When you think of France, you might think of Paris, the Eiffel Tower and wine country. But France is actually home to some of the most beautiful, picturesque rivers and canals in the world, which wind through meadows, rolling hills, mountains and cities.
You've decided on a barge cruise with an overnight or two stay in Paris for your next vacation. How exciting! However, knowing what to pack and what to leave at home can seem like a formidable task. You want to be comfortable and chic at the same time, without overloading yourself with excess baggage. Packing doesn't have to be stressful. Below are a few tips on what to take (and what to leave at home):
Big or small, weekend or weekday, novice or serious antique dealer, you'll find treasures at the Parisian flea markets. The worlds largest antique market Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, commonly known as Les Puces (The Fleas), has fifteen markets offering everything from vintage and trendy clothing, to childrens toys, artistic works, and antiques. Stay on the Rue des Rosiers to stroll through the markets; perhaps an Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec print is waiting for you.
Located on the northwest corner of France, the Province of Brittany combines rugged coastal beauty with a music, culture, cuisine and language all its own. The peninsula, for centuries a part of Britain (hence the name), combines craggy coastlines, historic castles, picturesque forests and a vibrant folk music scene to create a memorable vacation spot for most any visitor.
One of the best things about visiting France is sampling the excellent food and wine you find virtually anywhere you go. It's all, but impossible to get a bad meal in that country. And, of course, all that good food is accompanied by good French wine. Fortunately, unlike many French food items, you can take most wines home to the United States. However, before you start buying wine to take home, it's best to know the customs regulations and other logistic issues.