A Return to France

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That’s right, my friends. I’m going back to France. There’s so much more to see and do.

I will be in France for a total of 35 days, meeting my family towards the latter part for our epic Storybook adventure.

But before we get too ahead of ourselves, I wanted to let you know where I will be the weeks before that in the hopes that you will follow along and keep me company, as you so often do with all your lovely comments and feedback, while I explore this beautiful country some more.

I will kick off my trip with Uniworld Cruises, a luxury boutique river cruise line that will take me along the banks of Bordeaux so that I may experience it again, but this time by water. My itinerary is full of amazing excursions that I am looking forward to photographing and sharing with you as I go along.


mapbord copy 2 Uniworld Cruise is operated by The Travel Corporation, the same company under which Insight Vacations operates. After my time with Insight, I have no doubt this to will be an unforgettable journey.

After the cruise, I will be heading somewhat North of France, where I will explore cities yet unknown to me. Follow me as I get to know the beautiful cities of:


Reims, FranceVilledommange_ Champagne ©Michel Jolyot

Dijon, FrancePlace de la libération centre ville de Dijon © ATOUT FRANCE Michel Angot

Poitiers, FranceClain et église Saint-Jean de Montierneuf – Mairie de Poitie

These wonderful 8 days will then be followed by another river cruise, this time a bit more hands-on with Le Boat along the Canal du Midi.

Le Boat

Then I will travel to Montpellier for a bit.

And after all of this, I will meet my family in Toulouse, where the adventure continues.

It will be exciting and crazy and fun. It will also be the longest I have ever been away from my family, which will make the time I spend with them when they meet me in France all that much sweeter.

I look forward to hearing from you and reading your comments. There will be days when I expect to be mesmerized by it all and others where my heart will ache for my loved ones here at home, but the end result is one we are really excited about.

More to come!


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Carol Cain

Carol is her happiest when on an adventure, either close to home or farther away. She's the mom to three fun boys and wife to a handsome Irish/Scot. She lives in New Jersey with her happy crew, but will always be a girl from Brooklyn. You can read her full profile here.

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6 Responses to A Return to France

  1. I think it’s good to take trips without your family and get some good self-care time in. I haven’t had any time to myself in weeks and it’s making me a grouchy mama. Your trip to France sounds amazing. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    • caincarol says:

      Time alone is very important. But I\’ve also realized that often times despite how much we yearn for time away from the kids, there\’s really only so much free time we can have before we start missing them terribly.

  2. Elena says:

    Looks like a wonderful itinerary Carol—cannot wait to follow along!

  3. claudia s. says:

    So exciting. You go girl!

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