France

Walking tour of a medieval jewel at Perouges, France

Perouges, France is one of those beautiful places that make you come to Europe and to France in particular. A small medieval village perched up on top of a hill, Perouges is a perfectly preserved medieval jewel. Perouges is one of the places that make you stop and say: “This is why I love coming to Europe and visit. You would never find anything like this in America.” Read on to see what I loved about Perouges.

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Chamonix, France – best tourist attractions recommended by local expert

Even though there is a lot of tourist information available online, it is still very difficult to know what is worth visiting when going to a new place. Over the years I had the privilege to ask people who know a particular area very well…what are your favorite things to see an do in a particular place. Recently I had the privilege to ask Olivia about her favorite things to do in Chamonix, France. In this short interview I ask Olivia what she likes about Chomonix, France. Read on to find out what to see and do in Chamonix, France.

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3 essential day trips from Paris, France

Soissons, France - Old ruins thumbnailThere are plenty of things to do and see in Paris, France. So, most tourists do not have time to wander outside of Paris. However, I believe that traveling outside of Paris will give you a different view of France. Provincial France is beautifully diverse and filled with historical vestiges. In addition, doing a few day trips from Paris, will help you relax quite a bit by avoiding tourist crowds. Read on to find out about three great day trips from Paris.

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Versailles, France surrounds you in history

The Palace of Versailles is the most popular tourist attraction in France. Some people say that Versailles is overrated, but I say that it is an amazing place to visit, especially for the first time. The combination of great history with beautiful gardens makes the place beautiful to visit. In the summer it is very crowded so make sure you stick with the main things that are worth your time. Read on to find out about the things that I think are worth visiting at Versailles.

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9 great day trips from Geneva, Switzerland

Annecy, France – Beautiful view of Lake Annecy
Annecy, France - the beautiful Annecy Lake

Geneva, Switzerland is a great city to visit. There are many things to see in Geneva, but sometimes people are fortunate to be able to spend more time in Geneva and would like to see some other places around the city. I was able to visit Geneva several times and I learned about a few beautiful places right around Geneva. Each is within easy driving distance and makes for a great day trip.

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Paris, France – How to get to the top of the Arch of Triumph

The Arch of Triumph in Paris France is one of the most famous attractions in Paris. Everyone who visits Paris wants to see it. However, once you get to see it and get close to it you’ll notice lots of people on top of the Arch. But how do they get there? There are no huge signs showing you how to and you can’t cross the huge and scary round about around the Arch. You just need to find the entry to the underground passageway that will lead you there. Read on to find out.

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Soissons, France – Walking among great history

Saint Jean des Vignes Abbey - thumbnailEven though located only about 65 miles north of Paris, Soissons is relatively unknown as a tourist attraction in France. However, Soissons has a very rich heritage in French history being one of the oldest towns in all of France. In fact Soissons was the first capital of old France in 486 A.D. As a consequence you will find lots of historical buildings in Soissons today.

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Chamonix, France – Fill your lungs and eyes with Mont Blanc

Panorama of French Alps - thumbnail.Chamonix, France is a very famous winter resort but it’s not popular only in the winter. We visited Chamonix at the beginning of October on a bright and sunny day. This great weather gave us awesome views of the Alps and made our one hour drive a breeze. We couldn’t resist stopping at one of the rest stops just to admire the mountains. It proved to be the perfect day trip from Geneva, Switzerland.

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Paris, France – The essential tourist guide

Paris, France - Old house on Champs d'ElyseeI love Paris ! I think most everyone who visits this city will just love it! I’m not really sure about people living in Paris though, but I still think most people living there love the city. Being a large city, Paris offers everything to everyone in terms of entertainment, food and tourist attractions. It is hard to pick the best tourist attractions, but if you’re only spending a few days in Paris you’re better off sticking with the well known tourist attractions. These Paris tourist attractions are what makes Paris famous, so they are worth seeing them.

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Yvoire, France is a 700 years old medieval town

Yvoire, France - Old CastleWe loved this little town. This is a great spot for a day trip from Geneva. We would've loved to take the boat from Geneva but we didn't have enough time. The boat ride takes about two hours because it has to stop in a few places before reaching Yvoire. The boat ride looks very appealing especially on a clear day and I am sure that the views from the boat are just amazing. However, because we didn't have enough time, we decided to drive instead and it took us about 30 minutes from Geneva.

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Annecy, France – Local farmers’ festival in a medieval location

Annecy, France - Farmer Festival We visited Annecy, France at the beginning of October and stumbled upon this beautiful farmers’ festival. It took me a while to figure out what the name of this festival was but I finally found it: Return from alpine pasture (Le Retour des Alpages). It takes place the second Saturday of October, every year. We just happened to visit Annecy on that Saturday and it was great…We sampled local food, saw a cow parade and listened to local music…all this with tons of other people.

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Famous arches of triumph across Europe

Who said that only the French have an Arch of Triumph? Well there is another one in Bucharest, Romania…it’s a little smaller…but it is called the Arch of Triumph and serves the same purpose as the original Arch of Triumph in Paris, France. The Romanian military uses the Arch of Triumph in Bucharest as the focal point for their yearly parade, just like the French military marches on Champs d’Elysees on France National Day on July 14th.

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Paris, France – Is the Eiffel Tower overrated ?

Eiffel Tower, Paris, FranceParis was my first destination when I first had the opportunity to travel to Europe! This is my favorite city…I just love Paris! Ok, ok…enough said about Paris…but how about the Eiffel Tower? Some people may suggest that it’s not worth visiting, but I disagree completely. I believe the Eiffel Tower is worth all the effort and cash required for climbing all the way to the top. So is the Eiffel Tower overrated ?

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