Tour France

  • Vernon, France – Not Just a Way Into Giverny

    By Michele Kurlander

    I revisited Giverny last week via the usual train from Paris’ Gare St Lazare to Vernon, and discovered that Claude Monet and the town of Giverny are not the only wonders at the end of the tracks, but that the town of Vernon itself is also worth the trip.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2014 )
  • A visit to the charming Hôpital-Saint-Blaise

    By Loui Franke

    Summer is here with sunny skies and mild temperatures. Many of the courageous among us will be taking up backpacks and begin making their way along one of the ancient pilgrimage routes to Saint Jacques de Compestello. For the less courageous you can travel the backroads of southern France by car to begin this journey and still be able to take in the scenery and discover the history and charm in this part of the world.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 August 2014 )
  • Lyon: Where Emperors Lived

    By Arnie Greenberg

    This beautiful city in France once housed Emperors and famous people. Today it is a UNESCO commercial center. with two flowing rivers passing through hills, cathedrals, beautiful homes and Roman relics. It’s a city made for tourists with wide avenues, parks and squares, top notch restaurants and welcoming hotels.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 March 2014 )
  • Castles in the Air

    By Sue Aran

    The village of Cordes-sur-Ciel, rises 100 meters above the Cérou river valley, in the northwest corner of the Tarn department, 80 kilometers northeast of Toulouse. The two steep, natural limestone cliffs of the Puech de Mordagne peak, upon which Cordes rests, were the perfect building blocks for the first bastide (fortified village), built by Raymond VII, the Count of Toulouse, in 1222, to protect his northern territories.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 February 2014 )
  • Auvillar - Fête des Potiers

    By Sue Aran

    A little over a week ago, 60 potters gathered together for their twenty-first year in Auvillar, one of the plus beaux villages de France, to share their remarkable skills and imagination with the public. The village is situated in the Tarn-et-Garonne départment in the Midi-Pyrénées region of the southwest, a picturesque 45 minute drive from either Agen or Toulouse.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 January 2014 )
  • A Labor of Love - Chateau de Caumale

    By Sue Aran

    Four years ago, while driving through the countryside northeast of my house in Ayzieu, I stopped to photograph a magnificent chateau in complete disrepair in the village of Gabarret-Escalans Prominently displayed on an old, weathered stone gate post was a historical monument designation for the Chateau de Caumale, so I ventured down the long, rutted driveway flanked by enormous dead oak trees.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 January 2014 )
  • St. Cirq-Lapopie, the "Rose in the Night"

    By Sue Aran

    "It was in June 1950, as we rode by car… that I first saw Saint Cirq, blazing with Bengal Fire, like a rose in the night… It was love at first sight… Above any other place in the world, in America or Europe, Saint Cirq is my one place of enchantment… I stopped wanting to be elsewhere."

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 January 2014 )
  • Butte-aux-Cailles

    By Loui Franke

    Are you looking for a part of Paris that lacks chain stores, still has cobblestone streets and has maintained that old world Paris ambiance? If so, I suggest that you spend a day wandering the Butte-aux-Cailles district of Paris in the 13th arrondissement.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 July 2013 )
  • Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Next Trip to Paris

    By Pascale Bernasse

    Check your passport.  Make sure your passport is valid until at least 6 months after you arrive in France. Persons with passports expiring within 6 months of the date of arrival in a foreign country can be denied entry to that country.  Better be on the safe side!

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 July 2013 )
  • The Haute Savoie

    By Arnie Greenberg

    I’m sure they meant ’holly molly’ but French is French and this placard sums up the whole region. The Haute Savoie is in the Alps, not far from Switzerland or Albertville where the winter Olympics were once held.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 28 June 2013 )
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