France

Marseilles: Europe’s Capital of Culture 2013

January 9, 2013
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Those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile know that I visited several cities in the Mediterranean last year. If you were to ask me which one was the biggest surprise to me, I would say Marseilles, France. It was the sleeper hit of the trip for me. Why? Because I had […]

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The Coolest Spot in Cannes

September 5, 2012
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When we think of Cannes, in France, most of us probably think “film festival”.  As it turns out, I was in Cannes just days before the film festival. The entire waterfront area along the Promenade seemed to be under construction, building stages for the “red carpet” entrances, erecting structures on the beach and such. Tourists […]

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Exploring The Champs Elysees

March 15, 2011

A sunny day in Paris is a perfect excuse to explore the Champs Elysees from end to end, which is a little over a mile (an easy walk). It’s a must-do for visitors to Paris, but from the crowds I encountered, it’s a must-do for locals on a Saturday as well. Although the Champs Elysees […]

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Paris Museums and the Solo Traveler

February 8, 2011

One of the most solo-friendly activities during travel is visiting museums.  Unlike bars, people rarely go to museums to socialize; they go to see historical artifacts or works of art and learn something about different cultures.  You’re likely to see other solos wandering around, whether locals or other tourists. And visiting a museum is a […]

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Cruising the Seine

January 28, 2011

One of the richest assets the city of Paris has as a tourist destination is its location on the river Seine.  Aside from the practicalities of being able to transport goods on the river, it makes Paris all kinds of photogenic.  There are bridges criss-crossing the river linking the city’s neighborhoods on either side, and  […]

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A Day Trip to Versailles from Paris

January 21, 2011

If you’re in Paris for a week or more, why not take a day trip to see some sites beyond the City of Lights?  When I was in Paris in November,  I had time for one such day trip.  I chose, as many tourists do, the Palace of Versailles, and I’m so glad I did. […]

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Eating Around Paris

January 14, 2011
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There are many reasons to visit Paris, but let’s face it:  One of the biggest is the reputation of its quality of food.  To hear it told, one has not lived until one has tasted French cuisine.  I can’t help but wonder if people’s perceptions of how great the food is has been influenced by […]

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Review: Hotel le Tourville

January 7, 2011
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“Location is everything”–or so they say.  One of the first lessons I learned during my trip to Paris was that how easily you get along in Paris can be directly relative to where you stay.  Arrondissements (districts) in the center of the city, along the Seine, are closer to tourist sites and easily walkable.  People […]

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Stalking the Eiffel Tower

December 17, 2010

Is it any wonder Paris has always been a dream destination of mine?  It’s got such a romantic allure.  The first thing I always think of when I think of Paris is its most iconic landmark, the magnificent Eiffel Tower, reaching for the sky.  So naturally, the first thing I did when I arrived in […]

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