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Yachting in the French Riviera, 8 Magnificent Ports

Yachting in the French Riviera, 8 Magnificent Ports

For many people, there is no better way to enjoy a vacation than on a boat whether it be sailing, yachting or on a cruise. France is often considered to be the pastime’s epicenter. The French Riviera is home to a multitude of celebrated cities that need to be high on the list of anyone considering taking a boating trip in the area.

If you’re thinking about touring the south of France by sea, here are eight places you can’t miss:

September 9, 2013 | By More
The Whole Fromage, A Tale of French Passion and Delectable Cheeses

The Whole Fromage, A Tale of French Passion and Delectable Cheeses

I’ve been nibbling my way through a recently published book on the fascinating history of cheese in France. The Whole Fromage is an entertaining journey through the French countryside by Author, Kathe Lison, who brings the reader along on her pursuit of the world’s most delectable cheeses.

Born and raised in the cheese-centric state of Wisconsin, you might think that Kathe had a pallet for exotic cheeses from an early age. But like you and me, she was raised on Kraft Mac and Cheese, and considered Babybell rounds in the red mesh bag to be exotic fare. That all changed on a fateful trip to Paris where the world of delectable French cheeses revealed itself.

August 19, 2013 | By More
Guernsey Trip Report – A French Island Paradise in Britain

Guernsey Trip Report – A French Island Paradise in Britain

The lovely island of Guernsey, a unique blend of French and British culture is located in the English Channel, 30 miles off the northwestern coast of France and only a 50-minute flight from London Gatwick. Guernsey is a self-governing British Crown dependency, that has been influenced by nearby France through the centuries. Why am I telling you this? Personally I feel it is this fusion of French and British cultures that makes Guernsey so unique and attractive. The language spoken is English, but there is still a Guernsey patois French spoken by some of the population. You’ll also find the majority of the roads are named in French. Every aspect of island life is a charming Anglo-Franco fusion.

July 2, 2013 | By More
Cooking and Barge Cruising in France, A Perfect Pairing

Cooking and Barge Cruising in France, A Perfect Pairing

One of the most rewarding aspects of barge cruising in France is that you have a chance to experience all the exotic French cuisine along your route. You can go ashore and explore fine restaurants, stop by out-of-the way cafes, and perhaps even learn a few tricks of your own. But what if the fine […]

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A Merry MunchThrough Beautiful Strasbourg – An Alsace Trip Report

A Merry MunchThrough Beautiful Strasbourg – An Alsace Trip Report

I am so happy to be back in Alsace, especially here in Strasbourg. I have not been here since the 90’s when while teaching at Boston Latin Academy, I was part of a French teacher exchange hosted by the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Strasbourg Sister City Association of which I am a trustee. This […]

January 10, 2013 | By | Reply More
Popular Ways For Travellers To Work in France

Popular Ways For Travellers To Work in France

Popular work opportunities in France for adventurous language travellers If you’re travelling to France as a student from an EU country, you will also have the option of finding work while you’re there. All EU nationals can find employment in France and obtain residence permits if needed. You don’t always need an extensive knowledge of […]

November 13, 2012 | By | Reply More
Exploring Top Paris Sites in the Iconic 7th and 8th Arrondissement

Exploring Top Paris Sites in the Iconic 7th and 8th Arrondissement

Paris, often called the City of Lights, has a number of iconic attractions to visit.  The 7th and 8th arrondissement are home to the famous Champs-Élysées, the Invalides as well as the Eiffel Tower. Even if you have already been to Paris once, it is well worth visiting the 7th and 8th arrondissement again.  Here […]

November 8, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Lonely Planet Offers Free “Best of” Travel Apps

Lonely Planet Offers Free “Best of” Travel Apps

All of my favorites are included!  Just in time for the new iPhone 5, free apps for the very ‘best of ‘ are being offered free of charge for Barcelona, London, New York, Paris, and Rome by Lonely Planet, one the most respected travel publishers in the world.  Lonely Planet has earned the reputation of […]

October 4, 2012 | By | Reply More
Paris Cheap Eats – Top 10 Paris Restaurants For A Budget Meal

Paris Cheap Eats – Top 10 Paris Restaurants For A Budget Meal

Top 10 Places To Have Lunch In Paris On A Budget Paris holds a very special place in my heart; the scenery, people and of course the food. Now we all know that a trip to Paris can be expensive. The cost of food on top of the cost of tickets to Paris can add […]

August 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
A Single Traveler’s Guide To Paris

