France

Visiting the Louvre

Done incorrectly, visiting the Louvre can be a serious drag.  You will have to endure insanely long lines and hassles only to see a few famous pieces of art you’ve seen a thousand pictures of, just to check a box on your itinerary.  Your day will be long, frustrating, and […]

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How the Louvre Became the Louvre

If you are like me, once you get to the Louvre you will be as interested in the building itself as what’s in it.  The building is so impressive that even if there were no artifacts or artwork in the building, visiting it would still be an amazing experience.  As […]

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Getting Around Paris

What is the best way to get around Paris? There is no best way.  It just depends where you are going. But here we will go through your options.  We will use all of them on our tour, partially because we will always strive for the best use of our […]

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Enjoying the French Cafe

With the right attitude and expectations, the French café is one of the best experiences you can ever have.  I’d go so far as to say a trip to Paris without spending a considerable amount of time in a café is not a good trip to Paris.  But without an […]

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Packing for Your Trip to France

Packing for a trip to France is not all that different than packing for a trip to any other great city, but there are some peculiarities.  Most of these are based on the weather and the culture, which we’ll talk about below.  As with most trips, you will want to […]

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Spotlight on Mont Saint Michel

Perhaps the most spectacular place in all of France – and perhaps one of the most spectacular in the entire world – is Mont Saint Michel. Mont Saint Michel is a an island with an abbey surrounded by a small town and large medieval walls. It is a UNESCO World […]

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The Best Overlooks in Paris

As someone who loves creating pictures based on wide views, I have spent an inordinate amount of time looking for the best overlooks of Paris.  I suppose I do that in every city, but Paris in particular.  That’s partly just because I have spent a lot of time there in […]

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