When I was a child, my parents took our family to Rochester, New York to visit the Kodak Museum (called the George Eastman Museum). If there was ONE thing that I remember, it was this round cylindrical device that showed moving images. (I’m positive I saw it there!) It was called a Zoetrope and it was invented before “film animation” was created. Since then I have always been intrigued with movie-making, so when I was in France recently, I was able to discover more about the history of cinema at the Lumière Museum in Lyon. Continue reading →
There are around 40,000 restaurants in Paris. 40,000! There are great ones, horrible ones, and some that you’ll never forget. Why will I always remember this little bistro on the right bank that I just happened to come upon? Certainly the food and wine were perfect. And the service was attentive and friendly. But there were a few interesting backstories to restaurant Le Petit Choiseul that had me. Continue reading →
[This post originally appeared in April 2015 and has been updated to include more information for travellers looking for unique experiences while in the Loire Valley. Check out the podcast, “Join Us In France” as I share many of these ideas in Episode #168 called, “Loire Valley Castles You Shouldn’t Skip”].
In the Spring of 2015, my friend Judy joined me in France. After landing in Paris, we headed west to see some truly unique châteaux in the Loire Valley. In 2000, UNESCO designated the Loire Valley (between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes) to be a world heritage site so you know there’s something truly special about the area.
When you visit Paris there are many opportunities to see the sites and learn about French history: bus tours, walking tours, and bicycle tours. But what about running through the streets of Paris with a tour guide? Why on earth would one want to do this? What better way to get some mileage in, be challenged to keep up one’s pace, see the sites over a large area of Paris, and hear some good stories along the way! Recently I had the opportunity to do so with Paris Running Tours. Continue reading →
Have you ever considered travelling to France and taking a French immersion course as part of your vacation? I highly recommend you do this. It’s fun. It’s a way to learn a new language or improve your ability to converse with others when travelling. And, it’s good for your brain! I’ve taken French immersion classes in France at three schools. The experiences were vastly different and I can report that in all three cases my French improved. This post is to help you see what you might expect when you take a French immersion course in France. It’s a learning vacation you’ll never forget.
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It is interesting scanning some of the France travel forums as I have seen a trend with the advice that is given to people who are looking to travel there. There are hundreds of pieces of advice and much of it centres on what they wish someone had told them before going to Paris. I have often written about the importance of saying “Bonjour” as soon as you enter an establishment. There is a page devoted to “First Time Tips” and I have written a number of posts giving tips that apply not just to Paris, but all of France (10 Dos and Don’ts When In France and Two Common Questions Answered). Here is a list of some of the most common recommendations from travellers and they are spot-on. Continue reading →