Seeing The Tour de France

Tour de France

After all of the doping scandals in the past few years, I think the interest in the Tour de France, the annual bicycle race primarily held in France has waned. While there are still crowds cheering on the riders, especially when they have their final ride down the Champs Elysée in Paris, I have heard comments from locals that it just doesn’t mean a lot to them.

I thought I’d feel the same way until I was in France recently. When I realized I would actually be in the same area as the Tour, I started getting excited. I knew it would be a miracle to actually catch the riders zooming by but thought I would take a chance. I downloaded the map from the Le Tour website and upon my departure from Evian-les-Bains, made my way to the Auvergne-Rhone-Alps area. Continue reading →

Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris: Love It or Leave It?

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton. The shop on the Champs Elysée in Paris is often decorated extravagantly and rightly so. It is known for high priced accessories, leather goods and luggage. But there is also the Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum and cultural centre which opened in Paris in October 2014.

It’s been the talk of the town and I made a short journey there recently to check it out and decide what all the fuss was about. Would I love it or leave it?

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Are You Addicted To Travelling To France?

Addicted France

I know you’re out there. You are addicted to anything about France and your friends and family just roll their eyes every time you say you’re going back. I’m thinking I should start a secret society and the only people who can join are those who love France as much as I do. They LOVE, LOVE, LOVE France and also keep going back.  So how would a person qualify? See how you would by answering these questions.  Discover how addicted you might be and get some ideas for bringing more of “France” into your life!

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Run Drink Eat Run To Le Baron Rouge

Le Baron Rouge oysters

For those who follow my blog, you probably know that I love to run when I am travelling in France. I also love wine. So, I decided to combine the two when I was recently in Paris. I had heard about a great wine bar called, “Le Baron Rouge”. It is located just east of the Bastille and one Sunday morning I decided I wanted to visit this place.  But, I also wanted to get a short run in. What would I do? Have you heard of the movie, “Run, Lola, Run”? This is my version: “Run Drink Eat Run To Le Baron Rouge”. It’s a unique experience I think everyone should try. Let me explain. Continue reading →