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Live long enough to see it all.

  • Lives In: Sacramento, California, USA
  • Citizenship: USA
  • Website: Sally's Watercolors and Photos
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Occupation: Cheerfully retired
  • About Beausoleil:

    I'm a refugee from Virtual Tourist where I specialized in France, particularly the countryside and budget travel. We rent gites and lease a car for most of our trips and spend from seven days to a month in each place using it as a base for day trips.

    We've visited France, the UK including Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, the Netherlands, Spain and in North America, 49 of the 50 US states, Canada, Mexico and Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. We haven't visited Hawaii . . . our one holdout. Most of our trips are to France or at least partly to France.

  • Hobbies:

    Retired classical musician who loves painting with watercolors and travel. I used to play the French horn and when I retired, I retired. Painting has been great fun since then. Also love reading, bicycling and walking.

  • Favourite places:

    Paris and the rest of France. Paris is the only city I truly love. The rest of France is like magic to me though. I love to get out away from the cities and explore the countryside with its wonderful feeling of history.

Latest Blog Entries

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Trips

Trip Stats

Bordeaux, Basque country and the Dordogne 2017 (10212 kms)

05 Sep 2017 - 18 Sep 2017

Visiting: USA and France.

Provence 2014 (1645 kms)

27 Aug 2014 - 22 Feb 2017

Visiting: France.

Pays de la Loire (917 kms)

07 Jan 2016 - 05 Oct 2016

Visiting: France.

Travel Help

Centre-Val_de_Loire

We've visited Centre and the Loire Valley for over 20 years. We finally made it completely through the Pays de la Loire this past year (2016) so have pretty much covered the entire Loire Valley. Most of the famous chateaux are in Centre and there are marvelous churches and abbeys too. There is a very nice zoo with a white tiger in St. Aignan and, of course, the rivers and all water activity. We've visited over 100 chateaux in and out of the Loire and love the small towns and villages. We usually rent a gite (country cottage) and occasionally a B&B and take day trips in the area. I'd love to answer any questions you have and encourage you to travel to the Loire Valley.

» Ask Beausoleil a question about Centre-Val_de_Loire.

Occitanie

Occitanie, the former Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées has been a favorite vacation destination for us for over 20 years. We usually rent a gite (country cottage) in a rural area and make day trips throughout the region. Before GPS we got lost a lot so we have plenty of off-the-beaten-track travel information. This is a marvelous part of France and a good way to escape the hordes of tourists in some of the more well-known regions. If you enjoy your fellow tourists (as we do), there are plenty in places like Carcassonne and Collioure with tourists aplenty. These places are popular for a reason. However, there are equally lovely places with not a tourist in sight for no reason we can discern.

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Aquitaine

We've traveled extensively in the Aquitaine area, usually renting a gite (country cottage) for a month in different places. We're particularly fond of the Dordogne region or Perigord and if you've read any of the Inspector Bruno books, you will want to visit. It's the land of fois gras, caves and prehistoric art along with excellent wine and amazing food.

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Paris

We've visited Paris over a dozen times (I've stopped counting) and we spent a month there for our 50th anniversary. We love the city and its wonderful public transportation system. We're budget travelers who consider Paris a budget destination so if you are looking for suggestions on how to save money and still see romantic, historic, artistic and beautiful Paris, please ask. There are an incredible number of free things to do, cheap transportation options and lovely hotels in the center of the city that don't cost an arm and a leg. Food can actually be cheaper than at home . . . depending on where you live.

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Reims

Have spent some time in Reims and enjoy the city and region. Will be happy to answer questions.

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Loire_Valley

We've visited the Loire Valley from Sully-sur-Loire in the east clear to the western end of the Loire in the region Pays-de-la-Loire at Saint-Nazaire. Several trips with several bases and with friends near Amboise to answer questions. We've visited all the major chateaux and many not-so-famous ones. There is a chateau in nearly every larger and many smaller towns in the area. My favorite chateaux are Azay-le-Rideau and Villandry but we love the garden festival at Chaumont and any living history exhibits we happen upon.

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Pays_de_la_Loire

Recently spent a month driving around the Pays de la Loire. We rented gites (holiday cottages) in three different places including one inside the Briere Regional Park. I have a 30-day blog on that trip here on TravellersPoint.

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France

I've traveled extensively in France over the past 20+ years including Paris and much of rural France. We typically spend a week in a gite doing day trips in the area. We've stayed in most areas of the country including Alsace, Provence (PACA), Burgundy, Normandy, Bretagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Centre, Midi-Pyrenees, the Loire and the Dordogne, etc. I had extensive Travel Pages on Virtual Tourist (now off line) on France and was a top poster for both Paris and the rest of the country. If you need information, please let me know.

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