Every now and then, the French language tickles me when I come across a fun-to-pronounce word or a word that’s just delightful to my ear. The other day, Tom and I were watching a news problem when les aoûtiens flashed across the screen. Not knowing what the word meant but having an idea from the context, my ears perked up.
This post is a collaborative effort between my dad and me on boating in France tips. He’s been a fisherman and an avid boater his whole life and then was a professional captain for 12 years in the New York harbor.
I admit that I’m easily impressed, but even the most discerning traveler will fall in love with everything the Charente-Maritime has to offer. Let me tell you about our visit to the Marais Poitevin and more!
A few weeks ago, Tom and I headed to the Charente-Maritime department of France and drove to the Ile de Ré for the day. Just a short drive from La Rochelle, it’s officially made my short list of my favorite places in France.
Here’s a video of our canal cruise on the Canal du Midi. Pretty doesn’t even begin to describe it!
Our long weekend kicked off in La Rochelle, a coastal city about 470 km from Paris whose history is just as impressive as its modern-day approach to life.
The most common question I got after our first self-piloted canal cruise was whether or not someone new to boating and the canals can do this type of vacation and actually enjoy it. Would the stress of handling a boat get in the way? Can a total beginner handle a canal boat?
we headed south to the Camargue, and from there, headed west ending up in the Canal du Midi aboard a Nicols canal cruise boat. No special training or boating licenses are required making this sort of trip accessible to everyone who wants to experience France from the water.
My parents are here for the rest of the week and we all just got back from a big trip down south. We did our second canal cruise aboard a Nicols boat and I’ll be telling you all about that soon. Until then, I’m sharing photos from our pit stops before and after our cruise in Carcassonne and Saint Emilion.
How can you legally bring wine back from France? All you need is to have one bottle of red wine explode in your suitcase to never want to try to transport wine on a long-haul flight ever again. Here’s how to do it.
I want to introduce you to a service I recently heard of that makes getting from Point A to Point B with extra bags a whole heck of a lot easier. It’s called SendMyBag and I wish I’d heard of it years ago! Read on for my SendMyBag review!
Tom, Dagny, my in-laws and I just got back from a long weekend in Brittany (birthday gift to me) and yes, it still has that special sparkle. Here’s a quick recap.
Tom, my in-laws, Dagny and I went on a canal cruise in Alsace in September and had a wonderful time discovering the region, the canals and the locks along the way. If you’re thinking of booking a similar trip, read on for my canal cruise tips.
You’re just in time for the next installment all about our canal cruise trip in Alsace. Today I’m talking destinations and be sure to scroll to the end to watch a fun video I put together of the entire trip!
What are locks, how do they work, and what are some tips for operating one? Read on and be sure to scroll to the end for a video I made all about going through canal locks!
Over the years I’ve been guilty of killing my feet in the name of fashion. I’ve also gone the other…
Seeing a new-to-us region of France from a different vantage point sounded exciting, so Tom, Dagny and my in-laws set off for our Nicols canal boating experience in Alsace.
In the coming weeks, I plan on giving you all the details of our canal boating experience along with a few videos, but today’s post is a little intro to canal cruising in France.
We took our very first hot air balloon ride above the town of Chinon and I’d recommend it to anyone. Be sure to scroll to the end of the post for a fun video I made of our ride. Let me tell you all about our hot air balloon experience in the Loire Valley!
Check out my interview with a flight attendant — my cousin David. He’s talking about pay, his scariest moments on the job and what people get wrong about being a flight attendant.