“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 →
You can take a walking tour, river cruise, or bus tour to see France, but how about another way….by running in France? Let me clarify. I am not suggesting you run AROUND France to see the sites. I am suggesting that if you are looking at travelling to France, that you consider adding in a running race in France….5 km, 10km, half-marathon or even a marathon. Before you say, “I can’t even run 1 mile/kilometre”, I should point out that many races have entries for walkers, so it’s not out of the question.
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Brittany, located in the north-west region of France is the one area which I had never visited, so my recent trip took me there but I only spent 6 days. Only 6 days in Brittany? It worked out well because I only did the central region and I was splitting my 18 day trip into two parts: Brittany and Provence. In this week’s post, I share my itinerary in Brittany and it covers some of my favourite hotels, sights and food finds.
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Sure, you can stay in an ordinary hotel in France, but why not spend the night in a real French château instead? What French castle can you stay in? The good news is: there are many castle hotels to choose from and it won’t cost you and arm and a leg. While some can be very expensive, there are many that are not. Here are some I have stayed in (and paid for by me). [A map with the locations are at the end of this post] Continue reading →
If there is any experience you should try in Provence, it’s this one, Les Féeries du Pont. You’ll never forget it. [ Be sure to see the videos at the end of the post]. Continue reading →
One of the highlights of my recent trip to France had to be attending the Fête de la Transhumance. Think of hundreds if not thousands of sheep heading down the streets of St-Rémy-de-Provence. What a sight! It was also a great opportunity to meet up with author, Keith Van Sickle and his wife Valerie. We had connected months earlier when I did a review of his book, “One Sip At A Time: Learning To Live In Provence” . I wanted to learn more about their life in Provence and find out how they were able to assimilate with the locals. So, we arranged to meet on June 5 just before the herding of the sheep was to begin. Continue reading →