Oui, c'est encore la belle France, from the bright lights of Paris to the rocky shores of Brittany & the chic vibe of the Côte d'Azur -- both deluxe and pas cher.


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5 of the most beautiful beaches in Corsica

  Robert Brands France´s ravishing, rocky island in the Mediterranean (which the French dub l´Île de la Beauté, the Isle of Beauty) is home to some of the sea´s most stunning beaches, ranging from the more developed strands of the south to the wilder northern beaches with few or no amenities. If you´re looking for a beachy getaway next summer - especially one that allows you to combine it with fabulous history, culture, cuisine, and eco opportunities - do give serious consideration to la…

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Provence: lovely hill towns plus beaucoup wine & cheese equal paradise

Victor Block   Naturally we started our trip off with a glass of wine at lunch - after all, it was too late for breakfast…  “Deux verres de vin rouge – um, uh -- pas sec. Un peu…” Finally I just threw my hands in the air and laughed. I meant well but it seemed unfair to make our poor waiter suffer for my lack of fluency with the language. Our waiter obliged with two glasses of wine and a hearty, “Welcome to Provence!" Our first morning, COVID-19 vaccination card in hand, we left to explore…

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Christmas in Colmar, in Alsace-Lorraine

 Europe’s towns and cities famously light up and don holiday finery for Yuletide, but during the Christmas season in Colmar, in northeast France’s Alsace region – already famous for its charming historic quarter, with its cobblestone streets, canals, and half-timbered houses – the displays reach another level entirely, going far beyond lightbulbs adorning the main streets to the façades of the small houses in its old town illuminated in all the colours of the rainbow. The results, as any…

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Marseille & Versailles cited in 'Using Astrology to Plan Travel this Holiday Season'

fshok.com Still vibrant and popular today, the five-thousand-year-old art of astrology can identify, say, business and romantic opportunities or challenges. And those celestial bodies slinking about the stars can also help pinpoint optimal times and places for travel. And since destinations have their own astro-charts -- which interact with yours -- astrology can even serve as a kind of spiritual travel agent. It can tell you, for example, about places likely to be harmonious or challenging…

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  • I'm looking for a few travel agents who specialize in France and hopefully Provence. If that's you or someone you know, please get in touch. It must be someone who sends many clients to France each year and who is really up on what's going on. Many thanks!
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  • New today on the Tripatini blog: a profile of member Monique Wells, owner of Discover Paris. If you'd like to be considered for a member profile, just let us know!
  • I read the blog about France Group member Monique Y. Wells this morning, http://blog.tripatini.com/, and then I visited her Paris Insights website. I used to think that I knew Paris because when I was a schoolteacher I would go there for the entire summer, but now I feel like a newcomer.
  • We finish up the week with an extensive finale to our London Trip Report with side trips to Paris and Bath. Roman ruins, pubs, mummies, and the Mona Lisa are on tap today at The World on Wheels: http://tinyurl.com/2daync3
  • If we are talking about wine tours then we run them in our area. The Lot in sw France is the origin of the malbec grape (not Argentina). We have a dedicated site http://www.winetoursfrance.net/.
    You might be interested to know that there is an annual International Malbec Days event in Cahors this May with over 600 different malbec wines from around the world.
  • Thank you Wink. Karen
  • Karen, sorry I did not see this comment earlier. I run wine tours on request in my specialist areas of Savoie and Jura, however the guides on my website are aimed at independent travellers who want to do a self-guided wine tour using our expert recommendations. I can also tailor-make itineraries based on our guides and my own experience.
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