It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Thank you Charles Dickens for the quote. You must have hiked in the French Alps and experienced what I did. There are two types of experiences when one hikes: one where you are cursing most of the way up or down, and the other where the trek is challenging but doable and you are able to take in all the gorgeous views. Both were encountered during recent hikes in the French Alps and I have some advice if you are thinking about hiking in the area. Continue reading →
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 →
Would you take a risk to have a unique experience? I have had a few travels in France that would have made my parents sick to their stomachs, but I see them as experiences that will forever be memorable.
Isn’t that what we all want from our travels? Unique experiences?
What would you do to get that unique experience? Here’s what I did on two occasions.
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At the beginning of the year I listed some of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 and while it covered the gamut of some foods, sites, and experiences, I didn’t fully delve into the places that I have yet to visit in France. Places that YOU might not have considered either. Although you might have already visited France once or twice, it is a BIG country and there is so much to see. So what other places in France should you see? Continue reading →
I’ll never forget Louie, the head caretaker at the school where I was Principal. He used to always say, as we were heading to a classroom, “You move so quickly. I can never keep up with you!” If Louie saw me today, he still wouldn’t be able to keep up with me. But instead of zipping around a school, I’m running, biking, paddling, hiking or walking long distances in France. I’m an active boomer on a mission. One of the wonderful things about France is that there are so many things to do for the active boomer….or traveller of any age. Continue reading →
At the end of October, I attended my second TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) conference. This one was in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and during my week I was able to infuse a little bit of France into my stay. My website, after all, is about France and I am basically addicted to the country, if one can be addicted to a country. Continue reading →