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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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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Crème brûlée in '5 of the Best Baked Desserts from Around the World'

Joel Kramer If you were to imagine the best dessert or baked item in the world, then your favourite would likely be very different from your friends and family members. From childhood treats to family recipes, there are many foods that are personal to each individual and this is especially true when it comes to desserts. Sugary, sweet treats hold a lot of nostalgia for most people and often these bakes and desserts use influence from local flavours. A lot of these “desserts” are actually…

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  • Kitty, apologies - I read your message too fast and thought you meant a place for YOU to stay whilst visiting your daughter! Hope she finds somewhere, with Karen's and Amanda's excellent advice. Alternatively there are various English-speaking French forums, where you could post a request e.g. Anglo Info Provence.
  • Hi Kitty,

    It sounds like your daughter is doing a similar teaching program to what I did back in 2000, which was amazing!! I was in Vienne, near Lyon, and was given contact information of one of the teachers in town who helped me find a short-term apartment rental. The high school there also had rooms available for the teachers so definitely have her check with the school and materials she was provided from the program. Bonne chance a votre fille!

  • Kitty:  Your daughter should contact the chamber of commerce in Avignon and see if it knows of any rooms for rent. Next step (and I assume she speaks French) is to talk to everyone (meaning places that sell bread and newspapers) to see if anyone knows of a room to rent for eight months.  The tourist season will be over and people may be more than happy to make some extra income.  Cash talks in Provence.   Keep us posted.  

    OH - ask at the school where she will be teaching. I suspect there may be teachers who might be looking for an apartment mate or parents with a room for rent. 

  • Kitty - my writer for that part of France, recommends the Hotel Boquier -  the link is to the page on my site with all contact details, map and her description.
  • Hi guys,

      My youngest daughter Kristina is going to Avignon, France to teach for about 8 months beginning in latter September. Does anyone have any heads up on a place to stay that is reasonable and walking distance and hopefully to train station. Let me know ASAP. Thanks

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