A Single Traveler’s Guide To Paris

The Singles Guide to Surviving Paris, the City of Love It always struck me as particularly one-sided to regard Paris as the domain of lovers, as little more than a love nest with a big tower and lights.  Paris may be the ultimate honeymoon destination, but it is also a haven for singles interested in […]

July 2, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Urban Jungle Adventures – 5 Sizzling City Break Destinations

Urban Jungle Adventures – 5 Sizzling City Break Destinations

Consider a city break this year to make your summer vacation sizzle with exciting activities. Most people travel in summer to get away from it all. They want to be close to nature, by the ocean, or in the mountains, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and modern communications. But while city […]

June 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
Essential Guide To The Best Paris Wine Bars

Essential Guide To The Best Paris Wine Bars

5 Top Wine Bars of Paris Paris is a great hub for a range of clubs and bars. Many Parisians visit local bars and cafes to meet their friends and enjoy the city nightlife. Most of the city monuments and roads remain illuminated throughout the night and many tourists prefer to take part in midnight […]

May 31, 2012 | By | Reply More
Tours Inspired By Your Favorite TV Shows

Tours Inspired By Your Favorite TV Shows

Have you ever watched an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and wished you were sitting in that red Camaro riding along with Guy Fieri, nibbling and chatting your way down the road?  Or perhaps you’ve  watched a PBS special and fantasized about exploring a wilderness region with the host.  Well perk up….  there’s a […]

April 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
World’s 5 Most Awe-inspiring UNESCO Sites

World’s 5 Most Awe-inspiring UNESCO Sites

The UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites now sits at over 900 – but how many are truly awe-inspiring, must-see places to visit before you die? We’ve whittled the list down to just five, ranging from a city carved from rock to a world-famous mausoleum…

January 13, 2012 | By | Reply More
Dining In Paris Gets Even More Exciting During National Food Festival WeekThis Week

Dining In Paris Gets Even More Exciting During National Food Festival WeekThis Week

France is about to launch its very first national food festival. In celebration of the abundance of exquisite local ingredients available throughout France in the fall, restaurants in Paris and all across the country will introduce Restaurant Week menus beginning on September 19th.

September 19, 2011 | By | Reply More
Paris By Pastry – Exquisite Madeleines

Paris By Pastry – Exquisite Madeleines

There are so many iconic French foodie experiences, it’s hard to know where to begin.  Surprisingly it’s often the simplest ingredients executed to perfection that produce the tastes we crave long after returning from a trip to France.  While many famous French confections ooze with butter and sugar, the simple Madeleine is two bites of […]

May 2, 2011 | By | Reply More
Fly To Paris – Get A Free Train Ticket To the French Countryside

Fly To Paris – Get A Free Train Ticket To the French Countryside

Here’s a terrific Spring promotion being offered by Open Skies the all business class airlines.  Purchase an airline ticket from New York or Washington DC to Paris and receive a free connecting train ticket to one of 14 cities throughout France. Here’s your chance to experience the beautiful French countryside with ease, as a private […]

April 20, 2011 | By | Reply More
Favorite Cheap High-Quality Hotels in Top European Cities

Favorite Cheap High-Quality Hotels in Top European Cities

We’ve selected our favorite inexpensive accommodations in three of our favorite European destinations, London, Paris and Budapest to help you stretch your vacation budget. When you think about the term ‘cheap accommodation’, what comes to mind? Visions of dingy shared hostel dorms with iron bunk beds and thirty people to each bathroom? Subsistence meals from […]

January 24, 2011 | By | Reply More
Cupcake Camps – For The Love of a Luscious Little Treat

Cupcake Camps – For The Love of a Luscious Little Treat

The cupcake craze has swept the world faster than tales of Lyndsay Lohan’s latest rehab relapse.  Who could predict when Carrie and Miranda first visited Magnolia Bakery to indulge in cupcakes and gossip, it would start a petite cake renaissance that would reverberate to distant shores and neighborhood stores.  Even the Food Network is pushing […]

August 10, 2010 | By | Reply More
Hotel du Louvre – An Iconic & Affordable Paris Opera Hotel

Hotel du Louvre – An Iconic & Affordable Paris Opera Hotel

When you dream of a trip to Paris, does your hotel have a iconic Haussmann facade, a bustling lobby with sweeping views down broad boulevards, comfortable rooms with plush linens and cream colored marbled baths?  If this sounds like your Parisian fantasy, look no further than the Hotel du Louvre to fulfill your heart’s desire. […]

July 18, 2010 | By | Reply More