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Highlights of Dijon, France

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It was a beautiful summer day when I arrived to Dijon, France. I quickly dropped off my bags in my hotel room at the trendy, Michelin rated Le Chapeau Rouge, slipped into some comfortable walking shoes and headed out. I hadn’t been to this beautiful city in two years but I remembered how much I enjoyed walking through it. I also noticed how much it had changed during that time.

Trams were now operating across the city and more areas had been renovated and designated as pedestrian-only. It felt airy and open.

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Highlights of Mâcon, France

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One of the things that I have loved in visiting France over the years is that no two cities are ever completely alike. Sure, there is the architecture and food and of course language, but even these are influenced by elements unique to its historical past and region. Even the language is different throughout the country. I haven’t learned to identify the differences, but my French friends swear that they can tell where a person is from based on their accent. Just like in the U.S., just like in so many places.

Mâcon is one of those places with unique traits that make it different from other cities I have visited. Though the colors of the shutters and buildings may remind visitors of Southern France, Mâcon is considered part of the Saône-et-Loire region in Burgundy.

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Road trip thru France’s Most Beautiful Destinations

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Over the past three years, I’ve shared some fun adventures in travel through France. Many will agree that train travel through the country is one of the fastest ways to get around, and I agree, if you have the extra budget and if you don’t get stuck in the middle of a train strike, which happens often and unexpectedly and for extra effect, usually take place during the summer months when visits to the country is at its highest.

If you are up for the challenge, have the time, and are open to an adventure, I recommend taking a road trip through France instead. I have done this a few times now and have found that two weeks is a nice time to cover the best of any one region.

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Rhone Valley, France: Road Maps and Photo Tour

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Every time I visit a new destination in France I think that I have seen the one that beats them all, until I visit another. I’m learning that it’s difficult to compare regions with each other because they are all so different and each have something beautiful to offer. I am also learning that it is incredibly easy to make room in my heart for many parts of France.

What I most loved about the Rhone Valley, besides its fabulous wine, is the sweetness of its fruits and the smell of lavender and herbs in the summer breeze. If you are a food lover this area along with cities like Avignon and Lyon are an absolute must visit.

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What to See, Eat, & Do in the Champagne Region of France

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There is a difference between simply drinking a glass of champagne at home and drinking a glass after having toured the champagne house from which it comes from. Not to say that it tastes bad, just that it seems to taste better – or so is my belief after having toured the Champagne region of France this past summer.

Of course, I say all of this jokingly but also in part to express my deeper appreciate for this delightful bubbly since my trip.

The region of Champagne, which was established long before the bubbly was even produced, located in the Northeast of France, a little over 2 hour drive from Paris. 

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Family Vacation Destinations in France

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In my hope to help you plan your own family vacation through France, I have shared details of our own trip.

So far, I’ve shared tips on how to rent a country home in Renting a GÎte in France. Then I’ve shared tips and lessons learned while Planning a Family Vacation in France.

In this post, I want to highlight the fun places we visited during our trip.

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Planning a Family Vacation in France

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Our recent vacation to France has only been our second trip outside of the country together.

It’s expensive to travel internationally as a large family and though I want to encourage those with kids to travel together, I also understand if you want to wait till you feel the time is more ideal, especially if your kids are still very little. We don’t have family overseas that we can stay with or visit, we don’t even have friends who will host me and my kids, or to hang out with us and show us the best spots for local families. Like most people, we are winging it on a budget.

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Renting a Gite in France

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When my husband and I decided to vacation in France with the kids, we knew immediately that we would want to rent a house or large apartment.

As our family gets older and with all of us wanting more space, vacation home rentals are just the way to go. They are also huge money-savers from not having to eat out all the time, be entertained all the time just to get out of the hotel, and the needing an extra hotel room to accommodate the kids.

When it came to lodging during our week at the Midi-Pyrenees, we had several options: hotels, many of which would need more than one room to accommodate my large family, an apartment in the center of the city, or a gîte. I chose a gîte, which was the most costly upfront, but eventually balanced out in what we saved from not having to eat out every night, especially in Toulouse which is pricey.

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Our #Storybook Family Aventure in France

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It’s been 22 days since I last saw my family – well, that is if you don’t count the endless hours on Facetime and Skype. It’s been the longest time that I have been away from them, an incredible endurance test for my husband who has juggled work and children, last days of school, emergency doctor and dentist visits, and missing me. It’s been new for me, buried in work, though on the surface it may seem I had it easier.

Regardless, it’s been hard for us being apart. We are an incredibly close family and we have missed each other dearly. What has kept us excited through it all has been our upcoming family vacation here in France! For fifteen glorious days we will be traveling through France make sure we discover, eat, and spend time together.

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Wine Adventures through The Loire Valley, France

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The Loire Valley in Central France is often called The Garden of France due to its many vineyards.

Celebrated for its architecture, wine, and historic destinations – many of which are UNESCO Heritage Sites – this is a beautiful area to visit if you love wine, nature, and don’t mind driving to get to either or both. That is because many of the towns that make up the valley, such as AmboiseAngersBloisChinonOrléansSaumur, and Tours, are not all easily accessible by train and to get a glimpse of their lovely castles and caves, as well as their vineyards and wines, you must do as I did and rent a car.

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