French Polynesia is paradise

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French Polynesia, or Tahiti as it is also called, is about 17 degrees south of the Equator, half way between California and Australia, in the same time zone as Hawaii and on the same side of the International Dateline as North America. It is comprised of many small islands and atolls stretching over thousands of miles and belongs to France. Bora Bora caters to the rich and famous while Huahine, might be recognized by Captain Cook if he came back […]

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Pipe dreams: on the trail of Maigret’s Paris

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Simenon published his 75 Maigret novels and 28 Maigret short stories between 1931 and 1972; last month ITV broadcast the first of two made-for-TV Maigret movies starring Rowan Atkinson as the chief inspector. And so The Guardian set off to do a little detective work, to discover whether Maigret’s Paris, full of squalid, storied hotels with communal bathrooms, apartment buildings with nosy concierges and, most importantly, characterful regional bistros and hyper-provincial bars, could still be found. Tom Downey made a […]

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Provence: where to stay, eat and drink

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The scented slopes of southeastern France hold a special allure in spring, when the boundless blue skies, wildflower meadows and picturesque villages form the perfect antidote to the long London winter. There are few more idyllic destinations than the chic hilltop retreat of Crillon-le-Brave — and with three weekly Eurostars direct from St Pancras International to nearby Avignon and Marseille, it’s never been so easy to get a taste of la vie en rose. Or rather, la vie en rosé […]

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Did you know? Saint-Véran in the French Alps is the highest commune in Europe

Saint-Veran in the French Alps is the highest commune in all of Europe

Located in the beautiful French Alps, Saint-Véran is the highest commune in all of Europe. It is perched on a flat grassy outcropping above a river valley. The Aigue Blanche river descends from the Queyras mountains on the southeast side and curves around the outskirts of the village property to create a magnificent valley view and feel. Tourists enjoy the village for it’s quaint and authentic vibe, often coming for both hiking and quiet relaxation. The village was at one […]

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Fairytale French Chateaux

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Paris offers all the attractions of a modern metropolis, but it can also be an enchanting experience for a traveler weary of the city’s hustle and bustle to explore the majestic French countryside. A drive or railway trip through the country will allow you to experience all that France has to offer, and historic castles are some of the most popular attractions outside the capital. With dozens of these medieval structures still standing, a vacation in France can also be […]

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Exploring France’s Beaches

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With beach season fast approaching, France’s many coastal getaways are becoming more and more appealing to travelers looking for uniquely beautiful shorelines. Visitors to the region love the sparkling waters and beautiful Mediterranean sunsets along the Côte d’Azur and beyond. Honeymooners, families, and anyone looking for a place to escape to will all find the perfect destination among France’s many beaches. Here are a few of the most beloved beaches in the south of France. Palombaggia Beach Located in lovely […]

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Bastille Day: a primer

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This month, on the 14th of July, the French will celebrate their Fete Nationale, know all over the world as Bastille Day

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French Hiking Adventures

France is renowned for its glittering, culturally rich cities, but its countryside is equally breathtaking. Mountains, beaches, caverns, and forests are all waiting to be explored. This summer, why not avoid the tourist crowd and strike out on a new path? Here are some beautiful hiking trails for anyone who loves a little nature with their culture. The Grande traversée des Alpes françaises This massive trail connects Belgium to the shores of the Mediterranean with a series of 20 km […]

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Explore Outdoor Paris Markets

Foodies rejoice! Summer means the many thriving outdoor markets Paris has to offer are brimming with farm-fresh foods. Covered markets operate all year, whereas open air markets are seasonal and only on certain days, so you have to do a little research in order to catch one. Whatever your taste, there’s sure to be something to please your palate. Of course, shopping and wandering through the busy market crowd is half the fun. Here are some of Paris’s best markets […]

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Fantastic Free Paris Activities

A summer trip to Paris is a dream come true for many people, but a vacation there can certainly add up to a big expense. Have no fear—some of the best things in Paris, as in life, are free, so take advantage of these fantastic free activities to do in Paris while you visit the City of Lights. Notre Dame Cathedral This famous Gothic cathedral is surrounded by lush greenery and gardens, all of which is completely free to visit. […]

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