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Locations of Interest

An Emotional Visit to the French Deportation Memorial – a Holocaust Memorial

As I approached the French Deportation Memorial on Ile de la Cité, I felt myself becoming tense.  Over the years, I’ve read many books on the holocaust. From my first encounter of the deportation and holocaust atrocities through the Diary of Anne Frank, I will never forget my mother’s admonishment. We must never forget ...

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Moulin de Moidrey is a Working Mill Near Mont St-Michel

We stopped in at Moulin de Moidrey on our way from Mont St-Michel to Fougères several summers ago. My fascination with windmills stems from childhood so when I first got to climb inside a windmill on a trip to the Netherlands, I was totally hooked on exploring every mill I can find. This mill is just 5 km from Mont St-Michel ...

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Lys in Southern Burgundy is an Artisan Filled Gem

Have you ever heard of or been to Lys? This small hamlet of artisans is well-known locally but if you try searching for information, it is difficult to discover much of anything. Pinpointing Lys on a map app or google is also difficult because it is so tiny - be prepared to zoom in multiple times!A google map is at the bottom ...

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Les Papilles is our Favorite Paris Restaurant

Without a doubt, our favorite Paris restaurant is Les Papilles. Although we like to think of ourselves as budget travelers, we always save money for a visit to Les Papilles. This is, after all, Paris that we are talking about! We love the neighborhood bistro feel to Les Papilles and that we are lunching with ...

Parc Monceau – a bit of England in Paris

Parc Monceau is a lovely little park in the 8th arrondissement. Slightly more than one-third the size of Luxembourg Gardens which was built to resemble the Florence gardens of Catherine de Médicis' childhood, Parc Monceau is an English style garden.  This park has a less structured feel than the Luxembourg Gardens and I was ...

Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau – Avenue Rapp in Paris’ 7th Arrondissement

When did Art Nouveau in Paris turn into a passion for me? It had to be when I saw this door on an internet post. Isn’t it the most amazing piece of architecture you have ever seen?  This incredible architecture on Avenue Rapp is close to the Eiffel Tower. It is definitely some of my most favorite Art Nouveau in ...

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Le Passe-Muraille

The History behind Le Passe-Muraille Le Passe-Muraille is a short story by Marcel Aymé (1902-1967) which is forever immortalized in a small square on rue Norvins in Paris. Le Passe-Muraille loosely translates as “walk through walls”. The statue in Place Marcel Aymé, which passes through the wall, represents Dutilleul, ...