15 Reasons Why You Should Travel To France More Than Once

Rocherfort-en-terre, France

Why should you travel to France more than once? Easy answer: It’s just incredibly beautiful and there is SO much to see and do that you can’t see everything you want in one trip.  It is the world’s top tourist destination with over 84 million visitors and the country has diverse landscapes where you can see sand dunes, mountains, inviting coastlines, picturesque hilltop villages, sculptured gardens, and volcanoes. The list goes on and on. Continue reading →

The Best Value Wine In France? (And A Secret Picnic Spot)

At the Estezargues wine cooperative: Best Value wine in France?

This week Keith Van Sickle, author of One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence, shares his recent discovery in Provence: the best value wine in France (as compared to the “best cheap wine in France”. That just sounds wrong). I reviewed Keith’s book a few months ago and met up with Keith and his wife in Provence last month. Over lunch, which of course included wine, Keith shared his love of wine as well as his knowledge about finding French wines of good value.  After you have read this post you will likely be inclined, like me, to visit Estézargues and stock up on the wines! Continue reading →

Snails In France—-The Ones You Eat

Snails

There’s a decades old story about a snail and a car dealership.

A snail walks into a car dealership and asks the salesperson to paint a large “S” on the back of the car he’s going to buy.
The salesperson asks why.
The snail responds, “So when I drive down the street, people will say, ‘Hey, look at that S-car go!’”

So, on that note, I  thought I would share with you a few anecdotes about eating snails– edible snails (“escargots” in France)–in France so that you really know what you are eating  getting into. Continue reading →