Whenever someone mentions France, I think of romance. Don’t you? I mean, how many countries that you know have a kiss named after it? I think of kissing in hidden spots in gardens, bicycling the beautiful countryside, munching croissants with café au lait, and beautiful couples walking arm-in-arm along a cobblestone street.
France has an abundance of gardens. There is a wonderful web resource listing gardens all over France via an interactive map at Jardinex.com There are photos with lush descriptions, as well as basics like what time the garden opens and what the fees are. Be sure to visit Giverny, the famous garden where Monet painted!
Everyone knows that France is a beautiful place to take cycling tours. One web site where you can get started is FrenchCyclingHolidays.com There is a variety of tours from vineyards to castles, including beaches, mountains or rivers. And of course, Le Tour de France is one of the most famous bicycling events in the world.
Croissants and coffee are one of my very favorite breakfasts. Oddly enough, it became so when I lived in Texas and frequented a little French café style restaurant called La Madeleine. If you can’t get to France this year, then try their wonderful French pastries, sandwiches and salads. http://www.lamadeleine.com/ gives locations in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, New Mexico and Washington, DC.
France has been on my mind this year because one of my editors, Leslie, lived in Paris for a month so that she and her fiancé could qualify to get married in Paris. Isn’t that romantic? My Rocket Man friend, Steve, proposed to his beautiful bride, Elizabeth, on one knee in Arles, France. The ring he placed on her finger was her own grandmother’s wedding ring, which Steve got from Elizabeth’s mother secretly before the trip. Yes, I believe France is just as romantic as they say it is. Love is still alive and well there! Can’t you feel it now?
About the author:
Clemente Mettarod loves to travel to her ancestral home in France. She enjoys American croissants and French restaurants, but admits there is something about the air in France that makes everything sweeter. You can read more articles about France at LTI France