Do you want to see the best Bastille Day fireworks in Normandy? Start planning your trip to Etretat because I don’t think anything can top what I recently saw in this seaside town which is surrounded by some of the most famous falaises (cliffs) in the world. I looked into other places, but I think my plan for enjoying a lovely dinner and seeing impressive fireworks worked out beautifully. If you’re going to celebrate the most important day for France, do it in Etretat.
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.
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.
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.
It’s one of the top tourist destinations in the world and can get crowded and noisy, particularly when you are visiting during high season. So, when you just need a little break and solitude, here are some gardens, courtyards, and parks to visit to get away from the crowds in Paris. My ONE criteria (besides being quiet)? The surroundings had to be beautiful! These 9 places fit the bill.
Forget the fact that he cut off his own ear. Just remember the sunflowers and the other colourful paintings Vincent Van Gogh did. He was a tortured genius and I have learned so much more about the man and artist through the film, “Loving Vincent” and during my visit to two towns in France: Arles and Saint-Remy-de-Provence.
It is in these two towns in particular where you see van Gogh’s paintings come alive in Provence and learn much more about the artist : through the Van Gogh walking route in Arles and the walk from the centre of Saint-Remy to the Saint-Paul asylum (hospital) where Van Gogh admitted himself.
When you visit Paris there are many opportunities to see the sites and learn about French history: bus tours, walking tours, and bicycle tours. But what about running through the streets of Paris with a tour guide? Why on earth would one want to do this? What better way to get some mileage in, be challenged to keep up one’s pace, see the sites over a large area of Paris, and hear some good stories along the way! Recently I had the opportunity to do so with Paris Running Tours.