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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
There you are in a store’s check-out lane and the line is simply not moving because there’s some problem.
- The customer is questioning the price of an item?
- The customer can’t find all the change to pay?
- His Visa credit isn’t accepted, only Mastercard?
Meanwhile, you’re standing there with just one item and you have the exact change to pay, but instead, you wait…and wait…and wait.
We’ve all experienced this: waiting for the person at the front of the line to get their act together. Unfortunately, I’ve BEEN that customer who everyone is mad at….at least in the toll lane in France. Continue reading →
Sometimes you see a photo on the internet or in a magazine and you decide you HAVE to see that place when you visit the city. This was the case for me and my search to see the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) when I was in Paris recently. I say “search’ because upon arriving at what I THOUGHT was the library, I soon discovered I was at the wrong location. In fact, it turns out there are four National Library of France sites in Paris! But my visit wasn’t a total waste. I’ll share two sites worth visiting. Continue reading →
When in Paris, one walks a lot and it’s worth doing as there are so many sites to see. But you can walk down a street and not even realize you’ve passed a historical monument or famous site. I recently discovered that you can see the Bastille fortress—yes, that famous ‘storming of the Bastille’ place—-that made July 14, 1789 famous. I found the remains of the Bastille in the most unlikely places, so if you’re in these four areas, be sure you’re on the lookout for the remnants. You’ll be looking at a little history from 228 years ago. It’s not all rocks, either, particularly at the Bastille Metro where you will see some amazing art (from France’s bicentennial). Continue reading →