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France: Cruising on the Canal du Midi

Monsieur Paul Riquet may not be known to many Americans but if you cruise the Canal du Midi once, you will praise him to high heaven. Back in 1666, M. Riquet spent his fortune and left his family in debt for fifty years after his death to build what should be known as an engineering miracle, the Canal du Midi.

The grand scheme that was designed for commerce is now one of the best travel experiences to explore. The canal is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France, just now hitting the traveler’s radar. Read more


France: Burgundy Lives Up to Its Reputation

An April trip to France’s Burgundy region made it clear why more people want to visit France than any other destination in the world. Quite simply, France has been luring visitors from around the world for centuries because this country knows how to make visitors feel welcome.tripadvisor

There is a sentiment in the US that the French don't want us to visit. The ridiculous spectacle of the "Freedom Fries" and the rancor of uninformed Americans at the French opposition to the Iraq War gave some people the impression that it was unpatriotic to visit France -- the country that helped win the American Revolution and gave us the Statue of Liberty! Read more



Touring the South of France: Ancient Bones, Fine Wine and Fairy-Tale Castles

The castle at Carcassonne
The walled city of Carcassonne. photos by Kent St. John.

"Racing around circular stone staircases and wooden tunnels atop the Bastille, envisioning heretics and horsemen attacking from the other side, that really struck a nerve in my travel soul."

Unhurried pleasures and fairy-tale photography await you in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southern France. Benedictine abbeys, medieval castles and Michelin-rated restaurants complement a country rich with bountiful vineyards and boundless hospitality. In Southern France you’re welcome to stay as long as you like... Read more



France’s Rhone Alpes Region: Where Food is King

While so many zip past central France heading north to Paris or south to Provence, the opportunities for a fascinating glimpse into the French lifestyle can be found in the areas of Cote de Rhone, Beaujolais and Drome, all in the Rhone Alpes Region.  

A cafe in Lyons
A cafe in Lyons

The Romans enjoyed the area long ago and for many of the same reasons travelers today will: food, wine and beauty go hand in hand... Read more



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Visiting Normandy: Ancient Cities, Fine Food and Friendly People

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Spring Skiing in the French Alps: Adrenaline with Dividends


Housesitting in Gascony: Feasting and Sightseeing in the Land of D'Artagnan


Strasbourg, France: A City to Enjoy with the Kids


Experiencing the French Alps with All Five Senses


The Champagne Region's Hidden Treasures


A Segway Tour of Paris: Detours You Won't Find in Your Travel Guide


Dijon, France: Full of Kid-Friendly Surprises


Tasting French Champagne: A Transcendent Experience

A Self-Catered Vacation in Tours, France


Centre Loire, France: An Ancient Valley Full of Fascinating People

France 1918-2008: Remembering the American Offensive in World War I


France: Finding Peace on the Cote d'Azure

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Eating the French Countryside: Collecting and Cooking Wild Herbs and Plants

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