Top 4 Haunted Places to Visit in Paris, France

Full moon and gargoyle of Paris

#1: Paris Catacombs Considered one of the most haunted places in the world, the Paris Catacombs are in a labyrinth of human bones. Officials began placing the remains of dead French people here in the late 18th century, and over time, the skulls and bones were rearranged into what is regarded now as an amazing metaphorical work of art. From dozens of youtube videos claiming to capture the ghosts that roam the catacombs to countless articles on ghost legends, this […]

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Celebrating Easter in Paris, France

french-flag-easter-egg

Spring comes early in Paris,France around Easter time with the greenery appearing in parks, on tree lined avenues and gardens. With the cold months of winter ending the Easter holiday season is the perfect time to visit Paris. The Friday before Easter, Good Friday, is not a public holiday so stores, cafes and museums are open although not as busy as a routine Friday. Some Parisians take an extended weekend celebrating the first holiday of the season. The ceremonial Easter […]

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The caves in the Vézère valley (Dordogne) contain the first known art

Cave de Rouffignac

France is well known as a country that has nurtured art throughout its history. A traveler can view and appreciate the art France has to offer in museums such as the Louvre. However a less well known fact is that France has been the venue of some of the world’s oldest art, such as can be found in the caves and shelters in the Dordogne’s Vézère valley. The paintings, some 12,000 years old and more, depict animals such as mammoths, […]

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Four Small Music Venues to Visit in Paris

Autour de midi, Jazz club in Montmartre

If you want to experience the hottest local music when visiting Paris, France, but don’t want to pay a lot for tickets, the four venues below are a traveler’s must! #1: Flèche d’Or – Offering the newest sounds in French independent music, this is an infamous Paris, France venue for open-minded music lovers. It’s located in a transformed train station next to a defunct railway that circles around all of Paris! The tickets pricing is low and the tunes keep […]

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3 ideas of things to do in France that might surprise you

Biarritz Seashore in the summer

Many people express a deep-rooted and fervent longing to travel to France when what they really mean is they dream of going to Paris. If you belong to this group, then you need to know that there is more to France than the Eiffel Tower. Some of the best reasons to travel to France might just shock and confound you. Others will delight you once your dreams are realized. Surfing in Biarritz When you think surfing vacation, France doesn’t usually have quite […]

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France.com turns 20 today!

One of the first screens for nascent France.com circa 1994

France.com was registered 20 years ago today, preceding the births of Internet giants such as  Amazon.com, Ebay, Google, Facebook and Twitter. Starting in 1994, France.com was a pioneer in the use of the Internet for publication: it was the first company to distribute a daily French national newspaper on the Internet (Le Monde); the first to publish an online travel guide to France; the first to create an online hotel booking engine. Its other early innovations include the first viral […]

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A Foodie Trip Through France

Dog, Bret and Baguette

The next time you are thinking about taking a tour, maybe the best idea is to move off the beaten path of museums, palaces, and quaint sights.  Instead let your vacation be ruled by your stomach.  When planning French vacations you can rest assured that there is plenty of wonderful eating to keep you in country for several weeks and that’s if you simply stick to the French restaurants that placed in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Now rest assured, these restaurants […]

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Six popular French holiday season desserts

Buche de Noel, a typical French X Mas dessert

People in France relish the holiday season, and in the weeks leading up to Christmas and following it, you’re apt to come across delicious seasonal desserts.  These include the following: 1) Bûche de Noël (Yule log).  This is a delicious roulade, shaped like a log and traditionally made of sponge cake and chocolate buttercream.  The outer layer of chocolate is often made to look like tree bark.  Other ingredients could include powdered sugar, which makes it seem like it’s been […]

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The Art-Lover’s Tour of France

The Thinker Statue by the French Sculptor Rodin

Certainly, there’s enough fine art in France to cover many and many trips!  You may not consider yourself to be an expert in art, but in planning your next trip to France, you would be remiss in not setting aside some time to feast your eyes on some of the following masterpieces: In southern France, the Musee Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi displays over 1,000 pieces by innovative 19th century artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Housed in a 13th century fortress – a work of art itself […]

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Gascony and the South West, Part 3: Into the Mountains

Prayer area just outside the Grotto in Lourdes

Along the border between France and Spain runs the Pyrenees Mountain range, acting as a natural barrier between the Iberian peninsula and the European continent. From the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean Sea, this mountainous barricade is more than just a line of demarcation between two lands: it’s an area rich with its own unique history, tradition, and – naturally – scenic views. Although the looming peaks of the Pyrenees can often make getting around this area a challenge, […]

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