I am often asked why I love France so much. I think I fell in love with the culture, the food and the sites well before my first trip. It was the movies that enraptured me. Take a look at some of these short clips (one TV ad with Catherine Deneuve is fabulous) and you may be hypnotized too. (Note: be sure to turn OFF the mute button so you can hear the soundtrack). Continue reading →
Recently I met with my friend Jan (yes, another Jan) who made her first trip to France this past Fall. I asked her about her trip and the things she learned. Hopefully others will find her insights helpful. Continue reading →
In Provence all of your senses can come alive due to the vast assortment of activities. Here are some of my favourite sites and experiences you should try out: Continue reading →
Provence is a region in the southern part of France covering the area just west of the Rhone River to the Italian border on the east. It is a favourite retreat for those looking for a relaxing vacation and who want some sunshine and warmth. The months May to September have the nicest weather, with July being the driest. You might want to avoid August as it is very crowded, particularly on the auto routes. There can be back to back traffic jams as this is the month the French take their vacations and head south….to Provence and the Mediterranean. But what a great region to explore!
Here are some of my favourite things to do or see in Provence: Continue reading →
Two years ago I spent New Year’s Eve with my friend Laurie in Paris. While some would prefer visiting in the Spring (aka “April in Paris”), winter in Paris can be wonderful. Here are some things to consider: Continue reading →
The first time I stayed in a house and not a hotel in France was in 1978 at a family friend’s place in Gordes, Provence. It gave me a taste of what it was like to really live as a local in a small town where one would walk to the local bakery each morning to pick up a warm baguette. Since then, I have truly appreciated the benefits of renting a home rather than just getting a hotel room. This post covers 10 tips for renting a home in France.
This is the beginning of my Top 100 list of great France experiences. I was only going to do 10, but there were so many to choose from that I decided I would simply list 5 and will keep adding on to the list. So here are 5 that every traveler to France should consider:
Experience #1: Touring many Chateaux In The Loire Valley
1. Touring Many Chateaux In The Loire Valley (and staying in a few). I keep going back to the Loire to see the chateaux. While there are so many, I do love returning to Chateau de Chenonceau, which spans the River Cher. It is the second most visited Chateau in France (after Versailles). I have also been fortunate enough to have stayed in:
- Chateau d’Artigny (in Montbazon and built between 1912-1929)
- Chateau de Chissay (in Chissay-en-Touraine, 13th Century),
- Chateau de Tertres (in Ozain, 19th Century)