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 […]

Useful facts for travel to France

France Tricolor

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: […]

Marchés de Noël – Christmas Markets in Paris 2014

Christmas Market in Paris

PARIS CHRISTMAS MARKET DATES 2014: Christmas markets (Marchés de Noël) have caught on in many towns and cities in France and have become part and parcel of the pre-Christmas activities and attractions. Paris has a good spread of Christmas markets and some of the biggest and best in the centre of Paris are included below: […]

Locations and Dates of Paris Christmas Markets 2014

Marches-de-Noel

Marchés de Noël 2014 – Where to Find Paris Christmas Markets and Dates: Christmas is fast approaching, and for those who love Christmas markets, there are more Marchés de Noël in Paris than just those in the Champs-Elysées and central Paris. From the gigantic Christmas market at La Défense to the smaller village-like market at Saint-Germain-des-Prés, […]

Normandy Christmas Markets 2014

Fête de Noël a Normandie

Enjoy Normandy Christmas Markets and Events in Historical Locations: Like many of France’s beautiful towns and villages, Normandy has many Christmas markets and events in historical locations. Below are some places where you can taste French Christmas treats, do some pre-Christmas shopping and enjoy Christmas events to get you into the festive spirit. Normandy Christmas […]

Christmas Concerts in Beautiful Paris Churches – 2014

Paris at winter time

CHRISTMAS IN PARIS: ENJOY A RANGE OF CHRISTMAS CONCERTS AT FAMOUS CHURCHES IN PARIS: Paris has some of the most beautiful and historical churches and many of these are regular venues for classical music performances.  During the festive season these famous churches traditionally host special Christmas concerts. If you’re spending Christmas in Paris, you can […]

Money in France: the Euro

France Tricolor

France: Money: All about the Euro (€) As of January 1, 2002, the euro (€) replaced the national currency of 12 countries within the European Union, including France. You can exchange currency at any bank branch (hours are listed below). Automatic cash machines can be found in most commercial centres.   French Euro Banknotes The […]

Christmas Illuminations – Paris Christmas Lights 2014

Paris Christmas Lights

Where to See Paris Christmas Lights: Visitors to Paris at Christmas are in for a treat. Towards the end of November, Paris turns on its Christmas magic with thousands of Christmas fairy lights, showing that it is truly the “City of Light”. And, there are some interesting lighting concepts to enjoy as well. Paris Christmas […]

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 […]