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Five Things I learned as a First Timer in France

I recently traveled to France for the first time in my adult life. Although I’d been to Paris with my parents once before as a child, I felt that I was basically seeing and experiencing the country for the first time since I didn't remember much of my experience in France before. Being all alone in a foreign country as a non-French speaker was an incredible experience, and I set out with a goal to bring home a few small day to day tips that may help other first-timers feel (or at least look) like seasoned travelers.

Here are a few of my tips and interesting bits of knowledge I picked up on my great adventure:

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Tasty Cheeses of France

One of the best parts about visiting any part of the world is enjoying the different regional foods and beverages. This is especially true when you visit France. Although France has many wonderful things to eat and drink, they are particularly known for their excellent and varied cheeses. Practically any region you visit has a locally made cheese, from mild Camembert to pungent bleu.

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Festivals in France 2013

France celebrates the things that make it special--food, wine, music, art, film and that "je ne sais quoi" (that little special something) throughout the year, in cities large and small. Some of the festivals are well-known, like the Cannes Film Festival; others are found only by accident when you happen into a small town at just the right time. If you're headed to France this year, be sure to add one or two of these French festivals to your itinerary.

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First Impressions Aboard the Anjodi

I recently had the great opportunity of spending a week aboard the Anjodi hotel barge on the Canal du Midi in the south of France. From the moment I stepped aboard the vessel, I felt welcome and at home. Upon entering the barge you step down into the salon, a cozy sitting room with a stocked bar and dining area. The ever accommodating crew had graciously prepared each guest a cocktail, which we sipped over introductions and easy conversation. After receiving some information about the vessel and the week ahead, we toasted to a great week and were shown to our cabins.

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Downton Abbey Cruise aboard the Magna Carta

Have you been following the saga of the Crawley family in the PBS series, "Downton Abbey"? If so, then you're probably enthralled by the majestic rooms, buildings and grounds of the Downton Abbey estate. After all, who wouldn't want to have that library as part of their home? Downtown Abbey, the series, is filmed at an actual British estate called Highclere Castle, the home of the Earl of Carnavon and his family, though they bear little resemblance to the fictional Crawleys.

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