My “main” blog is on Franceinfo.us. This is a backup or variant of it (as I’m experimenting with different themes and formats.
Everyone knows who Rick Steves is, no? My first encounter with his brand of tourism was in a hotel in France on the rue cler. I was inadvertently placed in a “Rick Steves Endorsed” hotel. not a bad place but crawling with families carrying the same guidebook and having the same Parisian experience. It was quite frightening. No sense of adventure. Just follow the guide. Traveling is a personal experience and should be open to varying whims. I also don’t go to France to be surrounded by ditto heads.
A very affable and dumbed down tour guide – but I guess fits the bill for many families.