March 21, 2018
5 Things to do at Galeries Lafayette in Paris (other than Shopping) premium
Did you know that the department store concept was created in Paris? It was in the mid-1800s that Paris shopping moved from covered passages to les grands magasins. These big stores set up shop on wide boulevards with plenty of lighting. It was in 1893 that two cousins from Alsace opened what is now known […]
March 15, 2018
7 Places for Francophiles in New York City premium
Are you a Francophile like me? If you love all things French, but cannot get away to go to Paris, take a trip to New York City for your fix. The Big Apple is home to immigrants from all over the globe, including France. Here are seven places for Francophiles in New York City.
February 13, 2018
Back to School: Learning French at Château de la Mazure premium
Travel from Paris’ Montparnasse train station to Laval took less than two hours, but felt a world away from the frenzied city. It’d been two years since I’d visited the Loire Valley, but it had become one of my favorite regions in France for its wine, rural landscape, and châteaux. During the summer, I was […]
18 Places to Go in France in 2018 (from someone who lives there) premium
Well, hello 2018! I say this every January, but can you believe how fast last year flew by? In last year’s post, “17 Fantastic French Experiences to have in 2017,” I recounted some of my favorite things to do in France. This year, I’m giving you 18 places to go in France in 2018. These […]
December 20, 2017
Reasons to Visit the Lorraine Region in France premium
What comes to mind with the mention of eastern France? Perhaps it’s the storybook town of Colmar, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, or the bubbles of Champagne. These well-known spots are certainly lovely, but many visitors to France are missing out on Lorraine, the land sandwiched in between Champagne and Alsace.
October 25, 2017
A Basic Guide to Burgundy Wine premium
Understanding wine in France is complicated, but thankfully, drinking it is simple. There are 11 primary wine-producing regions in France, with more than 300 AOC {Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée} distinctions making red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines. According to, there are about 2,900 types of French wines. That means it would take eight years, drinking […]

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