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France Travel Articles

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The small city of Reims is known for being in the middle of the Champagne region. It’s also the home of a Notre Dame cathedral whose claim to fame is being larger than the one in Paris and also being where many French kings were crowned. There is a second church that deserves a visit for its amazing stained glass windows – the Basilica of Saint Remi. Reims is easy to reach from Paris. It’s a one hour ride on a tgv from Gare de l'Est. The train arrives in the center of Reims and from there...
 
The Eurostar is a high speed train that gets you from London to Paris in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 20 minutes of that trip is underground through the Chunnel - a tunnel under the English Channel. The cost and travel time are similar to flying, but on the Eurostar you leave from and arrive at central downtown locations. There are three classes of service: Standard, Leisure Select and Business Premier. Meals are served at the seat for Leisure Select and Business Premier. Eurostar Stations - St...
 
You can find a wide variety and great selection of vacation rentals in France - chic apartments in Paris, dream chateaux in Bordeaux, family holiday villages, charming cottages on provincial farms and posh villas in the south of France. France is the number one travel destination in the world. Vacation rentals have long been popular with the French and Europeans and are increasing in popularity among travelers from North America and other international countries. Terms Gîtes de France is...
 
This is a list of vacation rental agencies and resources for France. I start with agencies that represent several regions. Then I list local agencies by region. At the end are resources for farm stays - gites. Notes: Agency is based in France unless otherwise noted. See this page for larger agencies that represent several countries in Europe. Region names in France changed recently. This list uses the old names. Vacation Rental Agencies These agencies have vacation rentals in several...
 
There is so much to see in Provence if you’re a history buff, it could drive you crazy. In order to preserve our sanity and marriage, The Husband and I decided to follow a theme on this trip to Provence, and restrain ourselves to visiting Roman sites. We also agreed to throw in visits to three Cistercian abbeys because they were on the way to other sites we wanted to see anyway, and I have a thing about cloisters and we both love medieval architecture. As it turned out, the Three Sisters, as...
 
There is a large network of vegetarian restaurants and natural food shops throughout France. This is not a complete list of vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Paris but is my personal list. Resources listed at the bottom of the article provide more information. NOTES If you can't find a vegetarian restaurant, look for a Creperie. They offer savory crepes which are usually available without meat. Be aware that potatoes may be fried in animal fat. Many restaurants will have one or two...
 
The café is central to life in France. This is where you will find the locals having their morning coffee, meeting friends, reading the papers. They may drop in several times during the day. Most cafés are locally owned and run by the owner. For the traveler, cafés let you experience the local life. Go to a café for breakfast and linger at a sunny table or drop in for quick coffee during the day. Most cafés offer snacks or lunch. Drop in before dinner for an aperitif or a glass of wine...

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