Marseille. Photo courtesy of Tony Bowden on Flickr

What You Should Know About Visiting Marseille

There’s been a lot of talk in the travel press about Marseille – that it’s making a comeback, that it’s never left, that it’s safer than ever, that it’s still gritty, that the Year of Culture it just hosted has changed it into an arts Mecca. But is visiting Marseille making it onto traveler’s itineraries? Or is it still the city of France’s newest immigrants and cruise day trippers?

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April 16, 2014 by
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The Famous Pont d’Avignon.

Pont d’Avignon, Avignon’s Famous Bridge

The real name of the Pont d’Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is actually the Pont Saint-Bénézet – but thanks to the famous children’s song, it is referred to simply as the Pont d’Avignon.

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April 9, 2014 by
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Chateau Hill in Nice

A view of the port from Chateau Hill Nice

The wonderful combination of cafe culture and beach culture makes Nice a sure-fire destination for those visiting the French Riviera. But once you visit Chateau Hill Nice may never look the same again. In fact, you may just fall in love with the city once you see it from up high!

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April 2, 2014 by
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Beaches in Nice

Grab a sofa! On the beach!

If you’re looking to mix with the locals on the French Riviera, the beaches in Nice should be where you’re headed. They’re used by everyone, all year ’round, and are a load of fun. Here’s what you need to know to take full advantage of the beaches in Nice.

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March 12, 2014 by
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The Foodie’s Guide to Lyon

Food Lover’s Guide to Lyon. Photo courtesy of Marko Kudjerski on Flickr

You’ll hardly find an argument against French food in France. Sure, there are the random clunkers; but for the most part, you’ll find market-fresh food prepared lovingly and served with pride. But mention that you’re going to Lyon, and foodies will swoon. They’ll wax romantic about the food there. But what are they talking about exactly? What should you absolutely not miss? Fear not! Here is our foodies guide to Lyon.

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March 5, 2014 by
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Best Day Trips from Nice

Antibes. Photo courtesy of David Baron on Flickr

With direct flights from New York and easy access via TGV from Paris, Nice is quickly becoming the go-to southern base for visitors who want to explore a different part of France. While you can spend a lot of time in Nice itself, it’s also a great base for day trips around the region. Here are our picks for the best day trips from Nice.

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March 3, 2014 by
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4 of the Most Beautiful Places in the French Riviera

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Anyone who returns from a trip to the French Riviera will tell you that it’s shockingly beautiful – especially for being so busy. The French just have a knack for combining modern amenities with Old World charm and at the same time, preserving the natural beauty of the region. That’s great news for anyone who’s planning a trip here, but there’s one catch: There are scores of villages and cities along the coast, and no one has enough time to see them all. But have no fear! We are here to help, with our picks for the most beautiful places in the French Riviera. See you there!

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February 12, 2014 by
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20 Romantic Things to Do in Provence

Take pictures… then take a nap. Photo courtesy of Christopher Michel on Flickr

Are there romantic things to do in Provence? You betcha! Here are our top 20 picks. Enjoy – and vive l’amore!

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February 5, 2014 by
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Nice Carnival

Nice Carnival: Just before the Parade of Lights. Photo courtesy of Deb Collins on Flickr

In 2014 the Nice Carnival will be celebrating its 130th year of fun and frolicking before the Catholic Lenten season, and its theme is “The King of Gastronomy” – which sounds like it’s going to be a real feast as well! Let’s take a look at what you can expect at the Nice Carnival, no matter what year you decide to come.

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January 29, 2014 by
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Port of Call: Toulon

Port of Call Toulon. Photo courtesy of yves Tennevin on Flickr

Long a favorite port of call, Toulon is a popular port city on the western end of the French Riviera. It has a cute historical center, and if you don’t want to stray too far from your cruise ship, you could do worse than spending the day there.

But the real of draw of Toulon is not the city itself, but rather its strategic location along the coast. Sure, first-time Mediterranean cruisers might prefer Nice or Monaco, but Toulon – at least from this local’s point of view – is where it’s at if you want to have a unique shore excursion experience.

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January 1, 2014 by
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