Boating in France: Back on the Saone

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For over nine years, Neil and Joan have been spending their summers cruising the canals and rivers of Western Europe aboard their now thirty-one-year-old Dutch motor-cruiser, the “Estate.”  This year they are again sharing their experiences with  readers of EuropeUpClose.com. June 16 As a boater, one gets accustomed to sitting in port, waiting for parts or repairs. After spending the better ... Read Full Article

Boating in France: Burgundy Biking

Biking on a Country road

For over nine years, Neil and Joan have been spending their summers cruising the canals and rivers of Western Europe aboard their now thirty-one-year-old Dutch motor-cruiser, the “Estate.”  This year they are again sharing their experiences with you. Shortly after purchasing our boat, Estate, in Holland in 2001, we also bought some old, Dutch, “clunker” bicycles. At least that’s how they look. ... Read Full Article

All Aboard the Touristic Train from Paris to Nevers

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Whether you are visiting Paris for business or leisure, you may want to escape the city’s frantic pace for a few days -- without traveling long distances. Touristic trains are a great way out…and they make it easy on you. Enjoyable and cheap, they can take you to picturesque cities, towns and villages that you may not otherwise see. Furthermore, the experience will give you the opportunity to ... Read Full Article

Exploring Champagne and Burgundy in France

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  If you want to travel beyond Paris, be sure to consider  the Champagne-Ardenne region and/or Burgundy. These two areas have so much to see and do that you will be very busy. And if you are a lover of champagne or fine wine, you will be in heaven. Champagne-Ardenne When you pop a bottle of "champagne", you can be sure it is produced right here in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France. ... Read Full Article

When in France, Take a Burgundy Wine Tour

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The Route de Bourgogne from Dijon to Santanay is not only beautiful, but a wine fancier's dream, a perfect place to tour the Burgundy wine region and and learn about wine making right in Burgundy, France. This is Burgundy country: rolling hills, lush valleys and vineyards as far as the eye can see. You can stop at many of the little "caves" along the route to sample the fine Burgundy wine. In ... Read Full Article