Where is your “happy place”? That place that is a retreat from the stresses of work or just life. That place where you can relax, refocus, and recharge (the 3 Rs). By definition, happiness is a state of well being and contentment. My definition of happiness: France. This week I share with you 4 places in France that have brought me great happiness and I suggest how you can find your own happy place in France.
For many years I’ve disliked Montmartre in Paris: crowds around Sacre Coeur, artists chasing you down to do your portrait in Place du Tertre, hawkers peddling Eiffel tower keychains, and streets filled with flashy souvenir shops. On my 25th trip to Paris my mind actually changed, thanks to the tour I took with Culinary Tours Of Paris.
At times visiting a museum can be tiring. There is so much to see and that’s primarily what you do: just look and take pictures. But to “experience” a museum using more than one of your senses offers a more unique visit. During my visit to Les Caves du Louvre in Paris I had this type of experience and it certainly helped me learn more about wine. I then followed it up with a tasting at O Chateau. Both are aimed at informing wine lovers (and novices) about wine: how it’s made and how one tastes wine.
Let’s Travel Together
Join me while we go camping for the weekend. We’ll sleep in tents, eat dehydrated food, trek many miles through the wilderness, get mosquito bites galore, and get blisters and filthy dirty. Then we’ll come home exhausted.
I wanted to share my posts from a previous blog I had in 2011. I attended the Language and Cooking School in France, Ecole des Trois Ponts in Riorges, France. It is located near Roanne which is west of Lyon. I took language classes in the morning and cooking classes in the afternoon (after doing some homework). Everything—all meals, classes, cooking and interactions—-were done in French. It was one of the best experiences learning French.
Every time I go to France, I see tourists make embarrassing mistakes in dealing with the French and there are some that make me cringe or laugh. Just a forewarning that in the French language there are many double meanings. So, when you go to France, please watch how you handle these situations as some can be very embarrassing.