When my fiancé passed away, I quit my job and packed my bags. The first place that I went? My favorite little chalet in the Loire Valley. I spent a month there grieving and wandering. I also spent a month in Paris. I will always be grateful to France for being a pivotal part of my grieving and healing process.
From the city of lights to the WWII sites to the wine tasting in châteaus, France has so much beauty to explore!
Day Trips from Paris
From easy day trips like Reims, the capital of the Champagne Region, to the D-Day Beaches of Normandy, there are so many beautiful places to explore from Paris! If you’re willing to go a bit farther afield, the Loire Valley is within reach, too!
The WWII history of France is tragic and fascinating. It’s important to visit these places so that we never forget. I am particularly moved by the martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane, which is preserved to look just as it did after it was burned to the ground. I’m told the WWI trenches are a must to visit as well. Stay tuned. I’m heading back to France soon!
The Loire Valley
I found my happy place in the Loire Valley of France. I traveled there many years ago to research a book I am writing (about WWII in France) and, after my late partner died of cancer, I went back to Saint-Martin-le-Beau to heal. I will always be grateful to France and her people for rekindling my ability to choose joy.