France Travel Tips Experiences On “Touring Bird”—Google’s New Travel Tool

Touring Bird website

One of Google’s experimental workshops, simply named “Area 120”, has recently launched a new travel tool and Paris is one of the 20 top travel destinations to be featured in the initial launch. This travel tool, however, has a twist. It’s not all about booking tours. There are lots of recommendations from locals and experts and one additional benefit that I’ll discuss later in this post. I am happy to announce that after almost 10 months of collaborating with Google, you can now find many of my France Travel Tips experiences on “Touring Bird”. Here’s what it’s about and how you can benefit.

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Lunch with a view of Etretat: Dormy House

Dormy House Restaurant with reasonably-priced lunch with panoramic views of Etretat

When I first arrived in the seaside town of Etretat at my Airbnb, my hostess pointed out a hotel that had exceptional views of the cliffs and the village. She said having lunch or dinner, or even having a drink at the Hotel-Restaurant Dormy House (just around the corner from my house) would be worthwhile. As I wanted to have a meal with views of Etretat, this sounded like the place to go, especially at lunchtime when it would be a bit less expensive. Even though I did not have reservations, I got a table outside, overlooking the sea and town.  Everything was perfect as it was a reasonably priced lunch with a view of Etretat. Continue reading →

Your Guide To Using Lavender and Lavandin Oil

Lavender at the Abbey de Senanque (J. Chung)

When you are in Provence during the lavender season (late June to early August) not all those purple fields may be lavender. There is another plant called lavandin that is a cross between lavender and other species. It is basically a hybrid. When I was in Provence recently, I purchased three small bottles of lavender oil. I plan to give these as gifts to friends or family members. Do they know there’s a difference between lavender and lavandin oil? Will they even know what to do with their gift? Hopefully, after reading this, they will. Continue reading →

Where To See The Best Bastille Day Fireworks In Normandy

Best Bastille Day fireworks in Normandy- Etretat (J. Chung)

Do you want to see the best Bastille Day fireworks in Normandy? Start planning your trip to Etretat because I don’t think anything can top what I recently saw in this seaside town which is surrounded by some of the most famous falaises (cliffs) in the world.  I looked into other places, but I think my plan for enjoying a lovely dinner and seeing impressive fireworks worked out beautifully. If you’re going to celebrate the most important day for France, do it in Etretat. Continue reading →

Timeless French Icon: The Citroën 2CV

Citroen 2CV in Paris-Citroen 2CV

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 →

Your Options If There’s A French Train Strike

Your options if there's a French train strike

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.French train strike

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 →