The best cafes in Paris

The best cafes in Paris

Paris's cafe culture is one of the most interesting parts of the city's identity, and one that you can hardly escape. Small cafes dot the Parisian landscapes like flowers in a field, providing refuge from rainy weather and snow in the colder months, and a spot of shade and a cool drink in the heat of summer. Paris is famous for its pavement cafes, its literary cafes, and dark, smoky cafes where all the customers know each other by name. Most Parisians have their favorite corners for an after... [ read more ]

Top 5 attractions in Marseille

Top 5 attractions in Marseille

Marseille, France's premier port city, one of the oldest settlements in the country and the setting of various important historical events, is one of the brightest gems of the French riviera, and not just because it has great food and lovely weather. Travelers who like to get some sightseeing done will have their work cut out for them in Marseille, the city where tourist attractions small and large lurk behind every corner. Even if you don't know the first thing about Marseille, just taking ... [ read more ]

Top 5 sights in Marseille

Top 5 sights in Marseille

Paris is touted as France's cultural melting pot, but in truth the title of the oldest and most diverse city in France can easily go to Marseille. Ever since the city was founded by Greeks in 600 BC, Massalia, or present day Marseille has been a mix and match of nationalities and cultures from all over Europe. Today, Marseille is strongly Proven├žal Popularity, but with many North African and other influences, as befitting a bustling port city where ships dock from all over the world. And in... [ read more ]

Summer Festivals in Provence

Summer Festivals in Provence

Provence is mild in winter, fresh and fragrant in spring and blazing in wild colors in autumn, but it's in summer that this picturesque part of France is really at its best. Summer is the season when Provence is pervaded with the smell of lavender and ripening grapes, and if you don't mind the often scorching Mediterranean sun, spending your summer months in Province is the best holiday anyone could wish for. But it's not just sweet idleness and rural tranquility in southern France this time... [ read more ]

The most romantic places in Paris

The most romantic places in Paris

Paris is famous for being the most romantic place on the planet, but once you arrive in the French capital, where exactly should a romantic go? Granted, there are so many romantic spots in Paris (some of them known only to locals) that you can't even start to count, but like all cities, even Paris has its non-romantic spots. The industrial parts of the city and the banlieues are to be avoided if you are longing for that stomach-fluttering, heart-quickening romantic atmosphere, but there are ... [ read more ]

The traveler's guide to Marseille

The traveler’s guide to Marseille

Marseille is the second largest city in France, and the country's busiest port at the Mediterranean, but this is no seaside copy of the capital - Marseille has a personality of its own, and a very obvious one at that. Marseille has been a port for millennia: it was founded in 600 BC as a Greek colony, and it hasn't stopped being a port since then. Marseille is infused with a typically Mediterranean joy of living, French poise and sense of style, and the warmth of North Africa. From a tourist... [ read more ]