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 France canal cruise on the Canal du Midi. Pretty doesn’t even begin to describe it! Read on for our DIY canal cruise Canal du Midi trip!
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.
After our first self-piloted canal cruise, people asked me whether or not someone new to boating can do this type of vacation. Can a total beginner handle a canal boat? What’s a good beginner canal cruise?
DIY canal cruises in France are a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you HAVE to try it for yourself. 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.
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 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.
Sometimes Mother Nature likes to tease us with glimpses of an early spring. This weekend was gorgeous, in the 50s out and sunny. We headed west to a Loire-Atlantique beach.
Even on an overcast day, Rochefort-en-Terre is spectacular. The Brittany village located in the Morbihan department was voted “Le Village…
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.
I have the pleasure of introducing Emily Durand of Your Private Provence to you today. Until she wrote this post for my readers below, I had no idea that Provence is such a major player in France’s apple scene or that Emily and her family has acres and acres of apple orchards!
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. A DIY canal cruise is an amazing experience for anyone who wants to experience France’s canals from the water. Alsace was rural and beautiful.
Today’s post is a little intro to canal cruising in France. Here are some details from our canal boat in Alsace.
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 Q & A 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. Hope you enjoy this flight attendant interview!
I’ve been in France for 4.5 years now and there are definitely a few reasons why I don’t miss living in the USA. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
The small town of Clisson in the Loire-Atlantique is one that comes to mind for me, and Tom, Dagny and I booked a hotel last Saturday night as home base while we explored the town.