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A Fun Paris Restaurant – Le Refuge des Fondus

There’s a fun fondue restaurant tucked away in the narrow, windy streets of Montmarte called Le Refuge des Fondus that I want to share with you. After a day full of navigating a large city where you don’t speak the language, this restaurant is a nice respite for a low-stress, laid-back evening. The restaurant only requires two choices from you. Red or white? AND Cheese or meat? If you’re like me, a dinner of bread, cheese, and wine is already…

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2 In France

Postcards from Provence – Crillon le Brave

We’re down to my last post on the South of France and I think it’s safe to say I saved the best for last… although our stay in Menerbes was pretty amazing too. Let’s just call it a tie! The only way I can describe the little town of Crillon le Brave and its incredible hotel is to compare it to a fairy tale town. It was seriously straight out of a storybook! Probably the biggest highlight from our stay…

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2 In France

Road Trippin’ with Rick Steves in Provence

Like many of you, I am a huge fan of the Rick Steves Guidebooks. I love his rich descriptions, his knack for finding charming small towns, and his reasonably priced accommodations. On one of our open days in Provence we found ourselves near the “Self-Guided Driving Tour” in his South of France book so we decided to go for a ride. We fueled up on breakfast before heading out. I had my usual: bread on bread on bread! I seriously…

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7 In France

Postcards from Provence – Menerbes

One of the highlights of our road trip through Provence was our visit to the charming village of Menerbes and our stay at the hotel La Bastide de Marie. If you ever plan a trip to the South of France, I can’t recommend this hotel or lovely Menerbes more highly. I wrote a longer post about our visit on the Travel Hack, so I’ve only included a few of my favorite pictures below. If you’d like to read the full…

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10 In France/ Travel

5 Tips to Survive Driving in the South of France

One of my best friend’s mom is taking a trip to the south of France next year for a big birthday celebration. Since she’s planning on being the driver she was very curious about how the driving went for us. So after a little persuading (i.e. batch of chocolate chip cookies) I convinced my husband to write-up his thoughts on driving in the south of France. Here’s his advice: “Are we going to fit?” is a common phrase that you’ll…

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7 In France/ Travel

Postcards from Provence – Roussillon

Several years ago I read the book ‘A Year in Provence’ by Peter Mayle. He also wrote ‘A Good Year’ which became a movie starring Russell Crowe & Marion Cotillard. Not the best movie ever, but the scenery of Provence is to die for!  Flash forward to this summer and I knew we had to spend a few days in the Luberon region where he spent a lot of his time. One of my favorite little towns in this region…

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4 In France/ Recipes

L’Aperitif – The French Happy Hour

Happy Weekend, Friends! I know I’ve inundated you with travel diary posts this week, and while I have a few more from our time in Provence to share, I thought I’d break it up today with a little French weekend inspiration! One of my favorite things about our trip was the aperitif hour. Sure I love meeting up for happy hour with friends when I can, but let me tell you, the French have got this down to an art.…

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