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How do you like your France?
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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 note, including one on off-the-beaten-path accommodations (for as little as €30 you can sleep in a yurt in Gluiras or Saint-Peray!) and an article about visiting Rhône-Alps ski resorts during the off season.

If that doesn’t whet your whistle, there’s also a quirky interview with funny-man David Sedaris worth reading.

You can order a hard copy of France Guide 2007 online (delivery takes three to four weeks). The impatient can, of course, download the PDF.

About the author

Vivien Kim Thorp got her first taste of travel aboard Caribbean-bound cruises, leaving from her native Florida. While these trips resulted in a life-long aversion to cruise ships, they did whet her appetite to see the world. (One could even call it an addiction.) Since then, she has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas, though her heart belongs to Southeast Asia. Her most recent thrills include driving a team of sled dogs in northern Sweden, diving with manta rays in Komodo, and wandering through the Temples of Karnak in Luxor. She recommends adding the following items to your "try it at least once" list: raw horse meat, fried spiders, and bear carpaccio. Vivien has a bachelor's degree in English and Asian American Studies from U.C. Berkeley and is working on earning a master's degree from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.

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