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How to spend the perfect day in Strasbourg (for less than €25!)

How to spend the perfect day in Strasbourg (for less than €25!)

We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: Strasbourg is a hidden gem of a city! Nestled into the Eastern edge of France just a short drive from the German border, Strasbourg has traditionally been known as le carrefour de l’Europe (the crossroads of Europe). With a rich and fascinating past, tremendous political importance, a charming old » Read more

Dunkerque: A daytrip dash from London

Dunkerque: A daytrip dash from London

Calais, the closest French port to England, is the principal crossing point between England and France. The Channel Tunnel links England to Coquelles, just a few miles from Calais; through it car and train passengers utilize Calais as a gateway to France and beyond. But in fact very few people take the Eurostar to Calais-Fréthun, » Read more

Mama Shelter Bordeaux Opens with Introductory €49 Rooms

Mama Shelter Bordeaux Opens with Introductory €49 Rooms

Since it opened in 2008, the Philippe Starck-designed Mama Shelter hotel in a stylishly converted former car park in Paris’ 20th arrondissement has been an instant hit amongst style- and budget-conscious travelers, with its smallest rooms starting at €79. Its cool public spaces and focus on events (plus a now legendary Sunday brunch) have helped » Read more

Getting to Know France’s Gard Region

Getting to Know France’s Gard Region

If you’ve fallen in love with France as I have, you have probably traveled there more than once. Now that you have seen Paris and beyond, including all the regular tourist attractions, its time to learn about the fabulous Gard region of France. The Gard is located just west of Provence in south central France. » Read more

The guide to moving to France?

The guide to moving to France?

By Bryan Pirolli in Paris— What’s the biggest expense for anyone coming to Paris? Usually, the plane ticket. If you’re looking to trade in that round trip for a cheaper one-way ticket to the City of Light and start up a life here, it’s harder than you think—but not impossible. Expat Aurelia D’Andrea, a California » Read more

France: Visiting Boulogne and Calais

France: Visiting Boulogne and Calais

Because the French railway network extended its tentacles only slowly north from Paris to the ports, there was a spell in the mid-19th century when the Channel port of Boulogne remained conspicuously isolated from the rest of France. Brits could get there easily from London, using the new rail routes to the Kent coast and » Read more

Bordeaux: 5 Activities You Won’t “Wine” About

Bordeaux: 5 Activities You Won’t “Wine” About

By C. H. Kwak— Type “Bordeaux” into Google and the all-knowing gods of auto-suggest will fill in “wine” for you. But I was inspired by my friend Emilie, a Bordelaise who doesn’t drink. She’d always told me there was plenty to do in Bordeaux that doesn’t involve red wine. I recently spent a week in » Read more

Strasbourg, France: The crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg, France: The crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is one of those places that is so easily missed. Fast trains pause there, but Strasbourg deserves at least a day or two. And the Alsace city is at its best in the run-up to Christmas as the German fad for Christmas markets spills over the border and onto the streets of Strasbourg’s historic » Read more

Menton, France: A Riviera gem

Menton, France: A Riviera gem

The places at the end of the road are always the most interesting. After the glitz and gloss of Antibes and Cannes, after the bustle of Nice and Monaco, you might at first think there is not much left to the French Riviera. Yet the best is yet to come. For Menton, the very last » Read more

Day Trip from Paris: Reims and Champagne tours

Day Trip from Paris: Reims and Champagne tours

Looking for an easy day trip from your Paris vacation? Why not visit Reims (oddly pronounced with a nasal “Ranse”), the coronation site of French kings and the epicenter of the Champagne region. Here we’ll explain how to get there and some suggested sights while you’re there–and where to get a great lunch for Cheapo prices! » Read more

Postcards from France: First week on the road

Postcards from France: First week on the road

I just returned from 16 glorious days in France. The journey included six days in Paris and ten days on the road, driving through the rolling countryside to pebble beaches, sun-kissed villages, and major cities. Today I’m posting some “postcards” from the first week of the trip. 1. Vélib’ at work (above). The good news: Vélib’, the city’s » Read more

France: Independent Wine Growers Expo for €6

France: Independent Wine Growers Expo for €6

France’s independent wineries are taking their bottles on the road November 2008-March 2009 in the country’s Independent Wine Growers Expo (“Les Salons des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants”). Of interest to discerning Cheapos, the expo only costs €6! (About the cost of one decent glass of wine back home.) The three-day events, held on subsequent weekends in eight cities » Read more

