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Village in the French Alps

May 31, 2011 @ 6:31 pm
posted by Sandra Sheridan

Quaint village and spectacular views

We make our way east of Annecy to Le Chinaillon, a petite, friendly village in the French Alps.  The entire area is a popular ski resort in winter and attracts summer visitors for some spectacular mountain hiking. 

In fact, we can step through the door of our pleasant “gite” (guest house) and walk up the hill behind us or down past the little chapel to the village below.  We especially enjoy driving from one village to another, where summer flowers dress each town in a contest to outdo one another.

At one point, we stop at a quiet spot overlooking beautiful rolling valleys.  On the hill behind us, only the sound of a cowbell rings through the air.

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Extended Auto Rental in France

May 28, 2011 @ 3:32 pm
posted by Sandra Sheridan

Our little Peugeot by the Mediterranean

We enjoyed day trips by train to Chartres and Blois, but we really wanted the freedom to discover little villages, to “take a left” here and let fate do her thing. As we started researching our options, we discovered the perfect plan for us.  Through AutoEurope.com, we took advantage of the Peugeot Buy-Back Plan that offered a factory-new car, unlimited mileage, 24-hour roadside assistance and lease rates guaranteed in US dollars.  We took the train from Paris to Bordeaux, picked up our Peugeot and took off for nearly a month of wandering!   It was fabulous – a brand new, air-conditioned, 4-door compact with plenty of trunk space and a ton of “get up and go!” If you need a car for more than 21 days, AutoEurope is an excellent place to start saving.  The longer you rent, the greater the savings.  All Buy Backs include insurance, and AutoEurope starts you off with exceptional maps and informational travel book.

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“My Little Home in Paris”

@ 1:54 pm
posted by Sandra Sheridan
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Our 18th Century Vacation Rental in Paris

 

Take just a few steps from Place Contrescarpe at the top of the famous rue Mouffetard market street.  Enter your door code, pass through the courtyard and up the stairs, and you’re “Home”. 

That’s how easy and delightful your stay can be in a vacation apartment in Paris.  We chose “My Little Home in Paris” in the Latin Quarter, and at 500 Euros a week, 80 Euros a night, enjoyed huge value over a comparably-priced hotel room.  Just imagine – a full bath, attractive furnishings, wi-fi and free phone service, well-equipped kitchenette and more. 

What we liked best was the genuine experience of living as a Parisian – exchanging “bonjours” with neighbors, stepping around the corner to the wine shop or marketplace, having friends to dinner at our petite table by the window.  And our rental home owners were wonderful, greeting us with chocolates and wine and acquainting us with the area, shopping choices, metro stops, restaurants and favorite spots to visit.

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Such a quaint hunting lodge

May 26, 2011 @ 3:10 pm
posted by Sandra Sheridan

King Francois I knew how to escape to the country

With friends from Paris, we decide to take a little side trip to see the Chambord Rêve de Lumières” – the light and sound show at the “quaint” hunting lodge of François I. 

Through the summer, the show draws thousands of visitors who gather on the lawns of the majestic château, waiting for the sun to set and the lights to illuminate the Renaissance masterpiece.

 

The show is stunning, as illuminated scenes and dramatic music flow across the castle and through the night air.  We sit before the grandest chateau in the Loire Valley, set in the quiet midst of the 12,000-acre hunting kingdom, the largest enclosed forest park in Europe.  The experience is natural, cultural, communal and far exceeds the frantic amusement park trek that costs a fortune.  Our visit is free, brought to us – merci – by France.

Great fares to Europe and beyond.

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