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Travel more authentically in France

France is a country rich in culture, history, and natural beauty. To truly experience all it has to offer, it's important to travel authentically and immerse yourself in the local way of life.

We, at LiveandLearn, believe that there are many ways to experience the French way of life, but one of the best way is to go with French friends and tag along. Marie-Anne and I are happy to be your guides on our upcoming trip to Burgundy in September. We will create memories that will last for a lifetime.

In the meantime, here are a few tips for experiencing authentic travel in France:

  1. Stay in a local bed and breakfast or vacation rental. Instead of staying in a hotel, opt for a more personal and intimate experience by staying in a local bed and breakfast or vacation rental. This will give you the opportunity to interact with local hosts and learn about their way of life.

  2. Explore off the beaten path. While the major tourist destinations in France are certainly worth visiting, don't be afraid to venture out and explore lesser-known towns and villages. This is where you'll find authentic French culture and cuisine.

  3. Try the local cuisine. French cuisine is world-renowned, and for good reason. From the hearty stews of the Alsace region to the seafood of Brittany, there's something to suit every palate. Be sure to try the local specialties and visit local markets to sample fresh, seasonal produce.

  4. Learn the language. While many French people speak English, it's always appreciated when travelers make an effort to speak French. Not only will it help you communicate better with locals, but it will also give you a deeper understanding of the culture.

  5. Embrace the art of relaxation. France is known for its relaxed way of life, and it's important to take a cue from the locals and slow down. Take the time to stroll through a park, sit at a café, or relax with a book in a garden.

  6. Take a day trip or two. France is famous for its picturesque countryside, and it would be a shame to miss out on the chance to explore it. Take a day trip to a nearby village or town to see the sights, sample the local fare, and enjoy the scenery.

Traveling authentically in France is all about immersing yourself in the local culture and way of life. Join us with your partner, your friends or your family to discover one of our favorite regions in France. You will stay in a luxurious and authentic French manor, venture into small towns and villages, learn to cook regional specialties. There will be time to explore, as well as time to slow down and embrace the French way of life.

This fully immersive cultural experience will leave you feeling like you lived your best French life for a week. If you wish to experience France in a more authentic and intimate way, Live and Learn is what you’re looking for!

Authentically, comme à la maison.

Hortense and Marie-Anne

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