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Food and France

All of Europe lives on bread, cheese and some form of ham and sausage. So why is it so fantastic in France?  Why is France above the rest?  Pipe down, Italians, you know it’s true (even though I've never had a bad meal in Italy!).  I love focaccia, but who thought of the croissant? No one but the French.  Spain’s mancheca cheese is awesome.  Plus tapas.  But the sheer variety and fancifulness of French food is beyond compare. As for pastries. Sorry Britain, ten types of custard and mince pie is not even on the scale. Germans, you have strudel. Anything else? Not really. Austria has creamy coffee thingies in Vienna. Yes, that counts. But in France we are talking about a country where every single region has...

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Current France Travel Information - Updated 07/01/2020

Traveling to France – Current Info "France will also gradually open its Schengen external borders from July 1st." As of July 1st, visitors from the United States have not been cleared for travel to France. The Schengen zone consists of the 26 countries in Europe that operate as a "borderless" area. Obviously the United States isn't one of them, but we will be included in the countries from July 1st onward that will be able to travel to France. No further information on any precautions or exact dates yet. France will be opening again sooner rather than later - that is the important takeaway.   Check out our Top Five Day Trips from Paris.

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Paris Shopping

Paris, like most European cities, is built around a river.  Ships and barges were the only game in town before rail, plane and car, after all. In Paris, the Left Bank is the funky, perpetually gentrifying part of the city.   The Eiffel Tower is on the Left. The Right Bank is posh.  It's where the Louvre, the Presidential Palace and Champs Elysees is located.  The shopping in Paris reflects that. On the Right Bank you have the Triangle d'Or - the Golden Triangle - where the most famous brands have their flagship stores.   But there are the actual couture ateliers and those require appointments and private guides.  We book that.  Let us know.  Quite different is the shopping...

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French Cafes in the United States

When not serving our amazing customers and helping them plan day trips from Paris and Paris activities - like Normandy D-Day Tours or Provence overnight trips, we like to eat amazing food. Recently, we posted this picture on our Facebook page: It's a picture of the bakery case at Chocolatine, our local French bakery in Thousand Oaks, CA.  When we posted the picture, we asked our followers to name their favorite French bakery in America. Here is a sample: Un je ne sais Quoi in Washington D.C. - Yumminess in the heart of the Capital Essence Bakery in Phoenix -  More of a European fusion place, but looks great. Gaby Et Jules in Pittsburgh, PA - We'll take this quote directly...

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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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