Paris Greeters: A Free Walking Tour Worth Taking

Chateau des Ternes, Paris

No matter how many times you visit Paris, you will always discover new sites and learn new things about the “City of Light”. I am a lifelong learner and especially love history. Recently, I took a free Paris Greeters walking tour that uncovered a new part of Paris to me. Paris Greeters is made up of volunteers who take tourists on Paris walking tours. Because I have been to Paris so many times, my challenge to my tour guide was to show me some new things and places. I was not disappointed. Some of the stories I heard were fascinating. Continue reading →

Learning About Paris While You Run: With Paris Running Tours

Place Dauphine,Paris( Photo- J Chung)

When you visit Paris there are many opportunities to see the sites and learn about French history: bus tours, walking tours, and bicycle tours. But what about running through the streets of Paris with a tour guide? Why on earth would one want to do this? What better way to get some mileage in, be challenged to keep up one’s pace, see the sites over a large area of Paris, and hear some good stories along the way! Recently I had the opportunity to do so with Paris Running Tours. Continue reading →

What To Expect When You Take A French Immersion Course In France

Ecole des Trois Ponts

Have you ever considered travelling to France and taking a French immersion course as part of your vacation? I highly recommend you do this. It’s fun. It’s a way to learn a new language or improve your ability to converse with others when travelling. And, it’s good for your brain! I’ve taken French immersion classes in France at three schools. The experiences were vastly different and I can report that in all three cases my French improved. This post is to help you see what you might expect when you take a French immersion course in France. It’s a learning vacation you’ll never forget.
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I’ll Have What He’s Having: One Sip At A Time In Provence

“One Sip At A Time: Learning To Live In Provence” by Keith Van Sickle

Remember the movie, “When Harry Met Sally” and the infamous scene in the deli with Meg Ryan ? Well, to paraphrase a line from this movie, all I can say is:

“I’ll have what he’s having” and “I want to do what he’s doing!”

Who’s the “he”? He is American Keith Van Sickle, who recently published his memoir called, “One Sip At A Time: Learning To Live In Provence”.  After reading it, I want to move to Provence…..NOW.    Continue reading →

4 Lessons Learned The Hard Way In France

4 Lessons Learned The Hard Way

Thank goodness time heals because I can now look back on a couple of mistakes I have made and laugh. They certainly weren’t funny at the time and they were lessons I had to learn the hard way but as a result, I’ll never make those mistakes again.  Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and won’t encounter them when you travel to France. Continue reading →