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Megève

Your Complete Winter Guide to Megève, France

Megève, France: A Winter Wonderland Deep in the French Alps, up winding roads, across freezing surging streams and through pine trees is the town of Megève. In the Haute-Savoie département wedged between modern-day France, Switzerland, and Italy, and at nearly 4,000 feet up, Megève was for centuries overlooked by the history books. Cows and mountain goats …

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Aiguille du Midi

Introducing: Aiguille du Midi, France

Aiguille du Midi, France The Aiguille du Midi (12,605 feet – 3,842 meters) is a mountain near Mont Blanc in the French Alps, in the département of Haute-Savoie. In winter, it’s the starting point for the famed Vallée Blanche (“White Valley”), a 12.5-mile long off-piste ski run. It offers experienced skiers amazing views and a …

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The French Riviera, Part II: Best Hilltop Villages in the French Riviera

See the first of this 2-part post: The French Riviera, Part I: Best Coastal Towns Best Hilltop Villages in the French Riviera To many, the French Riviera connotes beaches and seaside chic. But some of the least explored places here are stone hilltop villages, just inland above the tourist-clogged beach towns on the coast. These …

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The French Riviera, Part I: Best Coastal Towns

The French Riviera, Part I: Best Coastal Towns The French Riviera—the southeastern coast of France—attracts backpackers and budget-busters year-round to its best coastal towns for good reason. This part of the world boasts some of the finest cuisine, climate, and culture anywhere, which together produce a whirling je ne sais quoi so sought after by …

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Photo of the Week: Early Morning in Dinan, France

Strolling the cobblestone streets of Dinan, France just after sunrise, before anyone else is up, is an enchanting experience. With difficulty I try to imagine this quiet north-western French town as a focal point of the tumultuous Medieval struggle between the Duchy of Brittany and the King of France. But the tall stone fortifications as …

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La Savane des Esclaves

Photo of the Week: La Savane des Esclaves, Martinique

  Slave Village of Martinique (La Savane des Esclaves, Martinique) Growing out of Gilbert Larose’s passion for his people’s history and culture, he recreated a slave village (La Savane des Esclaves ) to represent what it might have been like where escaped slaves settled. These communities were usually up in the forest-clad hills. Martinique’s rough geography …

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French Pyrenees

Photo of the Week: High in the French Pyrenees at Can Rigall

As a non-European, the Pyrenees are definitely off-the-beaten track Europe. Even after years of visiting the continent, this was my first time really exploring the region. A few years back, I started the Camino de Santiago in the Spanish Pyrenees, but within a day, I had walked out of them. This time around, I planned …

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Photo of the Week: Vineyards of St. Émilion

On a Sunday afternoon my brother and his coworkers and I took a trip 35 km out of Bordeaux to the vineyards surrounding Saint- Émilion. The village, now a World Heritage site, was overrun with day-trippers (like us), souvenir shops, and wine stores. An easy five-minute stroll in one direction landed me in a quiet …

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