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!
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August 10, 2015
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.
August 3, 2015
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.
July 20, 2015
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.
July 6, 2015
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.
June 8, 2015
Corsica, the French island in the Mediterranean, is a wonderful choice for a side trip when visiting France. But it can be confusing to figure out how to get there; after all, it’s not exactly on the TGV train network, and when you’re looking at a map it seems like it would be easier to arrive from Italy than from France. (It’s due south of Genoa, Italy off the Tuscan coast.) But never fear! We are here to tell you how to get to Corsica quickly, easily, and within your trip budget.