Nantes, Loire-Atlantique

Nantes, Loire-Atlantique

Catching a domestic flight from Nice was easy. By this point in the trip, the French words for “exit”, “ticket”, and “line” were second nature. We printed our boarding passes online, checked our bags (which were now bulging at the seams with souvenirs  and gifts), didn’t have to remove our shoes for security, and boarded … Continue reading

Nice, The French Riviera

Nice, The French Riviera

After 2 nights in Antibes, we headed for a short 15-20 minute train ride to Nice.  We attempted to bus to our hotel – but with our luck, the bus we took had either broke down or stopped service after only a couple minutes.  We couldn’t understand the bus driver’s announcement, and many other people … Continue reading

Antibes, The French Riviera

Antibes, The French Riviera

Days 12-14: After an amazing 2 days in Avignon (our favorite stop on the entire trip), we had a lengthy train ride to Antibes. Passing through the hills of Provence and nearing the Mediterranean Sea, we finally glimpsed the ocean within the last 30 minutes of the train ride. Off the train, we were headed … Continue reading

Avignon, Provence

Avignon, Provence

Obviously it’s been quite some time since Jen and I returned from our trip to France. A lot has happened since then – big projects at work, other trips, Jen’s school, and a ton of house stuff that is sure to be discussed in our future posts. In an attempt to wrap up our 3 … Continue reading

Lyon, Rhône-Alpes

Lyon, Rhône-Alpes

Day 9 of FRANCE TRIP 2012: We had a long travel day from Chamonix to Lyon (5 hours on several trains).  Once we finally arrived in Lyon, we lugged our bags to our next hotel.  We had found Hotel Le Boulevardier in both Rick Steves and Lonely Planet’s “France” travel guides – a 2 star, … Continue reading

The French Alps–Part 2, Chamonix

The French Alps–Part 2, Chamonix

Leaving early from Annecy paid off and we arrived in Chamonix under partly cloudy skies. We weren’t able to check into our room yet so we dropped of our bags with the receptionist at Hotel Le Faucigny. From there, we headed straight to the Aiguille Du Midi gondola station. We bought the tickets (expensive, but … Continue reading

The French Alps–Part 1, Annecy

The French Alps–Part 1, Annecy

We left Beaune around 10am after a quick breakfast and hopped on the train to Annecy with a quick changeover in Lyon. The weather forecast showed clouds and rain which we’d really hoped wouldn’t ruin the views of the Alps. We arrived in Annecy in the afternoon and checked into our hotel, Hotel Ibis Annecy, … Continue reading

Beaune, Burgundy

Beaune, Burgundy

Our first stop on the journey south from Paris was in the heart of Burgundy wine country.  We arrived at the Gare de Beaune station at 9am – and we were ready to drop our luggage off with the hotel until our check in time.  Luckily for us, our room was ready at Hotel de … Continue reading

Paris Eats

Paris Eats

Finding a good place to eat in Paris was like throwing darts at a giant bullseye. There were a few really good places, but all of them were tasty.  We focused on eating mostly in our neighborhood, Rue Cler in the 7e near the Eiffel Tower and Ecole Militare, but we ventured out a few … Continue reading

Sight-Seeing in Paris

Sight-Seeing in Paris

During our time in Paris, we tried to maximize the sights that we saw by purchasing a “Paris Museum Pass”.  You can buy a  2 day, 4 day, or 6 day pass, and it gives you free entry to various museums in and around Paris.  We had looked up what museums were on the free … Continue reading