France Vacations Blog

By Diane Condon-Boutier

The France Vacations Blog is the place to keep updated regarding the website. It will...

- let you know whenever any new web pages appear on, reflecting my most recent thoughts and findings.

- keep you up-to-date with other content or interesting links that I discover.

- point out some of our outstanding content pages that you might otherwise miss.

- let you know when I send out new information such as my e-zine, special updates and announcements (in case you don't like to give your e-mail address, or if your ISP tends to over-filter causing you to miss an issue).

- allow a forum for everyone to share their experiences of awesome French vacations. Creating an account is not necessary, just use the form below to share your experience! Once your post gets approved, it will be viewable by other visitors daily. You are also given a signature link back to your website or blog!

Mar 25, 2017

Spooky: The Adventures of a Ship's Cat in WWII

A children's book about Spooky the cat, who goes to war in support of her soldier friends during the WW II Allied Raid on Dieppe.

Continue reading "Spooky: The Adventures of a Ship's Cat in WWII"

Mar 25, 2017

Operation Jubilee

Great videos around Operation Jubilee - a tour of museum, an interview of a Canadian Army soldier.

Continue reading "Operation Jubilee"

Aug 02, 2015

Carrying pigeons, pigeon carriers, and carrier pigeons in WW2

The pigeon has played a important role in French history, especially carrier pigeons in WW2.

Continue reading "Carrying pigeons, pigeon carriers, and carrier pigeons in WW2"

Jan 18, 2015

Through These Doors, the Manoir at Bout L’Abbé

“Through These Doors, the Manoir at Bout L’Abbé” tells of lives spent in Diane's part of Normandy, from contemporary times back through the pages of history to the Middle Ages.

Continue reading "Through These Doors, the Manoir at Bout L’Abbé"

Jan 01, 2015

The Book Beginning

My book beginning - I decided to write a historical novel with the main character being a venerable manor house telling its history as illustrated by successive generations of people linked to it.

Continue reading "The Book Beginning"

Mar 30, 2014


What is it about the French-British-Relationship? There are countless anecdotes regarding the French-British relationship and that love/hate thing going on between these two neighboring countries.

Continue reading "French-British-Relationship"

Mar 23, 2014

Events and Happenings

Here is where I will keep you up to date on upcoming festivals, commemorations, events, etc.

Continue reading "Events and Happenings"

Mar 16, 2014

The History of Aeropostale

What’s behind the popular clothing brand “Aeropostale” (Aéropostale)? Obviously there’s a French origin. Here's how Cupid, once again, stepped in to teach me a thing or two.

Continue reading "The History of Aeropostale"

Jul 28, 2013

An American In France Blog

Want to get a glimpse into real French life? Here, I will give periodic updates and musings on my life in France!

Continue reading "An American In France Blog"

Jul 28, 2013

D-Day Landings in Normandy

The 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy found me at Ver-sur Mer listening to speeches given by the mayor, the uniformed Army chap from England & the oldest citizen of the small village.

Continue reading "D-Day Landings in Normandy"

Jul 26, 2013


Where are some great places to go shopping without tourist price tags?

Continue reading "Shopping"

Jun 01, 2013

Alsace - the picturesque East region of France

The pure and unsophisticated charm and romance of Alsace, the picturesque region in the eastern edges of France

Continue reading "Alsace - the picturesque East region of France "

Jan 20, 2013

Château de Versailles

Things I found out while visiting the Château de Versailles...

Continue reading "Château de Versailles"

Jan 20, 2013

French Champagne

Champagne has become synonymous with celebrations. Weddings, birthdays and each New Year’s eve. What else would one expect to drink when there’s a momentous occasion?

Continue reading "French Champagne"

Dec 26, 2012

December 2012 Michigan Book Signing

Read here about my December 2012 book signing in Michigan.

Continue reading "December 2012 Michigan Book Signing"

Visit Diane's Amazon Author Page Here!