Cruising Down The Seine River In Paris

Cruising on the River Seine in Paris

When you travel to a new city, after a while your feet are tired and you just want to see the sites in a more relaxing way. Cruising down the Seine River in Paris provides you with the perfect opportunity where you can see  so many  famous sites all at once.  Half the city is on the north side of the river and the other half is on the south side.   Continue reading →

36 Hour Stopover In Collioure

Stopover in Collioure: Harbour

A few years ago I was heading from Spain to France. I passed a popular town on the French coast just before I reached Perpignan and always regretted not stopping there. During my last trip, I finally make a stopover in Collioure and am so glad I did. It’s a fishing village on the Mediterranean that is (sorry to use this word but it really does apply) “charming”. But it has more than just “good looks”. Here are some things you might enjoy if you visit (and you should). Continue reading →

France Travel Tips Posts On A Map

Posts on a map

I’ve created a map with (almost) all the villages, towns, and cities that I have visited in France (and just outside of France) with links to the related posts. So if you’re looking to visit a certain area of France and want some ideas on what to do or see, check out the map. I have more than 200 posts and locations identified on the map. Continue reading →

Should You Take The Time To Visit Carcassonne?

Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne: UNESCO World Heritage Site

In last week’s post, I wrote about my search for flamingos and wild Camargue horses near Aigues-Mortes. I really only found the wonderful medieval fortress with ramparts that surround the town. This week I’ll take you on a journey to Carcassonne, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. It is also an enormous fortress located in the Occitanie region of France, 95 kilometres south-east of Toulouse. There is some debate over whether one should even visit. Why? The crowds. The massive crowds. At times it makes visiting….unpleasant. Here’s my take. Continue reading →

Flamingos, Wild Horses and Rediscovering Aigues-Mortes

On the way to Aigues-Mortes

Going back to the great walled fortress of Aigues-Mortes was on my list during my recent trip to the Gard department in the south of France. I hadn’t been there in about 25 years and the trip WOULD have been perfect if I had seen wild Camargue horses and real flamingos. Sadly, it was not to be. I did see (somewhat) wild horses and the medieval town, but I did not see my little pink birds. The closest I got to seeing a flamingo was the sign on a road nearby. But it’s just not the same. C’est dommage (too bad). Continue reading →

Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon And Hamlet

You’re rich and you need your own playground. You want to meet your friends in the countryside, away from the Palace of Versailles. How about if your spouse gives you your own palace and builds you your own village, complete with farm animals?  In 1774 in the park at the Chateau de Versailles, the Petit Trianon was given to The Queen of France, Marie Antoinette (1755-1793). Then in 1783 a picture-perfect rustic retreat was created for her and it was called the Hameau de la Reine (The Queen’s Hamlet). Continue reading →