It is interesting scanning some of the France travel forums as I have seen a trend with the advice that is given to people who are looking to travel there. There are hundreds of pieces of advice and much of it centres on what they wish someone had told them before going to Paris. I have often written about the importance of saying “Bonjour” as soon as you enter an establishment. There is a page devoted to “First Time Tips” and I have written a number of posts giving tips that apply not just to Paris, but all of France (10 Dos and Don’ts When In France and Two Common Questions Answered). Here is a list of some of the most common recommendations from travellers and they are spot-on. Continue reading →
Brittany, located in the north-west region of France is the one area which I had never visited, so my recent trip took me there but I only spent 6 days. Only 6 days in Brittany? It worked out well because I only did the central region and I was splitting my 18 day trip into two parts: Brittany and Provence. In this week’s post, I share my itinerary in Brittany and it covers some of my favourite hotels, sights and food finds.
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When I was in Gordes, Provence the very first time in 1978, the Château de Gordes had an art exhibit highlighting the work of Victor Vasarely, the father of “Op Art”. Op art is a form of abstract art where the illusion of movement is created by the combination of geometry, colours and patterns. What results are amazing optical illusions. I bought a print of one of his paintings but I gave it away many years later. I have always regretted this, which is why, I suppose, I returned to see those optical illusions at Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence.
Perhaps I wanted to feel the same joy and excitement that I had during my first trip. But sadly, it was a disappointing visit and not because of the art.
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Sure, you can stay in an ordinary hotel in France, but why not spend the night in a real French château instead? What French castle can you stay in? The good news is: there are many castle hotels to choose from and it won’t cost you and arm and a leg. While some can be very expensive, there are many that are not. Here are some I have stayed in (and paid for by me). [A map with the locations are at the end of this post] Continue reading →
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 →
When you think of the legend of King Arthur, you perhaps think of England, Camelot, knights of the round table, Merlin, and Lancelot. When I visited Le Forêt de Paimpont (Paimpont Forest), recently, I was surprised to learn that King Arthur and the Brocéliande forest legend also exists in France. Continue reading →