France and Germany: Ashtrays removed from cafes and restaurants today

France and Germany: Ashtrays removed from cafes and restaurants today

Throughout France today, 2008 was ushered in with a countrywide smoking ban in restaurants, cafes, and discos that smokers have been anticipating for months. In early 2007, a similar law banned smoking in public spaces and work places, but this is the biggie — no more smoking at the table, over an espresso, or on the dance floor. » Read more

Summer Festivals in France: A User’s Guide

Summer Festivals in France: A User’s Guide

There are so many summer festivals in France that it’s hard to know where to begin. The abundance of festivals means that no matter where you are traveling in France, there is sure to be a festival happening somewhere nearby. Here’s a brief rundown of the heavyweights. Most are big ticket events which tend to » Read more

The Ardeche: Plume the Dog

Recently, while staying in the beautiful Ardèche region of southeastern France, we were visited by a rather friendly and energetic canine named Plume (“Feather” in French.) Plume was nice enough to lead us on an exhausting hike through the swath of mountains she calls home. Soft spoken and with a perma-smile, Plume lives by the » Read more

Festival Fever in France

Festival Fever in France

Take a look at the roll call of upcoming festivals in France. Aside from the Cannes Film Festival, this week there is La Fete du Pain, or Bread Festival. On Saturday May 19, La Fete de la Nature will be held. Then, on May 29, there is a festival for neighbors, called Immeubles en Fete. » Read more

France: Adieu, Chirac

Yesterday, May 15th, Jacques Chirac—President of France for the last 12 years—gave his last address to the nation. He then ceded the Elysée Palace to France’s next President, Nicolas Sarkozy, who won the May 6th election against Ségolène Royal with 53% of the vote. A France without Chirac is going to take some getting used » Read more

France: Borders in Culture and Politics

The 60th Cannes Film Festival opens on Wednesday in Cannes. This year’s lineup is notable for its emphasis on borders of the mind, according to Festival Director Thierry Fremeaux. In an interview with the Berliner Zeitung, Fremeaux points out that Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai shot his film “My Blueberry Nights”—his first English language feature—in » Read more

May in France: To Work or Not to Work?

Both finalists in France’s presidential race, Nicholas Sarkozy and Ségolène Royal, have insisted on the urgent need to improve the work ethic as a way to boost growth and jobs. Yet when the month of May arrives, the question on most people’s lips is: “What are you doing for the ‘ponts de mai’?” The “ponts” » Read more

France: Free Museum Night on May 19

France: Free Museum Night on May 19

Planning to be in France in May? Save your museum outings for Saturday night, May 19. Entrance fees will be waived and visitors will be encouraged to linger at exhibitions past midnight. It’s all part of a European initiative called “La Nuit des Musees” aimed at attracting a younger museum-going audience. This is the initiative’s » Read more

France: Gites de France Offers Huge Discounts

France: Gites de France Offers Huge Discounts

Gites de France, France’s biggest and most popular source for rural holiday rentals and farmstays, has launched a huge promotional drive called “Mai” toi au vert on its website this week, with over 2000 rental holiday homes (which sleep up to six) available at a flat rate of €200 a week. This rate represents a » Read more

Fresh Pasta (and Ice Cream) in Toulouse

Toulouse is France’s fourth largest city. Fondly known as “la ville rose” because of the color of the bricks made from the area’s clay-rich soil, the city has a distinctive meridional flavor and is well worth a detour on any tour of southern France. Toulouse centers on the Place du Capitole, a splendid square lined » Read more

Southwest France: Culinary Crossroads of Basque and Bearn

Southwest France: Culinary Crossroads of Basque and Bearn

One of the joys of exploring the French countryside is discovering the incredible diversity from region to region. Driving along narrow country roads, the landscape, architecture and topography seem to shift imperceptibly from one hour to the next. These variations are reflected in regional cooking styles. Inland from the Basque coastal resorts of Biarritz and » Read more

France: Bed and Breakfast in Biarritz

The Atlantic coast, from Biarritz down to Saint Jean de Luz, has become wildly popular lately as many beachgoers have fled the crowds and high prices of the Mediterranean for the cooler temperatures and “surf’s up” vibe of the Atlantic. While this has been great for the bar and restaurant scene, finding affordable hotel rooms has become » Read more

Brittany: Welcome to the (Cheapo) Farm

We just about “bought the ferme” today when we flipped through the new catalogue of rural guesthouses in Brittany, France. Mon dieu! The Bienvenue a la Ferme (Welcome to the Farm) catalogue is an effort to promote farm stays, campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, local products, and various other outdoorsy activities in Brittany. You can register » Read more

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