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!
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:
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
Freya Stark (1893-1993)
The other day I remarked to someone that I had recently travelled to France alone. This was not the first time that someone (female) responded with astonishment that I could do this, that I had the guts to do this. A woman travelling alone? Yes! I sensed their fear had to do with one or many of the following: Continue reading →