Rester, c’est exister, mais voyager c’est vivre ~Gustave Nadaud (To stay is to exist, but to travel is to live)
Audrey Hepburn famously said, “Paris is always a good idea,” and so it is. I would enlarge her love note to the City of Light to include the entire nation. Whether your quest is for classic cuisine in Paris or Dijon, to play boules with the old guys in Provence, harvest walnuts in the Dordogne valley or pay homage to the participants of the D-Day invasion, you will find what you seek here and more, so much more. I have visited France on at least five occasions. Each time I came away thinking that I was like the blind men in the parable, each touching a different part of an elephant and exclaiming, “Aha! I know what an elephant is.” To know a single region of France is to miss out on all she has to offer, but then again, it gives you a chance to return. Ooh la la!
Dispatches from France
If there is a bargain to be found in Paris, it is the not-quite-humble cup of café. Not so much the drink itself, but front-row seat it buys, to Possess Paris: rest awhile, absorb the culture and watch a slice of French life pass before your very eyes.
Everyone, it seems, makes their way to Paris eventually, and they all seem to be at the same sites you want to visit. What’s a savvy traveler to do? The unexpected, that’s what. Read Part 1 of Alternative Paris.
Go subterranean or go home! Take a trip to the Paris Catacombs in Part 2 of Alternative Paris.
Steal an hour or two from the rush and bustle that is Paris. Head for the rue des Rosiers: the heart of the Jewish Quarter in Part 3 of Alternative Paris.
You don’t need to be one of Victor Hugo’s characters to visit the Sewer Museum of Paris. Part 4 of Alternative Paris.
Look for more tales from France, coming soon.