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 →