Making Sure Your First Airbnb in Normandy Is A Success

My First Airbnb Vacation Rental In Etretat Normandy

I recently enjoyed my first Airbnb in Normandy and I have 3 insights into how you can make sure your stay is a success. I know I lucked out with the house I rented in Etretat. Up until now, I had rented self-catering accommodations via websites like VRBO or through Gites-de-France. But as everyone knows, Airbnbs are becoming so popular so I wanted to try it out.  If you’re heading to Normandy, I would highly recommend you consider renting a place in Etretat.

Continue reading →

Two Of The Best Ways To See The Cliffs At Étretat

Falaise d'Aval Etretat (J. Chung)

To get some spectacular photos of the famous falaises d’Étretat here are two of the best ways to see the cliffs at Étretat: by hiking and by speed boat. This place is truly a photographer’s dream and I actually don’t think you can take a bad photo. For years I had seen pictures of the famous Falaises d’Étretat and thought I’d like to visit one day. That one day came back in July recently and because I was staying in the town for a week, I had the opportunity to gaze at them almost every day. They are just that striking.  Continue reading →

Discover Pont d’Arc By Kayak

kayakers on the Ardeche river

Many times I’ll choose a place to visit in France simply from seeing a beautiful photograph. This has happened with Mont Saint-Michel, Etretat, and recently Pont d’Arc, which is located in the Ardèche department. Pont d’Arc is a 60 metre high natural limestone arch [“pont” means bridge] located in the town of Vallon Pont d’Arc and it is the gateway to the Ardèche canyon. The town is extremely popular with summer vacationers who are looking for water activities. There’s nothing quite like paddling on the Ardèche river under the arch. If you’d like to explore this area, I highly suggest you discover Pont d’Arc by kayak or canoe. I rented a kayak and LOVED it, but I do have some advice. Continue reading →

Where You Can Find Lavender In Provence

Where you can find lavender in Provence

It’s not too late. Go now! RIGHT NOW!  This post will tell you where you can find lavender in Provence because I just got back from France and searched high and low for fields (champs) of lavender during my week in the Vaucluse. I was determined to see fields of lavender so I could take photographs. I’m finding that more and more, I am interested in getting great looking photos from my travels. Sadly, during my trip in early June 2017 I only saw a few sparse rows of lavender by Avignon’s Pont Saint-Bénézet. This is why I returned in 2018. Continue reading →

Visit the abandoned railway in Paris? La Petite Ceinture

Abandoned railway La Petite Ceinture (J. Chung)

Take a look at the photo above. Would YOU really want to visit this place? I was NOT impressed and expected so much more when I recently made the trek to the 20th arrondissement in eastern Paris (Trip #30). So many websites (including the Paris tourism board) were touting this interesting place as an oasis of greenery and nature. So I thought, ”Gee, I better check this out. Sounds like a really unique place to write about.” Unfortunately, when I got to La Petite Ceinture, I felt like I’d wasted my time. While I’ve written this post so you won’t waste your time, this only applies to the entrance that I found. There is a “chance” other sections of La Petite Ceinture might be nicer. The search for better areas will have to come another time. Continue reading →

The Funny Side Of France As Told By David Sedaris

Collection of David Sedaris books

If you’ve got a long journey planned while in France, how will you spend your time? Staring out at the landscape? Talking to your travel partner for hours? Reading? You could do something more studious and listen to French language lessons or French radio. Personally I would much rather hear about the funny side of France as told by David Sedaris. And I don’t care if the French think I’m nuts when they see (and hear) me laugh out loud. Continue reading →