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Visiting France

Whether you’re strolling Paris streets, biking the Loire Valley, or digging into mussels on Brittany’s coast, France’s seductive mix of stunning landscapes and sophisticated cities is hard to resist. Gourmands will have a hard time resisting copious amounts of truffles, cheese, and bread, too—paired with world-class wines, of course. Yes, life is good for the traveler in France, where cultural offerings are as rich as the cuisine and one can practically jar the joie de vivre in the air.... Read More Whether you’re strolling Paris streets, biking the Loire Valley, or digging into mussels on Brittany’s coast, France’s seductive mix of stunning landscapes and sophisticated cities is hard to resist. Gourmands will have a hard time resisting copious amounts of truffles, cheese, and bread, too—paired with world-class wines, of course. Yes, life is good for the traveler in France, where cultural offerings are as rich as the cuisine and one can practically jar the joie de vivre in the air.    Close

Stories and Tips France

Le Tour Comes to Town

Written by TianjinPaul on 27 Jul, 2013

The Tour de France arrived in Nice at one of the least opportune moments in the history of competitive cycling. Lance Armstrong had rocked the sporting world by admitting to taking performance enhancing drugs and that bombshell was quickly followed by other famous top performers…Read More


Enjoying the Weather on St Jean Cap Ferrat

Written by TianjinPaul on 03 Apr, 2013

It was my father's last full day in Nice and, up until that point, we had been hamstrung somewhat by the weather. It had rained for a the few days preceding it, which meant we had not really been able to enjoy some of the…Read More


A Little Piece of History

Written by TianjinPaul on 28 Mar, 2013

I am a huge fan of all things historical. Ever since completing my university degree in American history – with some minors in Southeast Asian history and Eastern European history - I have sought out places of historical interest whilst on my travels. Obviously, part…Read More


Into the Mountains

Written by TianjinPaul on 23 Mar, 2013

It was pure coincidence that my girlfriend and I decided to experience one of the most spectacular roads in Europe. We had decided to take a trip into the mountains to go skiing. We were not particularly sure where to go. We had three major…Read More


Back to Menton

Written by TianjinPaul on 17 Mar, 2013

The small town of Menton situated just a few kilometres from the Italian border is always worth a visit. It is quiet, but it has a wonderful long promenade that looks out onto the Mediterranean. The town is also wedged into a tiny strip between…Read More


Exploring the Market

Written by TianjinPaul on 17 Mar, 2013

Last summer I read Christian Lander's fantastic book, 'Stuff White People Like'. It was an hilarious take on middle-class white society. Many of the small entries Lander included resonated with me to an unbelievable degree. The love of coffee, wearing a hoody with shorts and…Read More


The Rain

Written by TianjinPaul on 24 Nov, 2012

It is a peculiarly British trait to be as obsessed with the weather as we are. It my sound like a cliché (It has grown to become one for good reason) to say that there are few thing we talk about more. It usually my…Read More


Going Old School

Written by TianjinPaul on 24 Nov, 2012

I recently read Cheryl Strayed's fantastic book 'Wild, which sat atop the NY Times Best-seller list (For Non-fiction at least) and in which she details her journey from southern California to Oregon on the Pacific Coast Trail. She describes wonderful wilderness and the great feeling…Read More


Driving on Cote d'Azur ... Don't!!

Written by TianjinPaul on 24 Nov, 2012

This entry is based on my experiences living, driving and travelling in Nice and is aimed at those who might consider making the ridiculous decision to rent a card and to drive around the city. This statement might sound very negative, but it is based…Read More


Watching the Rothschilds from the Sea

Written by TianjinPaul on 24 Nov, 2012

There is a passage in Sebastian Faulks's excellent novel 'A Week in December' where one of the lead characters describes the way in which the famed Rothschild dynasty made its fortune. Apparently, a key element of their success was their use of carrier pigeons to…Read More


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