Useful facts for travel to France

Useful facts to help you plan your visit to France Festivals Public Holidays Visas Health Language Time Electricity Weights & Measures Money, Banks etc. Emergencies Telephone, fax Post Museums and monuments Festivals Festivals, both traditional and modern (eg Avignon Theatre Festival in July) are not so plentiful as in Spain, but worth looking out for: […]

Travel to France

Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees

Travel to France for a Europe Tour with Joie de Vivre! There’s a lot more to France than Paris and Provence. Travel to France involves a journey into the whole French way of looking at the world, and life. Not for nothing do we use the french words “savoir-faire” and “joie de vivre”! France lies […]

Classical Concerts in Famous Paris Churches

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

Paris Classical Concerts in Heavenly Settings: Paris is a city that’s rich in beautiful and historical churches and cathedrals, many of which date back to medieval times. From the small Romanesque churches to the great Gothic cathedrals, many of these Paris churches are on the popular tourist trails. Apart from their exquisite architecture, many of […]

Château de Versailles – Royal Serenade & Night Fountains

Palais de Versailles

Château de Versailles – An Evening of Royal Serenade & Night Fountains: The Château de Versailles or Palace of Versailles, home to three French monarchs, is one of France’s top attractions. Millions of visitors come to Versailles each year to admire the Palace and its magnificent gardens. The exquisite furniture, art and antiques in the […]

A Visit to Rungis Market – by Ken Osei

Rungis Market

For Any Serious “Foodie” a Trip to Rungis is Worthwhile: An article that I had read on this website about the Marché Rungis inspired me to include a Rungis market visit as part of our Paris trip itinerary in early January 2013.  Rungis offers group guided tours of the market on the second Friday of […]

New Year’s Concerts in Paris

New Year's Concerts in Paris

New Year in Paris: Enjoy a Range of New Year Concerts at Famous Churches in Paris: If you’re spending New Year in Paris, I’m envious! For those looking to enjoy the New Year in Paris with some beautiful classical music, the City of Light has much to offer.  Paris has some of the most beautiful […]

Grand Theâtre and the Opéra de Dijon

Opera de Dijon

Grand Theâtre – The Grand Opera Venue of the Opéra de Dijon: As the name implies, the Grand Theâtre de Dijon on Place Theâtre is a grand opera house in the historic centre of Dijon. Each season, the Opéra de Dijon and a variety of different companies perform an eclectic mixture of operas, from the […]

Salle Pleyel – A Celebrated Concert Hall in Paris

Concerts in Paris

Salle Pleyel – A Celebrated Concert Hall in the Most Fashionable Paris Street The Salle Pleyel is a performing arts centre on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, one of the most fashionable streets in Paris. The concert hall hosts some 200 concerts each year and the building is also home to the Orchestre de Paris and […]

My Top 10 Free Things to Do in Paris

Shopping in Paris: Galeries Lafayette

Paris resident Allison Lounes chooses ten of her favourite free activities in the City of Lights! Going to Paris can be expensive. Unfortunately, most of the popular tourist attractions like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower are pricey too. While you certainly shouldn’t neglect the most famous museums and attractions in the world, you don’t […]

Immerse Yourself in the Music World at the Cité de la Musique

Cite de la Musique

Cité de la Musique – Paris City of Music: The Cité de la Musique in Paris is a venue which offers music lovers the opportunity to be totally immersed in the music world. More than just a venue for music performances, the Cité de la Musique contains the Musée de la Musique which has an […]

Marché Rungis – The World’s Largest Fresh Produce Market

Cheese at the Marché Rungis, wholesale market

Marché Rungis (Rungis Market) is the World’s Largest Fresh Produce Wholesale Market: For the foodie, Paris has always offered the opportunity to visit lively neighbourhood food markets where all kinds of wonderful foods are on display.  If, like me, you enjoy visiting Paris markets and finding out about the seasonal food in Paris, there is […]

Reblochon – The Cheese Name With Quite a Story

Reblochon Cheese

Reblochon Cheese is From the Haute-Savoie Region and is AOC Accredited: We first came across Reblochon cheese when we were travelling in Annecy. This soft washed-rind and smear-ripened French cheese is a specialty of the Haute-Savoie region and so as cheese lovers we had some of this delicious cheese. Reblochon was first produced in the […]