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Offline Map APPS to Keep Your Trip Organized

Maps or APPS or APPS with Maps: Does anyone still use paper maps or is everyone using APPS ? The answer is Yes! to both. There are still those persons who prefer that paper map over the offline map apps on their phone. As for moi? I like to look at the paper map before I hit the road so I have a general idea in my head as to ...

French Castles via Train

Visiting French Castles via train helps you to avoid what we termed “châteaux overload” the first time we visited the Loire Valley. If you go by car it is so easy to try to "do too much" so pace yourself.  Visiting only one or possibly two châteaux (their interiors and grounds) per day will allow you to enjoy and ...

Paris Walks Latin Quarter

Walking Tour Interactive Map  -East of Blvd Saint Michel Paris Walks Latin Quarter:  This self-guided walking tour shows you the location of former homes of well-known Paris authors, Oscar Wilde, Jean Racine, Balzac, Jean-Paul Sarte & Simone de Beuvoir and Gertrude Stein. In addition you have the opportunity to ...

Paris Squares

Here are a few of my favorite secluded (and some not so secluded!) Paris Squares - where you can enjoy the scenery while you ponder on what to do in Paris. In French, a square will be called 'place'. The well-known squares such as Place de la Concord, Place de la Bastille or Place de Charles de Gaulle are found on all the ...

Historic Paris Cafés

Taking a time-out at any of the historic Paris Cafés should be  an integral part of your visit to Paris. These cafés in Paris are rich in history so I've shared just a bit of the history of each one. Through the decades Parisians and non-Parisians alike have used cafés as an extension of their home, writing treatises, ...

Cheap Flights

Cheap Flights - Although it seems that airlines are raising their prices on an almost daily basis, Paris and France can be within your  grasp if you invest a little time on the internet and are flexible with your plans. 1. Before booking a flight, first educate yourself on the available airlines that have flights to ...

Lorraine Cycling – Biking Around the Grand Est

Our day of Lorraine cycling started at our gite in Koeur-la-Grande. We cycled through a wonderfully flat area – something that is not particularly common in this area. The all terrain bikes provided for our use by the owner of the gite were a wonderful bonus to the rental. I just love cycling on vacation. You see life ...