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Northern France Holiday – Road Trip from Paris to Loire Valley & Normandy

Northern France Holiday Road Trip from Paris to Loire Valley & Normandy After spending 3  wonderful days in Paris, we set off on a four day Northern France holiday to experience some of the beautiful countryside of central and northern France. We rented a car at Gare du Nord in Paris and headed south to …

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Loire Valley: Ladies, Leonardo and Sleeping Beauty

France’s Loire Valley is renowned for its magnificent chateaux. Scores are scattered over the landscape and choosing which to see is a challenge. On this leg of our journey, John and I rented a car and made our home base in the quiet village of Chenonceaux, staying in a hotel just 300 meters from the …

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An Insider’s View of Nantes, France

Recently, I caught up with Kate Thomas, an American Francophile who currently makes her home in Sainte-Luce sur Loire, a northeast suburb of Nantes. She was gracious enough to share with me all of the reasons she loves this singular city, located in western France – just 30 miles from the Atlantic coast. What brought you to …

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Chartres Cathedral: “Clad in a Garment of Gems”

The greatest Gothic cathedral in France stands in Chartres, a pretty town on the Eure River in the Loire Valley. Chartres is only an hour by train or car from Paris, and many visitors make it a day trip — ride through the countryside, tour the cathedral, have lunch, ride back — and some wonder …

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