The breathtaking Chateau de Noirieux: Hotel near Angers, France

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

chateau-de-noirieux-viewJust a 90-minute train ride from Paris, Angers is a city full of rich history, beautiful views of the Maine River and a great base from which to visit the region’s finest wineries and other nearby attractions — and earns a well-deserved stop on any French road trip. But where should you stay to make sure you soak up all the charm, culture and excellent cuisine the area has to offer? At the Chateau de Noirieux, a Relais & Chateaux property, about 20 minutes outside the center of Angers. This stunning property dates back to the 15th century and is situated on about 20 lush acres of land. We had the pleasure of staying at the Chateau de Noirieux earlier this month and here’s why we loved it.

Read on for my review of the Chateau de Noirieux!

Expedia cancelled my hotel reservation: Here’s what they could have done better

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


A company is nothing without effective customer service that actually works to serve the customer. Outdated technology, representatives that have no authority, long hold times and poor conflict resolution are the downfall of many good companies and proved that to me recently after cancelling my hotel reservation in Paris less than 24 hours before arrival.

So Expedia cancelled my hotel reservation. These things happen. Here’s what they could have done better…

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