Resources and Links
This list includes useful links to tourist offices, web magazines and travel writers’ websites.
Feel free to let us know if you notice any important omissions.
Official Tourist Office Websites of Towns, Cities, Departments and Regions of France
Paris and the Paris region
Paris, official tourist office site, and Paris, official site of the city.
Ile de France, the greater Paris region.
Essonne, department south of Paris.
Hauts de Seine, department along the western edge of Paris, includes Malmaison, Boulogne-Billancourt, Saint Cloud, La Defense.
Seine et Marne, department includes Fontainebleau, Vaux le Vicomte, Disneyland.
Val de Marne, department immediately southeast of Paris including Vincennes.
Yvelines, department includes Versailles, Rambouillet and Saint Germain en Laye.
Centre, region at the heart of the Loire Valley, including Orléans, Blois, Tours and many of the major chateaux of the Loire Valley as well as Chartres
-Cycling Loire / Loire à vélo, official tourism site for biking along the Loire Valley in the regions Western Loire and Centre.
Franche-Comté, region in eastern France, between Burgundy and Alsace and along the Swiss border.
-Jura , department known in wine circles for the Vin Jaune produced here. It’s capital is Lons Le Saunier.
Lorraine, region between Alsace and Champagne-Ardenne, bordering on Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.
Midi-Pyrénées, a large southwestern region including Albi, Auch, Cahors, Moissac, St-Cirq Lapopie, Toulouse and a portion of the Pyrenees.
Normandy, administratively this is actually two regions, Upper and Lower Normandy, but the two regions join forces in promoting tourism.
-Calvados, department that includes most of the Landing Zone, except for Utah Beach, which is in Manche.
- Bayeux and surroundings
Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, region includes Provence, the southern Alps and the Riviera.
Cote d’Azur/The Riviera
Bouche du Rhone, department includes Aix en Provence, Chateauneuf du Paper, Marseille, Camargue, Arles.
Var, department includes Saint Tropez, Frejus, Toulon, Grand Canyon of Verdon.
Vaucluse, department includes Avignon, Carpentras, Luberon, Orange, Mont-Ventoux.
-Isere, department includes Grenoble and ski resorts
-Rhone, department includes Lyon and Beaujolais
-Savoie, department includes Aix les Bains, Chambery and ski resorts
-Haute-Savoie, department includes Annecy , Chamonix, Mont Blanc and ski resorts
Western Loire / Pays de la Loire, region includes Saumur, Nantes, Angers, and the coast just south of Brittany.
Cycling Loire / Loire à vélo, official tourism site for biking along the Loire Valley in the regions Western Loire and Centre.
Web magazines in English (or paper magazines with a significant web presence)
Central Brittany Journal
France Today, an American paper and web publication about tourism France.
Francophile Gazette, a compilation e-mag of all things French. Lots of tongue and chic and playful clichés.
My French Life, an Australian-based web magazine about tourism, culture and life in France
Paris Update, reviews of restaurants and exhibitions in Paris
The Connexion, a British paper and web publication about life, events and tourism France.
Journalists and writers who have contributed to France Revisited
Karin Badt wrote about a film and an art exhibit.
James d’Entremont, a journalist from Boston, wrote about Marseille.
Judy Kashoff, a writer, has traveled far and wide.
Ester Laushway, a journalist living in Aix-en-Provence, wrote about Provence.
Marc Saghié, a journalist who generally writes about international affairs for very serious publications, ranted for us about taxis.
Stephanie Sommers wrote about Carnival in Nice and the Lemon Festival in Menton.
Thirza Vallois, author of the Around and About Paris series and other books as well as numerous articles, including a contribution to France Revisited about the Marais.
Joe Wilkins, who lives in Atlanta, wrote about sports shooting and photography during his sabbatical year in Paris and has supplied photographs for other articles.
Authors who have been interviewed or profiled or whose work has been reviewed for France Revisited
Annabel Simms, author of the guidebook “An Hour From Paris,” reviewed here.
Heather Stimmler-Hall, Paris-based travel writer and blogger. Her guidebook “Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to a Sexy City” is reviewed here. Heather is interviewed here.
Ellen Sussman, novelist, essayist, short story writer. Ellen is nterviewed about her novel ”French Lessons” here.
Other journalists and writers
Laurel Zuckerman, author and blogger. Blogging interests include commenting on news in France and providing information for and about writers in Paris, including this May 2011 interview about the editor of France Revisited.