La Bataille des Fleurs – The Battle of the Flowers (3/8)

By Stephanie Sommers Honestly, someone should have warned me that the Bataille des Fleurs, the Battle of the Flowers, was not a contest between the...

Market Day in France: The Southeast, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

From the bulls in the Camargue to the olive trees of Provence, from the vineyards of the Rhone Valley to the lemon trees of Menton and from the fig trees of Solliès to the apple orchards of Haute Durance, the agriculture of southeast France (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) offers a variety of stunning landscapes and notable products to travelers in search of local and regional gastronomy.

A Christmas Tour of France

France may be a deeply secular nation, but everyone gets into the spirit of what are called “the end of the year holidays” (les fêtes de fin d’année), meaning Christmas and more. Let’s take a tour of the Christmas season in France through Alsace, Champagne, Lille, Lyon, Provence, Nice and Paris.
Menton Lemon Festival

Why I like Menton… and limoncello (6/8)

By Stephanie Sommers Concurrent with Nice’s great Carnival that I’ve been blogging about, Menton, the pretty French town sitting between the Italian border and Monaco,...

Barefoot by the Mediterranean: Sun, Rocks, Water

Va-nu-pieds, the Barefoot Photographer, returns to us from the south of France after feeling the sun, the rocks and the water of the Riviera with...

A Whiff of Napoleon in Victory and in Defeat

June 18, 2015—Two hundred years ago today Napoleon I (Bonaparte) was defeated at Waterloo. For much of the world (except perhaps for the British) Waterloo speaks far more about the fall of Napoleon and of France’s ambitions in Europe under his leadership than it does of the victory of the forces allied against him and against France.
Carnival of Nice

The Carnival of Nice: The King arrives (2/8)

By Stephanie Sommers The King arrived at 9 pm on Friday. By then it had become apparent when I asked various Niçois what happens on...

Cannes Hosts France’s Largest Summit Meeting Ever

The many faces of Cannes: playground for the well-to-do, winter retreat for golden-haired retires, showcase for film stars, promenade for daytrippers, and site of France's largest summit meeting ever. Plus some boutique hotel suggestions.
Confetti Carnival of Nice

Corso illuminé (4/8)

The Corso Illuminé is the night parade that circles two times around Place Massena on Tuesday and Saturday nights. I’ve been to two corsos, or corsi, now and they are rather spectacular.

Private Paris & France Tours

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