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

Senior Travel to France

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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April in Paris

Springtime is upon us, which means that there’s no better time of year to enjoy the City of Lights. Strolling tree-lined boulevards is an ideal occupation for locals and travelers alike, and enjoying the romantic atmosphere of the city’s many green spaces is one Parisian activity that is absolutely free. Although the Tuileries and Luxembourg gardens might get all the attention, you can experience Paris in bloom in dozens of smaller gardens off the beaten path. Why fight crowds when […]

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Aquitaine: A Brief History

Church is Sarlat, Perigord, in the Aquitaine region of France.

Our direct ancestor, the Cro-Magnon man -named after a site in the Perigord- testifies to human habitation of what is now Aquitaine going back thousands of years. The caves of Lascaux, in France, contain some of the earliest known representational art, dating to between 17,000 and 15,000 years before the present. Vercingetorix surrenders to Julius Cesar. The Romans conquered “Aquitania” after a bitter fight against the Celts led by Vercingetorix, a local hero. The ensuing Pax Romana allowed the creation, […]

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Valois Dynasty

The Valois Dynasty succeeded the Capetian Dynasty as rulers of France. They were descendants of Charles of Valois, the second son of King Philip III of France. Philippe VI, the Fortunate 1328-1350 Jean II, the Good 1350-1364 Charles V, the Wise 1364-1380 Charles VI, the Well-Beloved 1380-1422 Charles VII, the Victortius 1422-1461 Louis XI 1461-1483 Charles VIII , the Affable 1483-1498 Louis XII, the Father of His People 1498-1515 Fran

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Napoleon III

<!–^~^441|left|Napoleon III^~^–> Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte (April 20, 1808 – January 9, 1873) was the son of King Louis Bonaparte and Queen Hortense de Beauharnais; both monarchs of the Kingdom of Holland. He was elected President (1848-1852) of the Second Republic of France and subsequently Emperor (1852-1870), reigning as Napoleon III (Second French Empire). In a situation that resembles the case of Louis XVIII of France, the numbering of Napoleon’s reign assumes the existence of a legitimate Napoleon II of […]

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Wars of Religion

The religious wars began with overt hostilities in 1562 and lasted until the Edict of Nantes in 1598. It was warfare that devastated a generation, although conducted in rather desultory, inconclusive way. Although religion was certainly the basis for the conflict, it was much more than a confessional dispute. “Une foi, un loi, un roi” (one faith, one law, one king). This traditional saying gives some indication of how the state, society, and religion were all bound up together in […]

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