Tag Archives: French tourism

Les toilettes publiques

After having traveled to Paris with students a few times, I’ve learned some basic facts. A successful trip requires a decent night’s sleep, tons of crêpes from street vendors, and access to clean toilets – fast. I’m going to share … Continue reading

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Planches pédagogiques

It’s one of the most unusual boutiques I’ve visited anywhere. Since 1831, Deyrolle (46 rue du Bac, 7e) has been selling everything you need to outfit a curio cabinet in the best 19th-century meaning of the word. It was considered … Continue reading

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La Venise verte

A popular vacation destination in western France is le Marais Poitevin. This marshland attracts 650,000 visitors each year. There are 379 square miles to explore with three distinct parts: to the west, there’s an estuary that shelters thousands of migratory … Continue reading

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Faire une croisière

If you’ve been to Paris, you have most certainly seen the tourist boats that ply the waters of the Seine. Whether for a day cruise of the major monuments that dot the quais or a romantic dinner cruise that concludes … Continue reading

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Couper les ponts avec quelqu’un

Strasbourg is one of my favorite cities in France. It’s the largest city in the Alsace region and it has a complicated history of flipping back and forth between France and Germany, which explains the German influence on the architecture … Continue reading

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Lettres de cachet

Yesterday I wrote about Cannes. A magical place just off the coast of Cannes are the Îles de Lérins, a group of four islands. The largest is Sainte-Marguerite; Saint Patrick was a student at the monastery on Saint-Honorat nearby. The … Continue reading

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C’est beau à voir

At Oscar time, it seems appropriate to pay a visit to Saint-Tropez, the playground of film stars and jet-setters. It’s located between Marseilles and Cannes on the Côte d’Azur. In the 15th Century, Saint-Tropez was a military bastion, but by … Continue reading

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