Exploring the Charente-Maritime Part 2: Ile de Ré

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France, travel

If you’re a sun and sand type of person, you’re in luck because France has a beach for pretty much every type of beach goer. A few weeks ago, Tom and I headed to the Charente-Maritime department of France and drove to the Ile de Ré for the day. Just a short drive from La Rochelle, it’s officially made my short list of favorite places in France. The island just feels good and that’s the only way I can describe it.

Exploring the charente-maritime ile de re

Ile de Ré is the perfect spot to visit for the day, weekend, or the entire summer. Let me give you a quick glimpse of our day there!

Read on!

Exploring the Charente-Maritime Part 1: La Rochelle

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France, travel

“Ohhh, wowwwww! Look at thatttt!” came out of my mouth no fewer than 10 times per day on our recent trip to the Charente-Maritime department of France. Our long weekend kicked off in La Rochelle, a coastal city about 470 km from Paris whose history is just as impressive as its modern-day approach to life.

la rochelle weekend trip france

Come along as I show you why La Rochelle deserves to be on your must-see list of places to visit in France!

Can a beginner handle a DIY canal cruise boat? My honest thoughts

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France, travel

The most common question I got after our first self-piloted canal cruise was whether or not someone new to boating and the canals can do this type of vacation and actually enjoy it. Would the stress of handling a boat get in the way? Should someone with no boating experience even consider a canal cruise?

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Here’s my advice for beginners!

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