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Parks and Gardens

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 ...

A Family Vacation- One Reader’s Trip

What an enchanting French family vacation this sweet couple has shared with me and I, in turn, am delighted to share it with you! Facebook brought us together and I'm delighted to be able to share some highlights from their vacation in France. After messaging me for ideas for a "non-touristy" vacation around Paris, they were ...

quaint streets in Paris

Quaint Streets in Paris

The lovely quaint streets in Paris that I discovered on our last visit will, I think, surprise you. Yes, Paris is filled with Haussmannian style buildings lining grand rues (streets) thanks to a public works program commissioned by Napoleon III. You truly get to appreciate the Haussmannian restructuring of Paris when viewed ...

wall for peace

Wall for Peace

Is it possible that the Paris Peace monument, the Wall for Peace, is the city’s most overlooked monument? Being so close to the Eiffel Tower, I expected to find more people, possibly even crowds but both times I visited the Wall for Peace there were only an handful of people exploring this unique ...

Menton

Menton

Menton France has been calling me ever since I first saw photos of their annual Lemon Festival which takes place the end of February every year. If you are in Menton in the summer, they also have a music festival every August that has been going on since 1950: the French Chamber Opera Festival. [caption ...

Château de Villandry

Château de Villandry is famous for its gardens - described by many as works of living art. However, because we were visiting in October, I resigned myself to the idea that the gardens would be past their prime. I believed that the true beauty would be found inside the  Château.   [caption id="attachment_3360" ...

L'Isle sur la Sorgue

L’Isle sur La Sorgue Provence

One of the most charming medieval towns I have visited in Provence is L’Isle-sur-La-Sorgue. Built along five branches of the Sorgue river, there are several fish filled canals that add to the character of this town. Several lovely water wheels (some still turn) that once provided water for the many lace mills once here just ...