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My Favorite Villages in France

Posted on 12. Jan, 2015 by .

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After driving from Monaco to Étretat, and from Carcassonne to Lyon, I think I’m allowed to put on the proverbial France expert hat. I’ve seen my fair share of villages, landmarks and open countryside to know which are worth making a detour for - or as we call it, taking the “scenic route”. And although some […]

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7 French Castles to Make You Feel Like Royalty

Posted on 21. Nov, 2014 by .

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After living in France for almost two years, it’s fair to say I’ve had my fair share of châteaux. From the lavish properties of the Loire Valley to the ruins of the French Riviera, and pretty much everything in between, France doesn’t disappoint in terms of castles. The fact that there are so many – […]

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Open to All Comers — The Ski Slopes of France

Posted on 30. Jun, 2014 by .

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France has some of Europe’s top skiing destinations, mostly because it is where the Alps reach their peak at the summit of Mont Blanc. That said, the French Alps region has plenty of facilities for beginners and professional skiers alike, and you can choose to stay at catered ski chalets in France, a hotel, or […]

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The Best of the Best of Paris

Posted on 27. May, 2014 by .

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The City of Lights has been the object of many, many dreams and reveries over the last century, and even though there are many other vibrant cities in the world to visit, few can boast having Paris’ glamour and joie de vivre. But a city that offers so many different options, and that’s been written […]

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The Best of Alsace - in Photos

Posted on 21. Apr, 2014 by .

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Few places in the world can boast holding such authenticity, history, mixed influences and all-around gorgeousness. Alsace is one of those – the mysterious region north-east of France that was the subject of many fights between Germany and France throughout the centuries, hence its diverse heritage. Between the quaint villages, the scenery, the castles and […]

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The Medieval City of Rouen - In Photos

Posted on 26. Mar, 2014 by .

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I really wasn’t expecting much from Rouen, to be honest. My time in the city served more as a pit stop between my home in Auvergne and the long-awaited coast of Normandy, with very little time left for exploration. I wanted to get to the beach, stat. I was oh so obliviously unaware of the […]

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Contemplating History on the D-Day Beaches

Posted on 06. Mar, 2014 by .

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“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The  hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.  In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, […]

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Little Known Facts About Paris

Little Known Facts About Paris

Posted on 14. Jan, 2014 by .

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I am well aware that Paris travel articles are pretty much the least original thing a travel writer can publish. I have written quite a few myself, and in fact, I feel like there is very little left to say that hasn’t already been said when it comes to the City of Lights. But after […]

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Where to stay in Paris: Hotel Le Five

Posted on 25. Apr, 2013 by .

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Upon my most recent visit to Paris I was lucky enough to be invited by Hotel Le Five to experience one of their famous “scintillating canopy” rooms, I didn’t hesitate for long. My experience with the Elegancia Group had always been outstanding, and I couldn’t wait to find out if this hotel would top the […]

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Is Cassis the best village in France?

Posted on 15. Apr, 2013 by .

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If I were to ask the following question “What makes a village irresistible?”, what would be your answer? Chances are, it would include good food, friendly locals, a beautiful setting and a little je ne sais quoi about the atmosphere.  What more could you want? And as it turns out, when I decided to visit […]

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The Sainte-Chapelle of Paris - in Photos

Posted on 01. Apr, 2013 by .

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The Sainte-Chapelle had been a long standing item on my Paris to-do list, but for some reason, I’d never got around to it. I had deemed Notre-Dame and Sacré-Coeur more worthy of my attention - the former for its free entry, and the latter for the views. It wasn’t until my most recent trip to […]

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Free Things To Do In Paris

25 Odd, Touristy and Free Things To Do In Paris

Posted on 18. Mar, 2013 by .

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Travel is but one of the few expenses that will make you both richer and poorer at the same time. But what if I told you there was a way to avoid the monthly bank statement heart attack? Paris, unlike the rest of its equivalent counterparts, is actually fairly easy to visit on a tight budget, […]

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Things I’m Doing Wrong As An Expat In France

Posted on 13. Mar, 2013 by .

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Anniversaries, whatever the kind, are always a good time to sit back and reflect, reassess the choices we’ve made. What other purpose would they serve, other than be a perfect excuse to buy cake? And as my two year expaniversary (yes, I just made that up) in France approaches, I can’t help but look back […]

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Musée du Louvre: When The Museum Itself Is a Work of Art

Posted on 25. Feb, 2013 by .

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Forget Venus de Milo. Forget the Winged Victory. Hell, forget Mona Lisa. The real star here is the museum. Well, duh? I hear you. What I mean is the actual museum. The pavilions, the moldings, the ceilings, the statues on the outside walls. The abundant use of gold and intricate carving, in an all-around architectural exuberance that only Kings […]

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The gorgeous Normandy cliffs in Étretat

Posted on 21. Jan, 2013 by .

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You know those gorgeous cliffs in Northern France everyone raves about? The ones I added on my bucket list ages ago but never had the courage to drive all the way up there to actually see them? Well, this summer, I did just that. I drove to Normandy, and finally saw these wonders of nature, […]

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