The rush of tourists to Geneva, Chamonix, Mont Blanc or Burgundy sweeps them past beautiful, medieval Annecy.   Unless you’ve wandered too far south from the Swiss lowlands around Lake Geneva or too far east from Burgundy, you may not know of Annecy. It’s north of the attractive major French ski areas and west of the Swiss Alps, about 50 miles from Mont Blanc. A casual glance at a map places Annecy in the middle of nothing, surrounded by interesting areas just a little bit closer or further….

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Travel Blog: Top 10 Paris Treats + One Wander where you will and Paris will surprise you. I probably get to Paris too often. I mean, there’s a whole world out there! Still, in late July and early August of 2014 I was there again. I lost count long ago, but I know I was first in Paris in 1966, I’ve been there as often as four times in a single year, and I’ll be back. Let’s just say I’ve been in Paris 30 to 35 times keeping…

Dompierre-Sur-Besbre, France. October 19, 2013. All it took was two planes, two trains, a moderate walk, another train, a bus and a van to get us from the Las Vegas airport to the river port of Dompierre-Sur-Besbre, France in 19 hours flat. Not bad. For me it’s not so much the total travel time but the layovers and waits which sap my stamina. Once I’m on a plane, train, bus, boat going from Point A to Point B, I have my routine. I can settle in, relax and…

Near Agen, France, Late October 2012. Alone on our canal boat, we plied the waterways of the Garonne Lateral Canal and the Baise River from Agen on the Garonne to Nerac on the Baise in late October of 2012 and it was a wonderful time to do so. Both are often surrounded with crowds of heavy growths of trees, small forests of oak, chestnut, ash and other shouldering in, fighting the wild roses, the ivy, the ferns for a favored spot. Of course there were the towns along…