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A Travel Pro’s Favorite Places in Provence


A visit to Provence – one of the most visited areas in France – is the second post in the Barefoot Blogger travel series by Nancy McGee of Absolutely Southern France. Nancy has lived in southern France for over 30 years, so she knows her way around. When asked, “What do you recommend when tourists want to […]

A Foodie Holiday in Antibes

Antibes has a special attraction for me. Perhaps it’s the architecture and the narrow colorful avenues. It could be the quaint little hotel where I stay that’s so close to little shops and outdoor cafes, yet so hidden away. On my most recent visit, the main attraction was the food. Here’s a look at Antibes restaurant favorites

Les Plus Beaux Villages de France

There’s a new obsession running around in my head: “Visit as many of France’s ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages‘ as I possibly can.” So far, I’ve seen only 13 out of some 156 “authentic” Les Plus Beaux Villages. I have a lot of traveling to do. Les Plus Beaux Villages 156 communities in France are distinguished […]

Today’s French Lesson: “Parler de l’Amour”

It’s St. Valentine’s Day. What better time to learn French, the language of love? During today’s French lesson at IS Aix-en-Provence, we dove into a treasure chest of words and phrases the French use to express their feelings of love. Would your heart pitter-patter if your loved one called you “ma Puce” (my Flea)? If […]

Learning French: Pétanque, Pastis et Passé Composé

If I had known that learning French is fun, I would have gone to IS-AIX long ago. Perhaps it’s fun now because I’m in one of the most beautiful towns in France: Aix-en-Provence. Learning French is fun Perhaps French is fun because I love weekend markets. Or it’s fun because boulangeries and chocolate shops are […]

French Lessons in Aix-en-Provence

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If I could choose any place in the world for French lessons, it would be Aix-en-Provence. Just being here makes me feel like speaking French. The cozy cafes… Elegant courtyards with fountains… …and colorful neighborhood markets.   The language will surely sink in. French lessons at IS Aix-en-Provence My first days at IS Aix-en-Provence have […]

Aix-en-Provence in One Day

What if you had only one day in Aix-en-Provence? That was our challenge when planning this year’s South of France Memories Tour

The Perfect Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour When visitors to the south of France ask which Châteauneuf-du-Pape wineries to visit, here’s the best Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tour  I know. The wine-growing region that covers approximately 3,200 hectares (12.4 miles) of land in the Rhone Valley is home to some of France’s most well-known… and pricey wines. Unless you know much […]