The Most Beautiful Villages of France

Photo: tourinsoft

We’ve spent many years pottering about the French countryside, often revisiting favourite places—towns, villages and historic sites. A great way to plan a driving holiday is to pick a region and then explore its attractions.  How though to identify the most interesting and rewarding, and the most beautiful, places?

One way we do that is to find out if our chosen region has any villages that are members of L’Association des Plus Beaux Villages de France.

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A Scent of Paris – The New Musée du Parfum

Le Gand Musee du Parfum logo. Photo, arton

We were very curious to see just how they could create a museum from such an esoteric subject as perfume.  It also had the potential to be quite overwhelming, with too many scents vying with each other, and a sinus-sufferer’s worst nightmare!

As it turned out, it’s one of the most fascinating concepts we’ve ever experienced.

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Shop ’til You Drop at the Paris Sales!

Les Soldes en Paris. Photo, Paris Shanghai fashion

If, like me, you love to shop, especially if there is the lure of snaring a great bargain,  I’ve got some very useful tips to help you make the most of the whole SALE shopping experience.

One of the great attractions of Paris is the excitement building up to the start of the end of season sales.

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Your Paris SALES Battle Plan

Happy luxury fashion sale shopper. Photo, Chloe Johnson

To make the most of your sales shopping, you need to plan your strategy like a military operation.

Paris offers so much more than the Big Three department stores—Galeries Lafayette, Printemps on the Right Bank, and my personal favourite, Bon Marche on the Left Bank.

Knowing which Paris districts offer the sort of fashion you’re interested in will help you focus and save valuable time.

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In the Footsteps of Julia Child

In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport. (Julia Child)

Cooks’ heaven – E. Dehillerin. Photo, David Lebovitz

When one of the great American cooks, Julia Child, first set foot in Paris, she knew she’d landed in food heaven. As she discovered, this accolade not only referred to the myriad cafes, bistros and temples of haute cuisine, but also embraced the numerous shops catering to professional as well as enthusiastic home cooks. Food heaven indeed.

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