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, […]
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.
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 […]
I can’t remember a trip to Paris that did not include a visit to La Sainte-Chapelle. I have heard so many Vivaldi Four Seasons concerts here that I’ve lost count. Those concerts are certainly an excellent way to admire this magnificent chapel. If nothing else, everyone is seated, and if […]
For museum lovers, Paris has an amazing assortment of almost 250 institutions in and around Paris. One of the gems that often goes unnoticed is Sèvres Cité de la Céramique, a world-class showcase for ceramics from various countries, covering historical periods from Antiquity to modern times, and only about 30 […]
A visit to the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune must surely be at the forefront of any stay in Burgundy. With its Gothic facade, geometrical shapes and flamboyant multi-coloured roof, this monument is a rare example of 15th-century architecture. Shortly after the end of the Hundred Years’ War, Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of […]