The Ins and Outs of Popping Around France’s Champagne Region

While you pop corks, pass the bubbly and drink the stars this New Year’s, you might want to consider heading to France where true champagne hails.

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Celebrate Claude Monet’s Birthday

Claude Monet was born November 14, 1840 in Paris and died December 5, 1926 about 75 kilometres from Paris in his home at Giverny, Normandy. During his prolific career as an artist, he painted hundreds of works of art with a passion to capture his impressions of the French countryside and beyond. With works by the beloved artist and founder of French Impressionism on view across the globe (literally there are numerous “Monets” in museums and galleries on every continent except Antarctica) what better way to celebrate the painters 174th birthday than enjoying the many gifts he left to art lovers?

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Visiting Valras-Plage, France

Many American tourists flock to Biarritz to get a taste of southern beach life, but not as many make it to Valras-Plage, another treasure of a town. Located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, Valras-Plage is a former fishing village at the mouth of the Orb river.

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Looking Back: The Concorde

When I first started flying to France in the 1990s, friends and family would joke about whether or not I was going to take the Concorde. I was tempted, but the ticket price (about 5 times as much as a regular flight - $10,000 for a round-trip ticket from New York to Paris) didn’t exactly fit into my college student budget. Here’s a look back on an interesting period in international aviation history, the Concorde era.

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3 Scary Spots in France

The French don’t typically celebrate Halloween. Sure, there’s the occasional costume party, and some stores sell Halloween-related goods (like a carve your own pumpkin kit). However, for the most part, the concept of Halloween hasn’t taken hold in France. If you happen to find yourself in my favorite country on Halloween and want to add a little spookiness (with a side of history) to your day, there are plenty of options. Here are my top three suggestions:

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