Posts Tagged ‘getaways’

Paris Top Five: European Getaways

As the winter ski holidays end and spring break looms ahead, Parisians have only one thing on their minds—make plans for the long weekends in May, all three of them! Much of Europe is just a short flight or train ride […]

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A Girlfriend Getaway to Montpellier

A weekend away. Nice. A weekend away alone with one of my daughters? Heaven! As a mother of three girls, I cherish those rare moments when I can spend time with them individually. This lively, energetic place […]

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Fort National at Saint-Malo

Weekend Getaway in Seaside Saint-Malo

You may be hesitant to spend your precious vacation time visiting Saint-Malo, in the notoriously rainy region of Brittany, while your French friends are quick to head straight to the sunny south of France, but this beautiful walled city has enough renowned food and drink, stunning panoramas, thrilling history and even sunny days to make it an attractive excursion. After seeing friends’ photos of the turquoise and emerald coast, I coaxed my French boyfriend into spending a long holiday weekend out west.

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Along the GR20, Corsica

Top Five Weekend Getaways in France for Summer and Fall

I have been in France for five years now and have done countless weekend and longer trips throughout l’Hexagone (the Hexagon, as France is often described). And every time I visit somewhere new, I end up adding more getaways in France to my list instead of crossing them off! There is still so much to explore. And yet, there are several corners of the country that keep drawing me back—physically and in my dreams! Here are my top weekend trip picks for the summer and fall seasons.

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The lounge at the Echappée spa.

Paris Spas: The Perfect Getaway

L’Echappée is a Paris spa tucked away in an unassuming residential building, but it provides an experience that’s anything but ordinary. The overall atmosphere is quiet and relaxed, like all spas should be, with natural stone and tile covering most of the interior. My friend and I were greeted at the front door by friendly staff, who welcomed us and showed us to the locker room. While the ladies’ locker room is in need of a minor facelift, that was only a small glitch in the otherwise tranquil experience.

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Château d’Urtubie

Basking in the French Basque Country

Recently I was lucky enough to venture en famille to the glorious Basque region of France. The town in the area that you might have heard of is Biarritz, but having been there previously, and not having loved it, we decided to stay near Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Saint-Jean—or Luz, as some of the locals call it—is just 10 minutes south of the fading glory of Biarritz and infinitely more adorable and charming. It’s a village filled with white stucco buildings with red roofs and red shutters unique to the Basque region. Actually, they are a shade of burned red; you might call the color bordeaux, but we are two hours south of Bordeaux here and on the Atlantic Ocean. Saint-Jean is a wonderful walking town, as most of its key shopping streets are closed off to cars and the harbor is terribly picturesque.

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