Janice Chalker

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7 adorable French villages that will make you skip Paris completely

Everyone should see Paris at least once in his or her life, but as French tourism goes, it’s only the beginning. One of the cardinal sins of travel …

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Bois de Boulogne: The Complete Guide

An enormous green belt located at the western border of Paris, the Bois de Boulogne is a beloved local park where Parisians regularly head for fresh …

An expat's guide to Paris

<i>“</i>Paris? It’s too real and too beautiful. It never lets you forget anything.<p>“It reaches in and opens you wide, and you stay that way.”<p><i>—</i> Gene Kelly as Jerry Mulligan in <i>“</i>An American in Paris”<p>Paris allows you to discover its secrets slowly. It kept my wife and me at bay in the 1990s when we lived and …

France

11 places to visit in France before you die

Enough with the Seine quays-strolling, the macaron-eating, and Eiffel Tower-climbing. I invite you to step into the rest of France (where 55 million …

The Top 14 Gorgeous Towns and Cities to Visit in France

Who hasn’t heard the famous Audrey Hepburn quote, “Paris is always a good idea”? Well, let’s go a bit further with this and say France, as a whole, …

The 12 Best Things to Do in Nice, France

Back in Roman times, Nice served as the region’s capital—a role it maintains today as the gateway to the French Riviera. Once part of the Kingdom of …

Charming small towns in France

This article may contain compensated links. See our full disclosure <b>here</b><p>Are you a romantic?<p>Then head to the charming small towns in France. They will …

France

The Loire Valley's Top Ten Attractions and Places to Stay

The Loire Valley offers something for everyone. The Loire Valley châteaux are magnificent; there are gardens to wander through full of orchards of …

Castles and Wine Make the French Countryside the Most Exquisite Place to Road Trip

Château d'Amboise. Manfred Gottschalk/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images<p>On the farmland-surrounded highways, instead of advertising chain restaurants, …

So you bought a smart TV. Now you need these apps.

Built for the big screen.<p>These days, you can easily run an app on your television—just invest in a software-packed smart TV or a video-streaming device that plugs into your existing set. Whichever option you choose, you'll find that the same program you have on your smartphone works differently on …

The Best Tinted Moisturizers With SPF

Sun protection is key—glowy, healthy skin is a bonus.<p>On busy mornings, it’s not always possible to complete every single step of a lengthy beauty …

Where to Stay in Paris: The Best Neighborhoods and Hotels for Every Type of Traveler

Whether a long-planned holiday or spontaneous weekend trip, your first time or fifteenth, an important question before traveling to Paris is: where …

France

Perfect 2-Day Itinerary: Amazing Paris for First-Timers

Paris is one of the most fascinating, most exciting and most wonderful city trip destinations in Europe.<p>I can assure you, no matter how many times …

Bon Voyage: The 10 must-visit French villages you've never heard of

Here's a list of the ten best French villages you've never heard of, which are well worth a visit when you get the chance.

Castles and Wine Make the French Countryside the Most Exquisite Place to Take a Road Trip

“You do not have chateau in America?” a young French innkeeper asks as she escorts my fiancé and me onto the grounds of La Ballue, a petite (for a …

If you like Westworld, you’ll love these 25 shows on Netflix

If you’re a fan of Westworld and are looking for similar shows like it, here are 25 shows on Netflix you should consider adding to your …

Visiting the Languedoc Roussillon Region of France

The Languedoc-Roussillon Region of France is an undiscovered gem filled with a breathtaking coastline, some of France's best cuisine, a rich Medieval …

The 7 Most Adorable Towns in France

Not to knock Paris -- a city everyone agrees is the prototype for pretty capitals -- but these small towns are the ultimate when it comes to French …

5 Things You Never Knew About Paris

What can you say about Paris that hasn’t already been said? Yes, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. Of course, the Louvre and Champs-Élysées are spectacular. But what about the hidden gems concealed within the City of Love? We’re giving you the inside scoop on …

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Rick Steves: What’s new in France and Switzerland for 2018

France and Switzerland are two of Europe's most appealing destinations, but they're constantly changing, so I've gathered these new items for your 2018 travel planning.<p>In Paris, prices at the Eiffel Tower are up nearly 50% to help fund a 15-year renovation, including a bulletproof, 8-foot glass …

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Paris is a city that a lot of tourists do wrong—here’s how to get it right

There is perhaps no city more idealized, and more written about, than Paris. And yet, for tourists and travelers embarking on their first visit, there is also no city that’s easier to get wrong.<p>The Louvre, Ladurée, Champ de Mars, the Eiffel Tower—newcomers are often torn between all the sights to …

The 4 Best Department Stores in Paris, France

Paris boasts some of the world's largest, most glamorous and historically rich department stores: places where visitors can browse the latest trends …

The French Pharmacy Products Parisians Swear By

An excellent reason to bring an extra suitcase with you for your next trip to Paris.<p>Et voila, it’s her again. The Parisienne. You can spot her from a …

How Well Do You Know English? The Origin of 'Bite the Bullet' and 15 Other Common Expressions in English

You probably think you know where 'mad as a hatter' is from ... but you're wrong.<p>English is not an easy language to learn. Not only do you have to contend with compound expressions (like "make out" or "turn up"), but you must understand expressions that barely seem tethered to reality.<p>Imagine …

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8 Tinted Moisturizers For That No-Makeup Makeup Look

If your approach to wedding day makeup is best described as minimalist, then a tinted moisture could be the perfect base for your bridal beauty look.<p>The lightweight foundation substitute infuses skin with moisture, is easy to blend, and feels like you're wearing no makeup at all. After all, you've …

14 Absolutely Perfect Paint Colors Designers Love

1 of 15<p>Paper White by Benjamin Moore<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 15<p>Parma Gray by Farrow & Ball<p>3 of 15<p>Light Pewter by Benjamin Moore<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 15<p>Brassica …

The 9 Greatest TV Shows Of All-Time, According To Rotten Tomatoes

The Wire and The Sopranos aren't on there<p>If you think it's difficult for movies to get the coveted 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, then spare a thought for long-running TV shows.<p>To recap: RT aggregates the scores of numerous critics, so it's a measure of consensus, and puts those shows that are …

Got an Instant Pot? This Is the Only Cookbook You Need

Readers love its recipes and resource guides.<p>If it feels like everyone in America got an Instant Pot for Christmas, it’s not hard to see why.<p>These …

Where to Buy Those Giant Knit Blankets For Less

(Image credit: Amazon)<p>Obsessed with the giant knit blanket trend but don't feel like remortgaging your home in order to afford one? Fear not, because …

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Why I Love Benjamin Moore's Tundra Paint Color

"I adore grays that change at different times of day so that the walls are dynamic," says designer Fawn Galli<p>My favorite and most frequently used paint color in the world is Benjamin Moore's Tundra. It's a gray with subtle purple and blue hues that change with the light. I am obsessed with all …