Staying The Night In A Real French Château

Chateau de Chissay

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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 →

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 Most Beautiful Hilltop Village In Provence: Gordes

Gordes France

[Yes, you’ve likely seen this photo many times, but here’s why.] When you are travelling and you return to a place that you love, do you take photos of your favourite spots again and again and again, even though you already have pictures of that place? I do. And where do I return? To this most beautiful hilltop village in Provence: Gordes. Let me share with you some reasons why I love the town so much and why I believe you will want to visit (and revisit) this Provencal town. 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 →