Where To Charge Your Phone In Paris For Free

One of the places where you can charge your phone in Paris for free--at Gare Saint Lazare (J. Chung)
Dying battery? The sign everyone dreads.
Dying battery? The sign everyone dreads.

Running out of battery power? I could tell you to turn off your smartphone. I could tell you to stop checking your emails. I could tell you to not use Google Maps or any apps that use up power. This is not advice I would follow, so I won’t tell you that. I like using my iPhone to take photos, check the weather, and help me be LESS lost (aka ‘no sense of direction’).  If you need to keep your phone charged during your stay in Paris, there are some easy ways to do so. But more importantly, where can you charge your phone in Paris for free? Continue reading →

How To Have A Less Stressful Departure From Paris

Gare du Nord, Paris

I will never forget our panic when 4 ladies and I headed to Charles de Gaulle airport. We decided we would take the Paris Metro to catch a train to the airport but discovered there was a strike (again, what else is new)  and the Metro to Gare de Nord was affected. Catch a taxi? Good luck in finding one. We eventually did after a lot of searching and panic. This experience taught me that even without a strike, there can be great stress in getting to the airport in the morning to catch a flight. Taxis strike too! So what should you do? Here are my two pieces of advice on how you can have a less stressful departure from Paris: Continue reading →

A House In Provence: La Bastide des Chênes

Town of Gordes which is enroute to my house in Provence: La Bastide des Chenes

Sorry to break the news to you, but sometimes you can’t have everything you want when you are choosing to rent a house in Provence (even if you go over your budget). But if somehow you could come close to getting what you want, wouldn’t that be perfect? What I hope is that this post will give you some things to look for (likes and dislikes)  as you do your research on where to stay in Provence, because I think during one’s lifetime, everyone should stay in Provence, and more specifically, in the Luberon….. for at least a week! Continue reading →

How To Do A Road Trip In France Covering Two Regions

Road trip in France

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You’ve decided to visit France but there are so many interesting regions that you don’t know which to visit and how many to visit.  Once you decide on a few areas, you discover they are incredibly far apart. How do you create a realistic itinerary for your road trip in France that won’t exhaust you? This post will share my answers to these dilemmas as I actually dealt with these questions for the trip I am now on. I spent months agonizing over regions and how to do the perfect road trip in France. Once it’s over, I guess we’ll see how close to perfect it was. Continue reading →