France

Shakespeare and Co., Paris

Some travelers scoff at visiting popular attractions, but this attitude often results in missing out on important pieces of history and culture. Take Paris and the well-known Shakespeare and Company bookshop for example. This independent bookstore on Paris’s left bank was originally founded in 1919 by Sylvia Beach, and became a popular gathering space for […]

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Paris Sweet to Savory: Crepes Anyone?

by Honor Dargan on July 13, 2011

cooking-up-a-crepe-storm-in-paris

Shrove Tuesday was a much looked forward to annual event in our house. Dad would make the pancake mix and get the pan greased and ready, then we’d all have a go at making our own. It was messy and great fun. And when we were done we’d squeeze on some lemon juice, add a […]

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Provence at Your Pace: A Driving Tour

by Jessica Colley on July 7, 2011

Road trip in Provence France

Some travelers might be too intimidated to rent a car during international travel, but once you get over those first few nervous minutes (hopefully in a parking lot and not a major highway) the freedom of a car reveals a depth of culture you might not find otherwise. This is true in France, and specifically […]

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Chunnel Speed: London to Paris in 2 Hours

by Jenni Ingersoll on June 29, 2011

When the phone rings at 4:00 am waking you from a sound sleep,  the worst thoughts run through your head.  In the darkness and confusion as my husband answered the phone, I gathered my wits and remembered that we were in a hotel in London.  What was wrong, I wondered?  Were we going to have […]

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Destination Paris: Sacre Coeur

by Christina Uticone on June 27, 2011

Sacre Coeur Basilica

One of the most dramatic views of Paris is that from butte Montmartre at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, better known as Sacre Coeur. Montmartre is a bit quieter and less crowded than other areas of the city, particularly on a weekday. Don’t mistake the more relaxed atmosphere with a lack of energy—Montmartre has […]

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Must-See Paris: The Louvre

by Christina Uticone on June 23, 2011

I.M. Pei Pyramid at The Louvre

A trip to Paris, particularly for first-time visitors, must include a trip to the Louvre. Yes, the Louvre is enormous, and even if you put in a full day you won’t be able to see everything, but it is The Louvre. Each step you take brings you past yet another spectacular masterpiece, and you will […]

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A Different View of Paris: Going Underground

by Honor Dargan on June 21, 2011

A-Display-In-The-Paris-Sewers

The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, museums, culture, gardens, and art. . . and the list goes on. They are, after all, the usual suspects on any visitors list to Paris. And rightly so. In fact, putting Paris and sewers together would seem to be a bit of an oxymoron. But stick with me. […]

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Paris Picnic Spots

by Jessica Colley on June 17, 2011

Paris picnic spots

A trip to Paris must include leisurely lunches in elegant bistros, but after a few days of eating heavy French fare, you might be craving something a little lighter. A picnic is the perfect solution. Not only will you get the chance to stock your picnic basket in local bakeries, but you will also have […]

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Wine Tours in the South of France

by Mary Jo Manzanares on June 8, 2011

Cahors_Chateau wine in southern France

Alcohol and holidays make perfect partners so why not base a whole trip around the lovely stuff? Wine connoisseurs are quick to praise the wine that comes out of the South of France, and with the scenery and weather that is often lacking in the more northerly part of the country, it is the perfect […]

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Jazz French Riviera Style

by Rita Cook on June 3, 2011

Jazz à Juan, vu du ciel, French Riviera jazz

The French Riviera. I don’t need to tell you that it’s one of the most magical places around.  Couple that with any combo of Jazz, good food and wine, and some art thrown in and you’re bound to do just about anything to get there, right?  After all, you will be following a long line […]

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