Anyone who visits the Haute-Savoie area around Lake Annecy will sooner or later hear about the Plateau des Glières. If you are a walker, or a cyclist or a photographer, this picturesque plateau surrounded by snow-capped mountains is hard to go past. The scene of lush green pastures, fresh alpine […]
Places are about the cities, towns and villages that we have visited. We try to include when we travelled, how we got there, where we stayed, what we did and whom we met. We also include visits to major tourist areas like the Loire Valley, the Pyrenees or the Alps, as well as tourist hot-spots like the Eiffel Tower or Monet's garden at Giverny. Famous castles within cities like Blois, Amboise and Carcassonne are also covered here.
As a painter or a photographer, a visit to Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny invites a comparison between the two crafts. On entering the garden, I was immediately struck by the kaleidoscope of colours and the endless opportunities for the perfect shot. Unfortunately, we were a little late leaving Paris, […]
Collégiale Notre-Dame de Beaune, located in the heart of the old town, is one of the great Romanesque churches of Burgundy. It is only a few minutes walk from Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, Beaune’s other main tourist attraction. Two reason’s not to miss what this church has to offer are its […]
Paris is a city of surprises. Like all surprises, they present when you least expect them. They respect neither place nor time. Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois was one such experience hard to forget. As we often do, Ruth and I were enjoying an after-dinner stroll with the Pont des Arts, sans padlocks, […]
Getting a decent view of the works of art while visiting the Palace of Versailles is an exercise in futility. Try standing back in the Palace to get an appreciation of a six-metre long tapestry without a bunch of noisy school kids or intrepid tourists getting in the way. Well […]
Anyone who is an avid reader of this blog will soon realise that Ruth and I have a penchant for visiting religious institutions. Not that we are particularly religious, but the history, architecture, art and music of these magnificent buildings impel us to open their doors and discover the beauty […]