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Images That Will Make You Want To Visit Provence

We love Provence.  In my dreams I own an apartment in Paris and a house in Provence.  It is such a beautiful region.  Here are a few images to get your travel juices flowing. There are thousands upon thousands of charming streets and homes in Provence.  Just being around them is healing.  This one is in the village of Vence. I know, I know.  It's Provence.  Marseilles. The Mediterranean.  So yes, this should be a picture of a fish dish, but food in Provence is so much more than that!  Fig or raisin bread anyone? Lavender is everywhere in Provence, but to see fields look like this best to be there in June or July. These ocean "valleys" in Provence...

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A few nice moments in Paris...

Some photos of the Paris to enjoy on a Friday afternoon. There are hundreds of cafes like this in Paris.  Sitting and watching the pulse of Paris in one of these chairs is one of the great pleasures of visiting France. Paris street signs are usually embedded on the corner of each building at an intersection.  Just look up! It is a must visit, but be prepared for a crowd.  The Mona Lisa room at the Louvre... Paris is wonderful at Christmas.  Make sure to check out the tree at Galeries Lafayette. I love how the Eiffel Tower looks in black and white.  Try it when you visit Paris. Lastly, our Normandy D'Day tour from Paris was our best selling product...

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The Loire In a Day

by Laura Glendinning   When I was a kid I considered Europe to be a place where knights and damsels and castles were still the way people lived, with some peasants picturesquely gathering wheat in the background of a jousting tournament.  There was definitely a guy with a lute hovering nearby. How that exactly makes sense given you have to take a plane to get there, well, that is kid logic.  The Europeans don’t take planes.  We do! It’s a big Medieval Times restaurant, right? You could just about think that on a trip to the Loire Valley, which has 300 castles scattered over a little over 310 square miles.  Math whizzes will note that’s a castle every square mile...

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Our Top Ten Paris Tips

Fodor's recently released "10 Things You Need to Know Before You Go to Paris". It is a good article. Here is a link to it and a few additional notes from us! 1. Dining - You do not need to tip in a Paris restaurant. Enjoy the freedom of not tipping! It is wonderful once you get used to it. Also, remember this phrase "une carafe d’eau, s'il vous plait". Say that and you'll be getting a carafe of water for free instead of an expensive bottle of Perrier. 2. Getting along with the French - If you speak no French at all, download the Duolingo app (it's free) and learn the "Greetings" lesson in full. A little French does...

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Provence Mon Amour

By Laura Glendinning Before high fashion, multi course meals, political intrigues, grand boulevards and palaces, there was, and always will be, the French countryside.  All French regions claim to be the ultimate countryside experience.  Sorry everyone, but that honor belongs to Provence.  It's the history, the food, the informality.  It's something.  It is Provence. The Basics - Getting to Provence There are numerous ways to get to Provence from Paris. High speed rail from Paris to Avignon or Aix, or a meandering drive from Marseille, or rail from Marseille to an inland city and thence to the wonderful countryside of Provence. Personally, I have flown to London from L.A. (via Air New Zealand, one of the best experiences in the air,...

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