Category Archives: France

Reminding Us Why Recording of Our History Is Important.

The idiom ‘here today, (and) gone tomorrow’ is a reminder of the tragedy that unfolded in Paris yesterday. This rings true even with such centuries old icon places, that can be damaged in such a short period of time either by natural disaster or man-made events. In fact, many of the places one wishes to visit today just may not

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Why Did You First Decide to Travel?

The reason for why one first chooses to travel may be easy to answer and includes: taking the summer off from college, wishing to get out of that small town you grew up in, or having that adventurous spirit to see this beautiful planet.  Why did you first choose to travel?  My Reasons for Traveling: If I have to first

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Normandy France- Juno Beach

During my most recent visit to France, I wanted to visit Normandy and decided to visit the Canadian memorial to D- Day on June 6, 1944. The Juno Beach Centre is dedicated as a museum to honor the sacrifice of some 45,000 young Canadian men and women who fought alongside Allied forces to liberate France during World War II. “The Juno

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Paris’ Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower A few facts that you may or may not know about this mammoth structure that stands out among the buildings in its own park are as follows: Built in 1889 as part of the grand entrance to the Paris World Exposition. The Tower is 986-feet tall and was the world’s tallest building until New York’s Chrysler Building

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The Chambord Estate at 500

We visited this château during the 2018 Christmas season, but 2019 marks the 500 year anniversary of the Estate of Chambord.  Located in the Loire Valley, the estate contains the largest and most recognized châteaux, the Château de Chambord. It has a very distinctive French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. The château, which was never completed,

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Château de Chenonceau

During our visit in Paris, we wanted to visit the Loire Valley and we made a stop via the SNCF train system to explore the Château de Chenonceau This Ladies’ château or castle, is worthy of your time during your visit in the Loire valley.  There is a nicely chronological details of the history of this second castle over the Cher

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Domaine de Chantilly-France

  The Château de Chantilly As one of the jewels of France’s cultural heritage, we had to visit this site. The amazing part is that this site has survived through the generation and was once a home of the last King of France- Louis-Philippe son’s- the Duke of Aumale. The chateau houses most of the Dukes’ masterpieces and other collected

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Palace of Versailles

Gates to the Palace

During your visit to Paris, the Palace of Versailles is a must-see as it is just a short and easy train trip at about 12 miles (20 kilometers) outside of Paris. I visited this fascinated and opulent place with its over-the-top decorations during the Christmas season. As you walk through the Palace, you can explore the grounds including: the Royal

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Christmas in Uneasy Paris

For this year’s Christmas season, we decided to spend time in Paris.  This holiday season the city has been marred by weekly citywide violence that unfortunately became a regular part f the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protests. This did not stop us from continuing to enjoy Paris, but with more caution this time around.  One can see the effects the

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Paris’ Flea Markets-A Must See

During a most recent trip to Paris, I took the #85 bus to Les Puces de Clignancourt for a visit to  “Marché aux puces,” which literally translates to– you guessed it– “flea market”. The largest Paris flea market is located in St. Ouen and was established around 1870.  The name of this market is rumored to have earned its name because

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