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Travelling with Kids: Haribo Candy Museum

While I’m anticipating our next trip to France, I’m thinking of the places where we visited during our last stay. In fact, we visiting some very interesting and fun villages and sites, but I neglected to post anything about them. Why? I’m ashamed to say it, but here goes: I was mad that I had to leave! Yes, I said it. It’s true. I didn’t want to think about it once I returned home. Not that normal life is bad – to the contrary, there is a lot to feel grateful for. We live in beautiful San Francisco, have a great house, a happy family, etc. But driving down the street while I do errands I might see any number of cute places and I think, “Oh, that would be fun to hang out there” and then I think, “When…?” Lack of time is a very real dilemma and a big reason to wish

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Ardèche, Auvergne, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Blog, Charming, Dessert, Explore, Ferme Auberge, Food, France, French, l'eau de vie, Loire, Lyon, market, Montpellier, Rhone-Alpes, Shopping, Travel, Vacation, Village

Food Shopping in France

Take butter for instance. There are so many brands: President, Montfleuri, Elle & Vivre, Grand Fermage, Reflets de France, le Marin, Paysan Breton, and the supermarket’s own brand, Carrefour. Whew, I may have even missed some. Within all those brands,…

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Puppets & Dentistry: Guignol de Lyon

What do puppets and tooth extraction have in common? Imagine a crowd has gathered on the street in Lyon, in about the year 1797; people laughing and clapping. You push forward to see what it’s all about and you see…

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Architecture, Blog, Castle, Charming, Chateau, Explore, France, French, Guides, History, Inspiration, Lyon, Rhone-Alpes, Travel, Village

A Visit to Hidden Malleval, France

On a winding road from Lyon toward Saint-Étienne, hidden in the high craggy hills, sits a magical little stone village called Malleval. Although this area isn’t famous for shopping and glamorous fashion, what you will find is the picturesque charm…

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Architecture, Ardèche, Cafe, Charming, chestnuts, Food, France, French, History, Joyeuse, marché, market, marrons, Rhone-Alpes, Travel, Village

Joyeuse: Summer in Ardèche

Joyeuse is a medieval village in Ardèche, France. It’s hard to believe that its population is about 2,000, because on Wednesdays the village is bustling with visitors attending the largest market in Ardèche. The market is held every Wednesday and there are over 500…

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Travelling in Ardèche: Aubenas

Aubenas was our first stop in Ardèche. It’s a town in the southwest of France, with a population of about 12,000 people. We parked at a outdoor parking lot on the outskirts of the city center, and walked just a few…

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Travelling in Ardèche: Sanilhac

Sanilhac in the Ardèche is what we’d call “in the boonies”. It has a population of about 300 people and the setting is just beautiful. We stayed at La Bastide de Sanilhac and it was beautifully renovated, relaxing, and it had…

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