Finding Your Happy Place In France

Happy Place: Luxembourg Gardens

Where is your “happy place”? That place that is a retreat from the stresses of work or just life. That place where you can relax, refocus, and recharge (the 3 Rs). By definition, happiness is a state of well being and contentment. My definition of happiness: France. This week I share with you 4 places in France that have brought me great happiness and I suggest how you can find your own happy place in France. Continue reading →

Wine Experiences For The Senses In Paris

Les Caves du Louvre, Paris Wine experiences

At times visiting a museum can be tiring. There is so much to see and that’s primarily what you do: just look and take pictures. But to “experience” a museum using more than one of your senses offers a more unique visit. During my visit to Les Caves du Louvre in Paris  I had this type of experience and it certainly helped me learn more about wine. I then followed it up with a tasting at O Chateau. Both are aimed at informing wine lovers (and novices) about wine: how it’s made and how one tastes wine.

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My Experience Learning French at Ecole des Trois Ponts (France)

Ecole des Trois Ponts France

I wanted to share my posts from a previous blog I had in 2011. I attended the Language and Cooking School in France, Ecole des Trois Ponts in Riorges, France. It is located near Roanne which is west of Lyon. I took language classes in the morning and cooking classes in the afternoon (after doing some homework). Everything—all meals, classes, cooking and interactions—-were done in French. It was one of the best experiences learning French. Continue reading →

Jan’s 5 Favourite France Experiences (Out of 100)

5 Favourite France Experiences

This is the beginning of my Top 100 list of great France experiences. I was only going to do 10, but there were so many to choose from that I decided I would simply list 5 and will keep adding on to the list.  So here are 5 that every traveler to France should consider:

Experience Chateau de Tertres, France.
Chateau de Tertres, France. Photo: J. Chung

Experience #1: Touring many Chateaux In The Loire Valley

1. Touring Many Chateaux In The Loire Valley (and staying in a few). I keep going back to the Loire to see the chateaux. While there are so many, I do love returning to Chateau de Chenonceau, which spans the River Cher. It is the second most visited Chateau in France (after Versailles). I have also been fortunate enough to have stayed in:

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