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The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

 

Why We Love Toulouse as the Gateway To South West France

We have to confess we stumbled upon Toulouse in France and the airport at Toulouse accidentally. First, we were looking to visit Carcassonne, then we decided to go skiing in the Spanish Pyrenees and, finally, we decided to take an Armagnac tour.  All of these...

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Photo Essay: The Gardens of Chateau de Chaumont

The Chateau de Chaumont sur Loire doesn’t immediately impress you with its grandeur.  Instead you are struck by the country garden charm of the place.  Right behind the entrance office, there is a giant rabbit topiary.  Garden paths meander past contemporary art and...

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A Parisian Tale of Two City Railway Gardens

Turning disused city train tracks into urban parks are all the rage these days.  The grandaddy of them all, the Parisian Promenade Plantee was opened in 1993.  Other city railway gardens around the world now include New York City's The High Line, Sydney's The Goods...

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Under The Languedoc Sun, Another Side to the South of France

“Are you sure this is it?” I remarked to my husband. “It doesn’t look very fancy.” “We have a weekend without the kids. That’s luxury in itself.” He responded. We had found Maison Laurent on the main road in the town, a four-story cloud grey townhouse with sage green...

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How The Inquisition Made Friends and Influenced People

And, the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan Although Thomas Hobbes was writing about the conditions of war in 1651 not much had changed since medieval times.  Life was even nastier and shorter if you caught the attention of...

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Not Just Pretty Medieval Faces in Carcassone

I was fascinated by the stone medieval carvings in the city of Carcassone, the largest and best preserved walled city in Europe.   The faces were so expressive that you could only marvel at how talented the stone masons must have been. This statue is Lady Carcas who...

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Visiting The D-Day Beaches in Normandy

Did you know that when the Allied Troops landed on the D-Day beaches, they were accompanied by a bagpipe player? Private Bill Millin, also known as Piper Bill, was ordered by the British commander, Brigadier Lord Lovat,  to play the bagpipes to keep the soldiers'...

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Sainte Chapelle: The Parisian Jewel in the Crown

In a beautiful city such as Paris, you know that something has to be really special to be listed among its most beautiful buildings. My favourite church in Paris, Saint Chapelle, is tiny in comparison to other Parisian monuments but it is like stepping into a jewel...

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Born Wild on the French Ski Slopes

Richard Orlinski is one of France's most famous contemporary artists.  I had not heard of him before I saw his works at the Val d'Isere ski resort in the French Alps. Orlinski mostly works with contemporary materials like resin and aluminium.  He is known for creating...

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Les Bon Bons To Keep The Kids Sweet

After a hard day's skiing, I felt my kids and their friends deserved to sample some French candy.  It also gave me an excuse to go to the Monday market at the French Alpine resort of Val d'Isere to check out the stands.  There were a handful of stands doing French...

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Christmas Serenity in Notre Dame in Paris

For the past few years we have gone to Paris in December because the Eurostar makes it so easy to get there from London.  As Audrey Hepburn is reputed to have said, Paris is always a good idea.  One of my favourite things to do in Paris at Christmas is visit the...

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Home Sweet Hotel Christiana

As a general rule, we don't stay in the same hotel more than once because we like to try new places and experiences.  The only time we have broken this rule is sking in Val D'Isere and the Hotel Christiana.  So you figure the Hotel Christiana has to be something...

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Pinch Me: A Fairytale Chateau

We got married in Chateau de Breteuil in the suburbs of Paris.  Why?  Mostly to stop our mothers from interfering (neither lives in France).  I can't say our choice was a hardship because we had a beautiful setting, delicious food and wine and a sunshine-filled day....

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Family Restaurants in Val d’Isere

We've been skiing in Val d'Isere in France for several years now.  The slopes are a good mix of easy and hard, the instructors are excellent and the cuisine is superb. We have had enough meals over the course of the years to recommend several family-friendly...

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The Really Uber Grand Palais in Paris

The fabulous Cartier:  Style and History Exhibit I went to in December is being held at the Grand Palais in Paris.  The Grand Palais is located off the Champs Elysees and is a famous historic building as well as a gallery and an exhibition hall. Built in 3 years in...

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Cartier: Style & History Exhibits the Sparkle of Legends

On my last visit to Paris, I was lucky enough to see Cartier:  Style & History, the largest exhibition of the master jeweller's couture works to date.  In all honesty, I was blown away by how well this exhibit was done.  The craftmanship involved in Cartier's couture...

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Christmas Festivities in Paris

Other than the window displays at the big department stores, how else does Paris jazz itself up?  Well, the CIty of Lights is big on lights, naturally. We went to the Christmas market on the Champs Elysses.  It was fun and very crowded.  Not particularly oozing in...

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Christmas at the Parisian Department Stores

New York City has a whole host of stores that go to town with their Christmas displays - Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdales. In London, we have Harrod's, Harvey Nicks and Selfridges that get all creative with their...

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Hotel Review: Le Pavillon Des Lettres

Before we had children, my husband and I decide our lifetime ambition would be to visit all of the Small Luxury Hotels in the world.  Yes, we are really that shallow.  Unfortunately, lots of the SLH hotels don't take little children and so our plan was put on hold....

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Searching for My Lost Shaker of Salt in Paris

Mr. N is in Paris on business and I tagged along.  We haven't travelled without the children in 3 years and absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?  I absolutely adore Paris and any excuse to go there, however weak, works for me. One of our favourite places to eat...

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City of Sweet De-Lights

I've read several theories on how Parisian women maintain their enviable figures.  One theory is that they never eat until they are full but just until they are no longer hungry.  In a city full of culinary delights, that takes some serious willpower!  I tend to eat...

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