Of course I do the usual - read guidebooks and do Google searches. At the moment I'm working on the days we will be spending in Marseilles/southern France, though, and it's easy to make that fun! For instance, I spent the morning reading
|source - A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle on Amazon|
And once afternoon hit, it was time for lunch!
Mimosas and Croque Madames, of course, though we had sparkling wine rather than actual Champagne (because Champagne is only Champagne when it's from the Champagne region of France, of course).
Just goes to show you that trip prep doesn't always have to be poring through guidebooks and Trip Advisor reviews :)