Category Archive: France

13 Best European Christmas Markets to See in Your Lifetime

The smell of mulled wine, gingerbread, and roasted chestnuts is in the air at the best European Christmas Markets. Hand-painted ornaments dangle from little wooden huts, scents of sausage waft through the air, and the sounds of carolers and horse carriages clacking on cobblestones fill the old town squares. Europe’s Christmas Markets are magical and …

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The Camargue: France’s Wild West

Close your eyes and picture France. I’d bet scenes of chic Parisians sipping on wine at sidewalk cafes, strolling the banks of the Seine, and biking with baguettes in their basket come to mind. I’m not a gambler, but I’d also bet that what you’d never picture are cowboys, cattle ranches, and bull fighting. But …

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Climbing the Via Ferrata du Pont du Diable

I was about to trust my life to some metal cables anchored to a cliff face high above the Ardeche River. I don’t have a fear of heights – I’ve flown a stunt plane and mastered a knee hang on the flying trapeze this year, after all – but I’d be lying if I didn’t …

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Cannes Day Trip: Île Sainte-Marguerite

Just a 20 minute ferry ride from Cannes, Île Sainte-Marguerite feels about a million miles from the bustling beach clubs and the Promenade de la Croisette. It’s the largest of the Lérins islands, a small archipelago just off Cannes’ coast, and abounds with 152 acres of forest. The island is home to many species of birds, hedgehogs, the Montpellier …

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20 Must-See Landmarks Around the World

From the Hoover Dam to the Hermitage, these 20 must-see landmarks around the world are a dose of travel inspiration. Whenever we travel, no matter to far-flung places or in our own backyard, we’re attracted to the world’s most famous buildings and landmarks. We’ve picked 20 of our favorites from our travels around the world. …

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A Guide to Christmas in Paris

Christmas in Paris is simply magical! Paris at Christmastime is as refined as the city itself. Every corner of every quartier has its own special enchantment from lively outdoor ice skating rinks to the many charming Christmas markets that line the streets and squares. Paris isn’t called the City of Light for nothing, and especially …

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10 Must See Gardens in Europe

It’s #FriFotos again on Twitter. What is #FriFotos all about? Each Friday a popular themed photo sharing hashtag called #FriFotos takes over the Twitterverse. It’s really fun to participate in and you don’t need to be a blogger to take part. This week’s theme is gardens, so just tweet your best garden photos and be …

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Four Tips to Maximize Your Time in Paris

Audrey Hepburn famously said “Paris is always a good idea.” We couldn’t agree more! Like most of our readers who travel when you can get away from work, we’ve also visited Paris on short breaks. Of course, as a first time visitor you want to see it all but that quickly becomes a pretty ambitious …

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The Traveler’s Guide to Short Breaks

Not everyone can travel full time. It may seem like it and some months it certainly feels like it, but we don’t travel full time. We both hold full time jobs; Tim has 30 vacation days per year plus government holidays and I have 5 weeks plus 11 company holidays. We’d love to be able …

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Lorraine American WWII Cemetery and Memorial

I spent some time in southwestern Germany over the last two months. The autumn weather was great with the cool crisp air and the leaves changing color, making it a great time to visit. One day was exceptionally beautiful so I took a drive south into France to visit the Lorraine American WWII Cemetery and …

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