How Much Does a Month in France Cost?

Emeraude Hotel

Room at The Hotel Emeraude in Dinard, France. Probably the nicest hotel we stayed in. Lovely, but not exorbitant.

New contest alert! A while back I asked everyone to guess my weight gain after a month in France. (The short answer: 0; the long answer is here).

Now, I have another giveaway—and

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French Potluck Dishes (For Bastille Day and Any Day)

Roasted Beet Salad. A beautiful French Potluck choice. Photo by Richard Swearinger.

So, you’re invited to a Bastille Day Potluck Party and you’re looking for recipes. Of course, you’d have dozens and dozens of recipes if you had my cookbook….But I’m here to help anyway. Some ideas, depending on what your goals

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Five Reasons NOT to Eat Breakfast at Your French Hotel

When I first started traveling to France, breakfast was included in the price of a hotel room. These days, it’s not, and the price is climbing. Herewith, five reasons to say “Non” to petit déjeuner at the hotel. And it’s not just about the money.

1. Well, it’s sometimes about the money. I’m

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