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Provence lavender field on a windy day. Photo by dory1506. Driving or biking through Provence in mid-summer, you’ll see lavender fields of every size and hue. The main growing area is the triangle between Sault, Banon and Sederon,...

You’re finally ready to take your dream trip to Paris. But your best friend can’t get time off work, you are currently sans boyfriend and you want something more authentic than what a group...

Who knew a historic Mississippi River town in America known for its toasted ravioli and Budweiser beer had deep roots in France? Take a good look at the name of the city, however. You Francophiles...

Are you looking for a unique yet quintessential Parisian dining experience, one that offers an exceptionally interesting atmosphere and fascinating history along with classic traditional French cuisine? If so, you should not miss the...

Here in St. Rémy de Provence we used to have a store called Best of British, which sold all sorts of English products such as Walker’s shortbread, Twining’s Tea, marmite and steak-and-kidney pies.  It also...

  The Guide to Lodging in France’s Monasteries Spend a night or a week as a guest at a working monastery and come away filled with the essence of France, its history, art, architecture, and local...

Usually, I write about where I want to eat : which when I’m solo, is in new places, often in the far reaches of the city or suburbs; and when Colette and our oldest...

While it is true that more US and Canadian based cell phones work in France than ever, understanding if yours is one of them is increasingly difficult to figure out. To...

The French don’t wear bérets. T-shirt-wearing Americans do. Sausage-eating Brits do. And some mail-order Russian brides do, but the French don’t wear bérets. They stopped when the first postcard came out of the Eiffel...

The country village of Auvers-sur-Oise on the river Oise is barely 30 kilometers from Paris, an easy day trip by train to see a town that still today resembles the quiet hamlet that lured nineteenth-century artists from Paris to...

Paris shopping on a budget—think it can’t be done? With all those tempting department stores and flagship boutiques from French fashion houses Sonia Rykiel, Chanel, Hermès, et al, you might think not . ....

When it comes to traveling with your kids, there are two predominant schools of thought, both extreme. The first is the "why on earth would I take them with me, when I am taking...