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April 9, 2017

France: Bastia Corsica

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Last fall, on the 9th of November, we left the rain and cold of Burgundy and headed south by car. Our route would ultimately take us to the island nation of Malta. Malta is further south than Gibraltar and Sicily; it was furthest south in Europe that we could practically reach. The mission was to find warmer and drier weather. (more…)


France: Annecy

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A modest lakeside residence

We didn’t experience Annecy France in its best light. It was rainy and cold when visited at the beginning of November 2016. Annecy has been nicknamed the “Pearl of French Alps.” Sitting at the edge of Lake Annecy and the de facto gateway to the famous ski resorts of Albertville, Annecy may well live up to its “pearl” billing. We will have to return in better weather to be sure. (more…)

France: Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains and the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans

A tunnel beneath the saltworks at Salins-les-Bains brings brine to the drying pans.

Salins-les-Bains and Arc-et-Senans are in the Jura and Doubs departments of France, respectively. Both administrative departments are on France’s eastern border with Switzerland. As of 2015 Jura and Doubs were part of the larger administrative region of Franche-Comté, the only region of the continental portion of France that we hadn’t visited. But by the time we first arrived in Franche-Comté in 2016 it turned out that we already had visited all of the administrative regions of continental France. How did that happen? At the start of 2016 Franche-Comté was consolidated into a larger region, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. A legislative act eliminated Franche-Comté before we could visit. (more…)

April 8, 2017

France: Arbois, Maison Pasteur

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Pasteur’s laboratory

In the Jura department of France, near the border with Switzerland is the commune of Arbois. The town of around 3,500 people is known for its cheese-centric food, theft-worthy Comté cheese, and wine. Indeed, in 1936 Arbois’ viticulture areas became the first designated “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée” or A.O.C. in France. Today the Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne appellations are more famous, but Arbois was the first. (more…)

March 18, 2017

France: Côte d’Or

The commune of Vosne-Romanée

Burgundy’s most famous and most expensive wines originate in the Côte d’Or appellation, a band of vineyards extending from the southern outskirts of Dijon to Santenay. On the east side of this limestone escarpment the vineyards spill down the hillside onto the valley floor. A designated 60-kilometer long road route through the vineyards, the Route des Grands Crus, takes oenophiles (more…)

March 1, 2017

France: Le Palais Idéal

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dsc_8143_hdr-edit-editAbout an hour south of Lyon France is the quirky tourist attraction Le Palais Idéal. In 1879 Ferdinand Cheval, a local postman, started the construction of his “Ideal Palace” behind his house in the small commune of Hauterives. Thirty-three years later his imaginative whimsical creation was completed. (more…)

France: Marseille’s Street Art

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Street art flourishes at the economic edge. With a quarter of its population living below the poverty line, Marseille has edginess in abundance. It also has plenty of street art. (more…)

February 4, 2017

France: Marseille

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Marseille gets a bad rap. France’s second largest city has been labeled as the crime capitol of France. And it is true. Tourists do stand a statistically greater chance being a victim of a petty theft in Marseille compared to many European cities. Nevertheless, unless you are foolish, it is unlikely that you will be ripped off. And if you are afraid of being murdered, then you should avoid American cities first. The murder rate in Indianapolis in 2016 is more than four times greater than in the similarly sized Marseille. Are you afraid of terrorism because Muslims make up about 24% of Marseille’s population? You shouldn’t be. The city has little jihadi violence. Marseille is far from the safest city for a tourist but it is not as bad as many would suggest. (more…)

December 25, 2016

France: Château de Chantilly and Rick Steves

Château de Chantilly

Château de Chantilly

Rick Steves writes that the chateau in Chantilly, on the northern outskirts of Paris, is “the best French château.” When we planned our visit we feared that such praise from the ever-influential Mr. Steves could be the kiss of death. Would there be throngs of Rick Steves’ guidebook toting tourists smothering the life from the Château de Chantilly? We’ve seen this phenomenon elsewhere in Europe. (more…)

March 27, 2016

France: Strasbourg

Trip boats are a popular way to see Strasbourg

Trip boats are a popular way to see Strasbourg

Visiting Strasbourg was one of our highlights for 2015. And as well it should have been. UNESCO World Heritage designated Strasbourg is a very interesting and photogenic city. You’ll have to take my word on the photogenic. Somehow I managed to only get a few pictures mostly taken in some of the more out of the way areas of the city.


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