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About Christine Cantera

Christine Cantera is a freelance writer and has been based out of Italy and France since 2002. She has written for Men's Journal, Fortnighter, Condé Nast, and has cooked her signature pasta dish on Italian morning television. Christine's personal travel writing nom de plume is Miss Expatria. Breakfast and wine are her two favorite food groups.

5 Reasons to Visit Montpellier

August 17, 2015

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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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Walking Tours of Lyon

August 10, 2015

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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.

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Take a Normandy Apple Cider Tour

August 3, 2015

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And don't forget that yummy Calvados!

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.

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Getting Around Lille

July 20, 2015

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Getting Around Lille

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.

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Discover Burgundy Wine And Cheese

July 6, 2015

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Discover Burgundy Wine And Cheese

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.

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How To Get To Corsica

June 8, 2015

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How To Get To Corsica

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.

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