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!
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.
For those of us in relationships with someone from another country, meeting the family can be quite an experience. That goes double when your partner’s native language differs from your own. Here are some tips for when the foreign in-laws meet. Take a deep breath.
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!
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.
Normandy, oh Normandy. How nice it was to see you again! The last time I was in Normandy was about…
Last month, Tom and I cruised from Paris to Honfleur aboard the CroisiEurope ship the Seine Princess. First stop? Paris and Versailles.
Tom and I recently spent a long weekend cruising on the Seine River from Paris to Normandy aboard CroisiEurope’s MS Seine Princess, and there’s something about seeing a place from the water that’s really special.
I guess you could say I’m pretty used to my life in small-town French these days, so a change-up to my routine in bustling Southern Florida was sure to mix things up. Here are some of the culture surprises I experienced while there.
We’re baaaaaaack! Tom and I are back from the US and had a great trip full of sun, shopping, family and more.
Let’s get to this edition of Monday Mishmash!
Over Memorial Day weekend, Tom and I will be traveling to the USA to visit friends and family! We haven’t been there in over a year and a half! What am I looking forward to the most on our vacation in the USA?
If you spend any time near France’s Loire River, you’ll notice a variety of animal life and vessels including small…