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Entertaining New Book Reveals The Truth About Living in France

Entertaining New Book Reveals The Truth About Living in France

They Eat Horses, Don’t They?… The Truth About the French, is a delightful book examining popular myths about the French.

Who among us hasn’t fantasized about putting life on hold and spending a year or two living in FrancThe Truth About The Frenche? Ahhh, I can imagine it all now; croissants at daybreak, long walks through lavender fields, stopping for a picnic of wine, bread and cheese… But I’m also imagining dealing with the infamous French stand-offish attitude, poor plumbing, and trying to dress with the chic ease of French women. Need I worry about the myths and rumors about quirky French lifestyles or is it all just hooey?

March 11, 2015 | By More
Before You Get Too Old! Five To-Die-For Snowboarding Destinations

Before You Get Too Old! Five To-Die-For Snowboarding Destinations

Five Exhilarating Snowboarding Destinations You’ll Want To Visit At Least Once In Your Life

Every snowboarder has a bucket list as long as their arm of places to ride before they stop shredding forever. However, with many of these “dream” destinations the idea of the place is better than the actual riding to be had. So before you grab your snowboards and head out the door, here are five snowboarding destinations that should be at the top of your list and will NOT disappoint:

October 24, 2014 | By More
Ski Resorts In Europe That Are Perfect For Beginners

Ski Resorts In Europe That Are Perfect For Beginners

Five European ski resorts where beginners can concur the slopes

It can be intimidating to know what to expect on a ski trip to Europe, especially if you’ve never planned one before. If you’re new to skiing, there are lots of resorts overseas that will make you feel comfortable and excited to hit the slopes. Start by picking a resort that suits your needs as a beginner; one with plenty of accessible pistes that match your skiing ability.

Here we’ve chosen a selection of five of Europe’s best ski resorts for beginners, with great facilities and gentle slopes, helping new skiers find their confidence on the slopes.

October 13, 2014 | By More
Favorite Things To Do In Paris For Free – Our Full Fun List

Favorite Things To Do In Paris For Free – Our Full Fun List

Top Free Things To Do In Paris

Paris is one of the most popular capital cities in Europe, drawing travelers from all over the world. It has always been known to be an expensive city, but there are also many things that you can do for free. So steer away from the super chic cafes and designer fashion boutiques and take in some of the many free attractions that define this elegant city. Here’s our list of the best sites and activities that are Free in Paris:

July 21, 2014 | By More
Say It Like You Mean It – With Great New Translation Guides

Say It Like You Mean It – With Great New Translation Guides

Most translation guides will teach you how to say, “No Thank You”, when you REALLY want to say, “Beat It or Piss Off!” I’m thinking of the gypsy’s in Europe here… how many times do I need to say, “no thank you” to the guys trying to sell us a rose at dinner!!!

The new phrasebook translation guides published by Marco Polo have got you covered whether you want to be strictly correct, or express yourself in a more relaxed way.

July 9, 2014 | By More
French Wine Holiday Inspirations

French Wine Holiday Inspirations

French Holiday Ideas For Wine Lovers

If you’re fond of the odd tipple or two, you might want to indulge your passion for spirits by taking a French Wine Holiday. What could be better than the chance to sample local foods and wines in a breathtakingly beautiful part of the French countryside? You don’t have to worry about hours of sightseeing or cycling up the side of a mountain, because wine holidays are all about indulgence.

January 31, 2014 | By More
Where To Find The World’s Best Parties

Where To Find The World’s Best Parties

The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!

Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.

January 14, 2014 | By More
Top Sites For Romance in Paris

Top Sites For Romance in Paris

Best Places For Romance in Paris

Arguably the original ‘city of love’, Paris is synonymous with romantic breaks, and there is no more romantic trip (in theory!) than one’s honeymoon. If you’re planning on celebrating being newlyweds in the French capital, consider checking out these seven top romantic spots for honeymooner or any couple looking for romance.

January 10, 2014 | By More
Beautiful Lyon, Underappreciated Gem of France

Beautiful Lyon, Underappreciated Gem of France

For most travelers, holidaying in France is usually about going to Paris, the Eiffel tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the many museums available in the capital. But if you’re looking for an excellent destination that is off the beaten track, you may want to check out these travel tips for the often underrated Lyon in France.

Designated as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Lyon’s cobblestone streets are at least 2000 years old. Walking along these streets gives an eerie feeling of being transported back in time. But it’s not the history that really makes Lyon such a delight.

December 9, 2013 | By More
Planning an Adventurous Vacation to the OTHER Jersey Shore

Planning an Adventurous Vacation to the OTHER Jersey Shore

You’ve probably heard way too much about the Jersey Shore from the recent US television series, but did you know that there are two Jersey Shores? Let us introduce you to the original Jersey Shore – the largest of the Channel Islands located just offshore from Normandy, France and the southern coast of England. When you plan a holiday to Jersey you’ll find plenty of water sports activities like surfing, wind surfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, sailing, diving and fishing, but what about those who are looking for some adventure on dry land? No worries, there are just as many great activities onshore.

December 4, 2013 | By More
Embracing Solo Travel and Self Discovery By Walking the Camino de Santiago

Embracing Solo Travel and Self Discovery By Walking the Camino de Santiago

I lived the majority of my life in the fast lane. I was born with the type A gene and have tried to harness the energy. In 2006, I took my first “non-business” trip to Europe and rode 2,000 miles on my bike over six weeks. This liberating trip took me through nine countries. In 2008, I heard about the Camino de Santiago, but had a hard time with the slow nature of walking. It seemed like a trip more suited for a type B. After seeing the film “The Way” in 2010, I felt a strong need to try the path someday. In August of 2012, a wild hair twanged and I bought a plane ticket. Three weeks later, I found myself on the French side of the Pyrenees.

November 20, 2013 | By More
Visiting The Enchanted Christmas Markets of Northern France

Visiting The Enchanted Christmas Markets of Northern France

The lovely Christmas markets of Northern France are a great reason to visit this delightful region for a pre-holiday getaway. The markets here have a very special atmosphere and will certainly get you into the Christmas spirit. Of course the shopping is fun with a mix of products you know and love, and some that are more French in flavour. This means you can often find items you won’t see in the UK or elsewhere in Europe . What a great opportunity to purchase some unique gifts for family and friends. Being France you’re of course assured of finding wine, beer, chocolate and cheese at bargain prices.

Here’s a list of a few markets that are close to the car ferry port in Calais so from the minute you arrive on the Dover ferry, you’ll be only a few more minutes from a great shopping experience.

October 28, 2013 | By More
Climbing The Rocky Shores of Imprisoning Isles Off The Coast of Marseilles

Climbing The Rocky Shores of Imprisoning Isles Off The Coast of Marseilles

Four rocky islands sit off the coast of Marseilles’ Old Port, but two in particular have considerable historic appeal. Those familiar with the Count of Monte Cristo will recognize the first worth visiting, Isle d’If, a jutting outpost-turned-19th century prison, where author Alexandre Dumas’ father was once wrongfully imprisoned. The second, Ratonneau, is larger, longer, haunting and beautiful: a nature preserve dotted with forests, coves and wildlife overseen by an old, abandoned hospital on the top of its highest cliffs. These two comprise a memorable day-long escape amidst any tour of southern France, and I recently had the opportunity to experience them for myself.

October 25, 2013 | By More
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 […]

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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 […]

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