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Welcome to France

06.20.2014
As a guide, it's fun to introduce people to something they've never experienced before...especially if they're afraid for no good reason....

Tour Time

05.15.2014
For 25 years, I led our tour groups. For the past decade, rather than lead our tours, I actually take them. Each year I sign up (with a...
The Bold and the Cautious: A Debate on Moving Abroad

The Bold and the Cautious: A Debate on Moving Abroad

05.14.2014
Jess went to Beijing without knowing a word of Mandarin, winging it all the way, while Rachel planned and plotted for months before hopping...
A Good Dinner In A Paris Railway Station

A Good Dinner In A Paris Railway Station

04.18.2014
There are twists in lots of dishes -- many of them delightful.

Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: France

04.17.2014
When touring France, it's important to get a balance between Paris and the countryside. Awesome, dominating, endlessly romantic, and thrilling...
Medieval Fortresses of Provence:  One for the Masses, One in the Wild

Medieval Fortresses of Provence: One for the Masses, One in the Wild

04.14.2014
This is a stunning place, with distant views of snow-covered mountains and closer views of the striking cliffs rising from the valley floor....

12 Tips on Getting Around Provence by Car

04.10.2014
Driving around the Provence countryside can be a harrowing experience or a whole lot of fun. It can be expensive or really reasonable....
Luxe Chinese Dining and Blissful Swimming at the Shangri-La Paris

Luxe Chinese Dining and Blissful Swimming at the Shangri-La Paris

04. 8.2014
If you're looking to treat yourself to a Paris luxury hotel but can't make up your mind which one, the Shangri-La's pool could well tip...

Going to Paris? Here Are Three Exhibits You'll Want to See

04. 3.2014
Psst. Please, people. Art in Paris neither starts at the Mona Lisa nor ends in the Louvre.

When You Order at Fanny's, Don't Forget le Fondant Au Chocolat

03.27.2014
Some French chefs study at schools like Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. For others, cooking is a family affair. Fanny Jehanno falls into this...

Planning That Visit to Provence? Look Beyond the Guidebooks

03.13.2014
Putting too much stock in guidebooks limits the serendipity of surprise and the opportunity to slow down and see the roadside flowers....
The 5 Coolest Distilleries in the World

The 5 Coolest Distilleries in the World

03.13.2014
The art of alcohol distillation dates back to some of the earliest civilizations. Today, the practice continues and we highlight some of...

What's New in France in 2014

03. 5.2014
As part of our annual guidebook updating process, we assemble a series of "what's new" articles for each region in Europe. This is the...
Welcome To France's 'Naked City'

Welcome To France's 'Naked City'

02.16.2014
The beautiful French Mediterranean resort town of Cap d'Agde isn't just any other Med resort. Au contraire. Oui, you can frolic in the...