I’m Jan, an avid runner from Toronto, Canada (running in French races, of course) and recently retired Principal with careers in advertising and education. I have always enjoyed learning, researching, helping people, and writing and have now discovered a way to combine all of these passions with my love of France.
I’ve travelled to France more than 24 times and my friends and family would often ask me to help them plan their trips. So I’ve been able to save them time and money travelling there. And, as I had done so many of the things mentioned in tour books I love to share my unique experiences with them because today, the best memories of trips are not from one’s purchases, but from their experiences.
When I did the reverse (north to south), I really enjoyed stopping in the Ardeche (2 days in the Ardeche). There are caves, kayaking, and the gorge...kind of like the Grand Canyon. I stayed in a B and B near Vallon Pont d'Arc (where there is the famous arc that... See More
I actually wanted to do that a few years ago, but discovered the cost to pick up in Barcelona and drop off in France was over $500, so instead, I took the train from Paris to Barcelona, spent time there, took the train from Barcelona to Perpignan, France and picked up a... See More
As you'll have a car, you really should visit the hilltop villages in Provence. My favourite is Gordes. There are so many beautiful towns to visit, such as Saint-Remy-de-Provence and L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.... See More
Hi Jeffery: You mention that you want to have a month in Pariswhere you can meet people. I don't think Paris is the best choice. I love it and travel there often, but Paris is a big city and very impersonal. You may have more difficulty getting... See More
Yes, technically you could see Paris in a day; however, if it's your first time, you'll be missing SO much. If you could, then DO stay for a day and a half. I recently wrote a post on what to do for 3 days. It might help. Also check out the Top sites in Paris and... See More
Depending on your route, I really liked Lyon, Avignon, and Montpellier. I visited Bordeaux and Carcassonne and especially liked Carcassonne. Guess it all depends on your route. Just south of Bordeaux is Biarritz.... See More
Looking for suggestions: I'm off to France and Switzerland in July. I'll be staying in the French Alps and then Switzerland. I'm looking for somewhere new to visit IN FRANCE based on this: I have 2 nights after Switzerland (just south of Montreux) before I fly... See More
I would like to do some hiking in France in July. Ideally I would do a self-catered vacation (take care of my own meals) but would prefer to take guided day hikes as i am a novice. I can do a trail on my own for a few days; but if I go up really high I would like... See More
As you will be passing by Avignon and the Provence area, I highly suggest you visit some of the small hilltop villages, such as Gordes and Menerbes. Don't miss going to the markets (especially L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue).... See More