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

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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: […]

2014 Tour de France – Ride Paris Before the Real Riders Do

Tour de France Paris Bike Ride

Paris Bike Ride – Your Chance to Ride a Part of the 2014 Tour de France Paris Course: For the many cycling enthusiasts heading to France to follow the 2014 Tour de France, here’s an interesting thing to do – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride along a part of the Official 2014 Tour de France […]

Fête Nationale: What’s on in Paris on Bastille Day 2014

Fete Nationale, 14th July

Bastille Day Concert, Fireworks and the Firefighters’ Balls – Paris: During the past week we’ve seen the City of Paris in preparation mode for Bastille Day 2014 celebrations.  As we are in the south of France, we will not be here to join in the grand celebrations, but here is a taste of what’s in […]

Tour de France 2014 – Le Tour

TDF 2012 Route Map

Tour de France 2014 – From Leeds to Paris Champs-Élysées: The 101st Tour de France starts from Leeds in the U.K. on Saturday July 5th and finishes in Paris on Sunday, July 27th, 2014. This year’s race is made up of 21 stages covering a distance of 3,656 kilometres and will take us through Race […]

Money in France: the Euro

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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 […]

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 […]