourite Village Of The French In 2018

Choosing The Favourite Village Of The French 2018: Roussillon is on the list

For the past few months throughout France the residents in certain French villages have been jumping for joy. Why? They are now in the running for the next “Le Village Préferé des Francais”. And choosing the favourite village of the French in 2018 is done by millions of television viewers throughout France. Stephane Bern, a well known French journalist and television host, will announce the winner on the annual telecast sometime in June. Continue reading →

My City Hunt With Paris In Action

The City of Paris Museum of Modern Art

“You’ve seen one mountain, you’ve seen them all”. This was said by a 14 year old while travelling in the Canadian Rockies. [Disclosure: that was me]. While Paris is full of historic monuments and museums, I can imagine some people (and especially children) saying something similar as they venture through Paris. Fortunately, there is a way to see the “city of lights” in a way that makes the journey much more interesting (and educational)……by doing a city hunt with Paris In Action. Continue reading →