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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Le droit chemin

One of my favorite memories from my time on the Côte d’Azur was the hiking path along the Mediterranean at Cap d’Antibes. In the 19th century, millionaires built fabulous homes along the coast that ran right down to the water. In the … Continue reading

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C’est le coq du village

I’ve been on an “I’m dreaming of the South of France” kick lately. Villefranche-sur-mer is another sun-drenched Mediterranean village that’s worth checking out. Villefranche is nestled between Nice and Monaco. You can walk from here to Cap Ferrat to see the … Continue reading

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Né sous une bonne étoile

My armchair travels took me back to Mougins today, a town I visited in 2008. Mougins, often considered one of the prettiest villages in the Côte d’Azur, is about 15 minutes north of Cannes. The air is fragranced by pine, … Continue reading

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