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Best Places to Visit in France

I’ve been to France 8 times, but it wasn’t until my 8th visit that I made it to Paris. While I loved Paris and it lived up to my very high expectations, I like exploring the lesser-known places even more. Without a doubt, my personal highlight was hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc a 170km hike around the massive of the highest peak in Western Europe! Truly an incredible experience! My favourite festival anywhere in the world to-date is the The Festival of Lights in Lyon: This definitely isn’t off the beaten track, but I LOVED it and that’s saying a lot as I don’t like crowds. It’s one of the most unique artistic displays I’ve ever seen!

Travel information and adventure travel tips for France

Tour du Mont Blanc Packing List: What You Need to Bring

A complete packing list for your Tour du Mont Blanc Trek in Europe. Everything you need for your epic trek, along with useful tips for your epic trek!

  • Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the best hikes in Europe that goes through France, Italy and Switzerland.

Tour du Mont Blanc: How to Plan for This Epic Adventure!

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is listed as not only one of Europe's classic hikes, but one of the best in the world! Here's how to plan your own trek:

  • Houseboating along the Mayenne River in France.

Houseboating the Mayenne: What You Need to Know

One of the biggest advantages of houseboating along the Mayenne River in France is that you don't need a driver's licence. Here's what else you need to know:

  • Fisherman on the Mayenne River.

Houseboating the Mayenne

A photojourney of housboating the Mayenne from Daon to Laval and back.

The Magic of Mont Blanc: A Photojourney

A photojourney of the Tour du Mont Blanc, a 160km classic hike around the highest summit in western Europe - with a little "magic" thrown in for good measure.

Wildflowers of Mont Blanc

The wildflowers seen on our Tour du Mont Blanc were spectacular! Indulge in a little armchair travel - even if you have no desire to hike the 160km circuit.

Tour du Mont Blanc: Why I’m Doing It

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a 160km hike around western Europe's highest massive. I feel compelled to do it and here's why:

Les Halles de Lyon: Gourmet Paradise

Les Halles de Lyon is a gourmet's paradise. I knew that a market in the gastronomical capital of France was going to be good I just didn't realize how good

The Only Allergen Free Restaurant in Lyon

Traveling with food allergies can be difficult. Being Celiac, I loved the idea of an allergen free restaurant in Lyon, France but I was also skeptical.

  • The #1 thing to do in Grenoble France

#1 Thing to Do in Grenoble, France

The #1 thing do to in Grenoble France offers something for everyone of all ages and interests. Heck you can even get married there..or just enjoy the view.

Best of the Festival of Lights in Lyon

Everyone should see the Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières) in Lyon, France at least once in their lives! In fact, it was the most incredible modern man-made thing I saw in all of 2012!

  • Christmas market in Grenoble France

Marché de Noël (Christmas Market) in Grenoble, France

The Marché de Noël (Christmas Market) in Grenoble, France is magical with it's twinkling lights, visits from Saint Nicholas and even The Bogeyman. But my personal favorites? The mulled wine and the Raclette!

  • Cathedral: Festival of Lights in Lyon France

Loving the Festival of Lights in Lyon

The Festival of Lights in Lyon is simply breathtaking with 70 different light installations located throughout the city. It's held in December each year.

  • L'Hermione French frigate, Rochefort, France

L’Hermione: A French Frigate Provides Unlikely Inspiration

L'Hermione is a French Frigate over 200 years old. She is being re-constructed in Rochefort, France and was an unlikely source of inspiration for me.

  • Isle of Aix, France

Isle of Aix: The Ultimate R&R Getaway

The Isle of Aix ( Île d'Aix in French) is just a short ferry ride from Fouras, on the west coast of France, but worlds away.

The Beaches on the Island of Aix

The Island of Aix, so close to mainland France, but worlds apart and that's just how the residents like it.

  • strasbourg photos of the Petit France Quarter

Strasbourg: Storybook Charm and a UNESCO Site

Close your eyes and go back in time to the 1500s to a fairy tale town with half timbered houses, long sloping roofs dating back to the 1500s or just check out these photos of Strasbourg, France and see it with your own eyes.

5 Reasons to Visit Strasbourg France

5 reasons to visit Strasbourg, France, a charming UNESCO city in Alsace.

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