One of the advantages of visiting the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, the largest museum outside of Paris, is that it has relatively few queues, at least that was the case on the two days in June that we attended. Tour groups were conspicuous by their absence. But, school groups […]
French culture is synonymous with Paris, the centre of fashion, art, and architecture. Parisians embrace style and sophistication, cultivation of the mind, and acceptable ways of behaving. Life outside the 'City of Life' can be very different, and our varied experiences reflect as much of this as possible. We cover the churches, the galleries, and the concerts that we visit, as well as writing about some of the quirky French values that the French hold dear.
When Ruth suggested that we visit Basilica de Fourvière – Lyon, I had a sense of foreboding. There are thousands of churches in France (over one thousand in Paris alone), and on the whole, they don’t much impress me. While they may have historical, cultural, religious and architectural significance, many […]
Italy is full of churches. There are little ones, big ones and in-between ones. There are chiesas, duomos, basilicas and cattedrales. They are everywhere. You are sure to pass one, if not more, every day. So, dress appropriately, because you may just want to look inside. Even the smallest of […]
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 […]