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A new partner, Hotel Arvor, Dinan, Brittany

We’re very pleased to announce that Hotel Arvor has joined the French Collection. In the heart of medieval Dinan, this stylish hotel offers the chance to experience living amid clusters of medieval buildings, with markets, ramparts and lots of atmosphere not to mention cafes, restaurants and shopping. We found Dinan so interesting that we spent most of the week we had in Brittany exploring Dinan, which left limited time to visit the lighthouse-scattered Emerald Coast.  But we did take the short drives to Mont St Michel (the second most visited tourist attraction in France),… Continue reading

Finding Your Way Around France or Paris: Maps

While we’re in France, we’ve being using a smart phone app called MapsWithMe. There’s a free version and one that costs around $5 which we use. It’s really good: first, you download the maps of your required countries or regions before you depart. Then, you can access them WITHOUT having global roaming on – ie no access costs. It’s great to use when wandering around cities, and we’ve found it useful sometimes when our Sat Nav isn’t giving us the information we need.