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Apr 09, 2021

Five Breathtaking Hilltop Villages in Provence's Luberon

These five villages in Provence are listed among France's most beautiful villages - this article shows you why.

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Mar 27, 2021

Nostalgia In Evian-Les-Bains, Where The Belle Epoque Still Lives

Belle Epoque Evian was a much-loved resort for the wealthy - if you're a fan of nostalgia, that Belle Epoque vibe is still there.

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Mar 13, 2021

The Mysterious French Legends of the Luberon, Provence

Love the Luberon? Fascinated by French legends? These are the myths and mysteries behind the Luberon's "perched villages".

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Mar 05, 2021

20 of the Most Beautiful Cities in France (with great urban buzz)

These 20 are among the most beautiful cities in France that pack a punch - urban vibe, energy buzz, cultural hotspots.

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Mar 04, 2021

A Road Trip In France During Covid (Assuming You Live Here, Of Course)

Are you in France right now? During Covid? Here's what it's like to travel here.

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Feb 10, 2021

The Typical Breakfast In France (A REAL Traditional French Breakfast)

The typical breakfast in France may not be what you think. Find out what French breakfasts are REALLY made of.

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Jan 23, 2021

How To Organize Your Loire Valley Day Trip From Paris

Here's how to organize your Loire Valley day trip from Paris, whether by tour, by train or by car.

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Jan 08, 2021

Destination: Department Loire (Not The Loire You Think!)

There are many Loires in France but department Loire 42 may surprise you: renaissance grottoes and unusual museums.

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Jan 02, 2021

The 3 Most Beautiful Cities in France (That Aren't Paris)

Paris is Paris but beyond, these are among the three most beautiful cities in France.

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Dec 19, 2020

Ode To Croix-Rousse, Lyon's Bohemian Silk-Weaving Hill

Croix-Rousse, Lyon, is a neighbourhood that once housed the city's silk weavers and workshops. There's a different feel up here...

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Dec 15, 2020

France Off The Beaten Path: 12 Unexpected Places You May Not Know

France off the beaten path is for those of you who want to visit places most of your friends won't know - here are 12 of them.

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Nov 11, 2020

"Let Them Eat Baguette", Said Marie-Antoinette, Never.

What is it about the baguette in France? Where does it really come from and why do the French love it so?

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Oct 12, 2020

The Art Of Shopping In France Like An Artiste

Shopping in France can be confounding, and what to do or say confusing. This in-depth guide will help you avoid the pitfalls of French shopping.

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Oct 05, 2020

How To Assemble The Perfect French Alpine Cheese Board

French Alpine cheese is perfect for a cheese board: various ages, different textures. Here's how to prepare a perfect cheese tray that will impress.

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Sep 25, 2020

19 Sensational French Christmas Gifts I Found For You Online

Can't come to France right now? No problem. Any one of these French Christmas gifts will remind your loved ones of La Belle France!

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Sep 25, 2020

11 Surprising Christmas Markets In France (Each Is In Some Way Unique)

There are hundreds of Christmas markets in France, but these 11 each have something special that makes them stand out from the rest.

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Aug 28, 2020

The Perfect One-Week French Basque Country Itinerary

You can adapt this one-week French Basque country itinerary to fewer days or even a weekend - and still see plenty.

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Aug 23, 2020

4 Chateaux of Loire Valley: Conspiracy Theories, Lust and Secrets

Behind the facades of the chateaux of Loire Valley lie secrets hidden by centuries of drama and mystery. Here are some of the more remarkable.

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Aug 10, 2020

7 Surprising Basque Products That Are Still Made By Hand

These 7 French Basque products could easily be made by machines, but this ancient land embraces tradition with a vengeance. Here, small is beautiful.

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Aug 08, 2020

23 Attractions That Are Off The Beaten Path In Paris

You could spend a decade exploring what's off the beaten path in Paris, so I've made it easier: here are 23 of the best.

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Jul 25, 2020

A Day In The Life Of Louis XIV, Sun King

Here's what a day in the life of Louis XIV at Versailles was like (he couldn't even go to the bathroom alone).

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Jul 16, 2020

15 Weird French Foods You May Have To Be French To Appreciate

In France we love what some call weird French foods - which to us may not be weird at all. Here are 15 foods you may not have tried.

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Jul 06, 2020

Why Do The French Celebrate Bastille Day on July 14th?

What is the REAL reason the French celebrate Bastille Day? The answer is probably not what you think.

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Jul 01, 2020

Driving Tips In France: Coping With Mercurial French Drivers

These driving tips in France will help boost your driving confidence - but no sugar-coating. I'll tell it like it is.

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Jun 28, 2020

Lyon Murals: Monumental Naïve Art In Public Places

Lyon murals are so dazzling and popular the city is often called the mural capital of the world. Here's why.

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Jun 17, 2020

5-Day Lake Geneva And French Alps Road Trip Itinerary

This 5-day French Alps road trip itinerary will show you both the high points and some offbeat sightseeing ideas.

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Jun 17, 2020

Mysterious Prehistoric Caves: France's Leading Painted Cave Art Sites

If you're fascinated by prehistoric caves, France probably has more than any country (except perhaps Spain). These are the must-sees.

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May 24, 2020

Is This The Last Glove-Maker of Grenoble?

Grenoble was once the world capital of luxury gloves. Today, a single glove maker tries to carry on the tradition. Let's go meet him.

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May 19, 2020

Why Are These Called The Most Beautiful Villages In France?

France has thousands of gorgeous villages - but only 159 can call themselves Most Beautiful Villages in France. Find out which, and why.

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May 10, 2020

The Best France Flea Markets (Or Why We Love Our Brocantes So Much)

France flea markets and antique fairs can be tricky - here, a local gives you tips and tricks to make your flea market experience a memorable one.

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