EuroCheapo's France Articles

France: UFOs Invade Internet

UFOs exist and they are hovering over French countryside. Witnesses of unidentified flying objects the world over have France’s National Center for Space Studies to thank. As reported last week, the public is now invited to space out on more than 100,000 pages of testimonies, photographs, film footage, and audiotapes from its UFO archives via » Read more

Paris: Some Basic Tips

Paris: Some Basic Tips

We admit, living like a Cheapo in Paris is not always easy. Trust us, we know. Here are three tried-and-true tips for saving euros in Paris. They’ll be old hat for some, but nonetheless bear repeating. Eat in a park. If it’s nice out, always take your lunch in a manicured park. No matter where » Read more

Southwest France: Smoke-Free Gastronomy

It’s well known in France that you can eat like a king in the provinces for what you would pay for a sandwich and a glass of wine in Paris. But do so in a smoke-free restaurant? Impossible. Well, actually, not really. Le Pigeonneau, a fabulous restaurant in Riscle—in France’s southwestern Gers region—banned smoking five » Read more

France: High Speed on the Motorway to Paris

Recently, on a trip back to Paris from the Ardèche region of France, we found ourselves holding on for dear life in the back seat of tiny car that had no business being on the open road. We were cruising along at a blistering 150 kph. Alarmingly, this speed is quite normal on France’s crowded » Read more

France: B&B in the Vineyards of Gascony

France: B&B in the Vineyards of Gascony

photograph by Eric Scherer Chateau du Bascou is located amidst the vineyards of the Gers in southwestern France, atop a hillside with commanding views stretching as far as the Pyrenees. The 19th century chateau offers three rooms at €74 per double room, including breakfast. The rooms are all beautifully decorated and named after little-known grape » Read more

Gîtes d’Etape: Rustic French Budget Lodging

Gîtes d’Etape: Rustic French Budget Lodging

photograph courtesy of lludovic Renting a gîte (a private French country residence) doesn’t usually sync up with the budget-minded agenda. Luckily, there is a rustic getaway option for Cheapos, too. Gîtes d’etape are the budget counterpart of the traditional French gîte. While you won’t have a house all to yourself, you should be able to » Read more

Gascony’s Secret Treasures

Gascony’s Secret Treasures

The Gers in France’s southwest is a land of rolling hills and medieval bastide towns. Utterly unspoiled by mass tourism and sparsely populated by farmers and secondary residents from Britain and the Netherlands, the region comes alive in summer with a series of top-notch music festivals, notably Jazz in Marciac and Tempo Latino in Vic-Fezensac. In » Read more

Espace Non Fumeur

To the dismay of many French doctors and school teachers, smoking is now forbidden in medical centers and schools. We’ve already reported on this turn of events, of course, but we’d like to reflect for a minute on how things will feel in January, 2008, when the all-encompassing ban on smoking in public places goes » Read more

French Freebie

French Freebie

image courtesy of Maison de la France Bonjour! Yesterday, Maison de la France—the official tourist office of the French government—released its France Guide 2007. Much of this glossy, 100-page magazine is devoted to the usual perky PR fluff—the unveiling of stuffy new monuments, luxury island getaways, and so on. But there are a few articles of Cheapo » Read more

Brittany’s Bargains

photograph courtesy of levercusec We just received our semi-annual Tourisme Bretagne postdrop, and mon Dieu. It would appear that there are a surpising number of very inexpensive house rentals in Brittany. Agence Bretagne Immobilier in Brest has a four-person rental house in Crozon on offer beginning at €150 a week in low season. Cabinet Holas » Read more

The Buzz on Biarritz

The Buzz on Biarritz

For several years now we’ve been hearing a buzz about the rediscovery of Biarritz, the Atlantic coast beach resort town in the southwestern corner of France. Part of what makes Biarritz so interesting is its history as a tourist spot. Once Napoleon’s holiday destination of choice, Biarritz long ago lost its preeminence as a French beach resort to various Côte d’Azur » Read more