While planning a trip to France, you’ll often read about “hidden gems” or “off the beaten path” destinations. But Montpellier is hiding in plain sight; it’s the fastest-growing city in the country, and one which the French themselves routinely vote as one of the top places to live. Yet many visitors have only the vaguest idea where it is, and know little to nothing about its best features. So without further ado, I’d like to tell you a bit about my adopted home, and give you some reasons to get off the beaten path and into this hidden gem!
Lyon is a massive city with an efficient tram system that you’ll find yourself using often. But once in a given neighborhood, you’ll find that walking around and getting lost in the streets and traboules (hidden passageways) is the best way to discover this hidden jewel of a city.
The Normandy region of France has millennia of history, and it’s arguably the number one reason why people visit. But it’s also one of the top agricultural spots in the country – and apples, pardon the pun, are their bread and butter.
It’s no secret that when it comes to French cuisine, Lyon takes the cake—or, rather, the macaron. So when I found myself in Lyon recently, I decided I wanted to do more than simply eat at the local bouchons, I wanted to peek into the notorious French kitchen and try my hand at baking something, so I signed up for the two-hour French Pastry and Dessert Class at L’atelier des Chefs, a famous cooking school with several branches around the country.
As befitting a major city, Lille has an extensive public transportation network. And it’s well-connected to the city’s transport hubs, too, so you can in and out of town easily. Let’s take a look at your transportation options for getting around Lille.
If this writer may speak personally for a moment, I’m so excited about this new Burgundy wine and cheese tour. Like much of eastern France, Burgundy is woefully unappreciated, and hopefully this tour will make visitors fall in love with this gorgeous, fruitful region that the French themselves swoon over.