Three entirely different subjects this week. Ever pratical Jo Karnaghan from Frugal First Class Travel takes us on a day trip to Reims which is not only famous for its champagne; Maggie La Coste from Experience France by Bike gives tips on how to take the train with a bike and panniers; while Janine from The Good Life France has compiled a very interesting and useful guide to Christmas in France in 2013 that you can download. Enjoy!
How to make a day trip to Reims
by Jo Karnaghan from Frugal First Class Travel, an Australian who loves to travel – especially in Europe – and who has gradually learned how to have a First Class trip on an economy budget, without missing out on anything!
Reims (pronouned “rance” as in France) is an easy and convenient day trip from Paris, being only 45 minutes away by TGV. What most visitors will find surprising is that Reims is about more than champagne. Here’s my take on a great way to do a day trip to this pretty and friendly city, that includes more than just champagne!
Arriving in Reims
Reims is only 45minutes by TGV from Gare de l’Est in Paris. Make sure you book a TGV rather than a stopping all stations train that will take you 2hours. Read more
Navigating train stations in France with bicycle panniers
by Maggie LaCoste from Experience France by Bike, an American who loves biking anywhere in Europe, but especially France, which has the perfect combination of safe bike routes, great food, great weather and history.
Nothing can ruin a day for a bicyclist more than having to maneuver stairs at a rail station! Sometimes, no matter how well you plan a trip, you need to take a train to connect to another cycling itinerary, to avoid a bad part of a route or oftentimes to return a rental bike. Regardless of the reason, managing stairs when your bike is loaded down with all your gear is tough. I’ll never forget the first time we arrived at a train station, bought our tickets and then patiently waited for our track announcement. Of course the track was announced literally as the train was coming into the station and getting to it required going down and then up two very long sets of stairs! Read more
Christmas in France in 2013
by Janine from The Good Life France, an independent on-line magazine about France and all things French, covering all aspects of daily life including healthcare, finance, utilities, education, property and a whole lot more
Christmas in France 2013 – a free guide to the best Christmas markets in Paris, Alsace, for day trips, near Calais… things to do and where to see the best window displays and beautiful illuminations in Paris, the City of Light. Lots of French festive facts… and top recipes from celebrity chefs Michel Roux Jr, Raymond Blanc and Rachel Khoo.
From us to you at Christmas… Christmas in France 2013 the book…