France’s Southern Alps Snow Train

TER Touristic Train

Touristic trains are a great way to discover non-mainstream France.  During the ski season, they take you to relatively lesser-known ski destinations—which means shorter lines at the ski lift. Every week-end from mid-January to mid-March the Train des Neiges, Alpes-Sud proposes to take skiers to 24 different resorts.  The train travels from the Provence countryside to the foothills of the Alps ... Read Full Article

Le Puy-en-Velay: Stepping Back in Time

Cooking old style at the Bird Festival

  If it weren't for the cell phones and sunglasses, I'd have sworn we were in 16th-century France, walking on cobblestones and avoiding donkey dung on the streets of Le Puy-en-Velay. Peasants in plain brown tunics and aristocrats in velvet cloaks filled the narrow lanes, drinking ale from horns, buying meat pies, watching jugglers and stilt-walkers, and attending Mass in the ... Read Full Article