Summer is in full swing, which means people are hanging up their suits and ties to jet set all around the world. In honor of your holiday, the one we hope you are taking, we are wandering to the French Riviera to kick-off round two of France week. Check out our list of the top 5 picturesque spots that we don’t want you to miss, when you wander to the beautiful and world renowned Côte d’Azur! 1. Cannes Claim to Fame: The Cannes’ film festival (Festival de Cannes) is hosted here annually, typically in early May. The festival showcases previews of new films from around the world and attracts countless international celebrities and film stars. Don’t expect to preview any films unless you are lucky enough to have a “golden ticket” as this event is invite only. But do plan a trip during the festival and you may just run into one of your favorite film stars on the Boulevard de la Croisette. ​​SMLXL  N traveled here a few weeks after the 2013 festival and didn’t have any celeb run-ins, but still had a blast soaking up the sun on the scenic beaches, swimming to a sand bar off the shore, and parasailing over the Mediterranean coast! 2. Nice Claim to Fame: In the summer check out the incredible beaches by day and the iconic Nice Jazz Festival by night. This annual music festival entertains crowds with some of the biggest international names in jazz. If you happen to be… View Post

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  Tonight during France Week on The Wanderlist, we’re going off the beaten path to a French destination that one probably doesn’t think of. We’re ditching the touristy Paris and south of France, for something more remote and way more magical. We’re heading to Mont San Michel, a storybook town in the northwestern part of France, to get a totally new perspective on this amazing country. ​​SMLXL Located on a tidal island in Couesnon River, this island community has been around for centuries. It was named after the monastery on the island, which was named after St. Michael the archangel. It was even used as a prison during the time of Louis XI. Perhaps the islands most interesting attribute is its changing tide. With only one road in and out of the town, make sure you plan your trip according to the tides. It’s only a short 600 meters from mainland France, but be careful to know when and when not to go. Even crazier is the “supertide” that happens when the water rises more than 13 meters and cuts off access to the pathway leading up to town. Don’t worry too much though, it only happens around every 18 years. From it’s historic abbey and past, to its natural phenomenons, this town is definitely worth a stop on your French Wanderlist. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, more than 3 million people visit every year, and you could be one of them! At the very least, you’ll have some of… View Post

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The French are known for their delectable cuisines, so we thought it was only fitting to put together a Foodie’s Wanderlist to French Cuisine. Of course there are endless amounts of dishes that the French have concocted over the years, but these were some of our favorites and must-haves! Escargot ​​SMLXL Probably the number one food you think of when you think of French cuisine, and the number one item you say you won’t ever eat! Even though it is snails, and just typing that can sound terrifying to put in your mouth, you have to try it at least once while in France. Our recommendation? Go to a nice place and try it, because chances are they serve it covered in butter and garlic…and let’s face it, anything tastes good smothered in those two. Where to eat it: Northeast France Ratatouille ​​SMLXL First things first, if you haven’t seen the movie, go do that now. Okay, now that we got that out of the way, it’s time to try this delicious dish that was made even more enticing by a cartoon. This vegetable stew has been a French dish for years and years, which is definitely why you have to add it to your Foodie Wanderlist when visiting France. Where to eat it: Provence Coquilles Saint-Jacques ​​SMLXL This delicious French delicacy will apparently change the way you look at scallops. I mean come on…scallops cooked in white wine on top of a delightful purée of mushrooms and then topped… View Post

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Paris deserved the spotlight as the most populated and most toured city in France. It is also ranked as one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations! Whether you choose to visit for Paris’ famous fashion week, exquisite artwork and monuments, tasty cuisine, or scenic views of the Seine River, this historic and picturesque city will not disappoint! ​​SMLXL La Ville Lumière, “The City of Light,” Paris earned it’s nickname, as it was a leader in the Age of Enlightenment and one of the first European cities to adopt gas street lighting. Fun fact: In the 1800s the Paris streets were lit by more than 50,000 gas street lamps. Today the city continues to shine brightly with thousands of lights crawling over buildings, monuments, and bridges all across the city. ​​SLXLM I spent 3 nights in Paris, the capital city of France. The culture and history is endless, and I found it to be more pleasant than I expected! The people were friendly, and as much as they appreciated my efforts to attempt French, most of the hotels and restaurants had staff who spoke English. It was incredibly easy to navigate the Paris Métro (with a little help from Rick Steves’ French Phrasebook and Dictionary) to see all of the historic sites, including the celebrated Arc de Triomphe, built to honor persons who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. I experienced delicious authentic French cuisine, and my mouth still waters at the thought of French crepes, macaroons, baguettes, fromage, and… View Post

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It’s been an amazing week getting to know the beautiful country of Spain, and it has gotten us more than excited to go there on our journey. From the food, the arts, the culture and the history, Spain is not expected to disappoint. We knew we had to make our own Spanish Wanderlist, so here’s what we came up with based on everything we learned this week… ​​SMLXL Visit Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Watch a Real Madrid soccer game in Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Drink sangria on the beach. Go shopping crazy down La Rambia in Barcelona. See the Running of the Bulls (from a safe distance, of course) in Pamplona. Eat all the delicious gourmet food San Sebastian has to offer. Visit the Alhambra, an ancient palace and fortress and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go to the annual Fallas festival in Valencia. See a traditional bullfight in the famous Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid. Visit the Old Towns in Seville and Salamanca. Participate in La Tomitana, the worlds largest tomato fight, in Valencia. Visit the Museu Picasso in either Barcelona of Málaga…or both. Speak Spanish with the locals. See the “original” Holy Grail in Valencia’s Cathedral. Listen to Spanish guitar. Visit the Royal Palace in Madrid. Have a tapas picnic in Plaza Mayor in Salamanca. Survive one night dancing and partying in Ibiza. See a spontaneous flamenco dance. Eat some paella in a local Valencia restaurant at ten o’clock at night when the… View Post

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