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Shanna and the baguette in front of Notre Dame

Reverse Culture Shock: 8 Things That Are Irritating Me Since I Left France

Most of the time, I hear people talking about going into “culture shock” when they arrive in a foreign country.  For me, when I left France, the culture shock that I experienced was the shock of returning to the United States.  There are so many things here now that never really irritated me before, but […]

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Mediterranean, South of France

Fabulous Friday Foto: The South of France – Endless Miles of Sun Kissed Coastline

Ah, the beautiful coast line of the south of France on the Mediterranean ocean!  Perpetually blue water that looks to good to be true, kissing endless miles of beautiful beaches and dramatic coastline.  This looks even more inviting now than it did when I was visiting France in July (the cold weather is just setting in here […]

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Cote du Rhone village

Postcards from Provence: Leaving France-Reflections from my Trip to Provence

I left on my trip to Provence with the idea in my mind of seeing the lavender fields in bloom.  While I am not sure if I fully realized that particular goal, I gathered so much joy from this trip that I am not sure if I have the right words to summarize it.  Let […]

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Sunset in the South of France

Fabulous Friday Foto: Sunset in the South of France

The perfect end to a perfect day in the South of France !  This was snapped as we were leaving Millau, France after visiting the Millau Viaduct and the Tarn Gorge.

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Carcassonne Castle at night after Bastille Day fireworks

Pictures of France: Bastille Day in Carcassonne

Here are some memorable pictures of France from Bastille Day in Carcassonne. If you are looking for more pictures of France as well as information for planning your own trip to Carcassonne for Bastille Day, check out these other informative pieces: Planning your Trip to Carcassonne for Bastille Day in France Bastille Day in France: […]

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Carcassonne Castle at night after Bastille Day fireworks

Waking up with Naked Men in Carcassonne France

I awoke in Carcassonne France a little rough around the edges this morning surrounded by mostly naked men. Bastille Day in France had treated my very well.  I enjoyed it sitting along the edge of the river in Carcassonne France picnicking and drinking a little too much French wine while waiting for the spectacular fireworks show that was […]

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Bastille Day Fireworks in Carcsonne France

Bastille Day in France: The Fireworks in Carcassonne

If you are just tuning in, check out part I of our account of spending Bastille Day in France here. With nothing else to do for 10 hours, I am “doing as the Romans do,” sitting on the bank of the Aude river getting slightly tipsy on French wine (ok, if you asked my travel […]

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Bastille Day Fireworks in Carcsonne France

Planning your Trip to Carcassonne for Bastille Day in France

Carcassonne, France attracts approximately 700,000 each year to see thousands of pounds of colorful explosives shot off from the ramparts of Carcassonne castle.  Bastille Day in France is an experience that you will remember for a long time. I am very happy that we got out early this morning  to stake out our spot for […]

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Carcassonne Castle at Night

Carcassonne Hotels and Restaurants: Spending the Night in Carcassonne France on a Budget

I learned a secret about Carcassonne France;  something that the majority of the  approximately 4 million people who visit each year don’t know.  In order to fully appreciate and take in all of the wonderfulness that is Carcassonne France, you have  to spend the night there.  These tips will help you to find Carcassonne hotels […]

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Cote du Rhone Villages

Velo en Provence: Bicycling in the Cote Du Rhone Region of Provence

Our day spent bicycling through the Cote du Rhone villages in France was one of the best days of our trip, and it has been filed away in my heart as one of my all time favorite travel experiences. The Cote du Rhone is a specific wine growing region in France.  It is situated around […]

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