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, […]
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.
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 […]
Versailles is one of the most visited sites in France, with several million visitors each year. Both tourists and locals come to the château and gardens to experience the serenity and beauty it offers. But Versailles is much more than château and gardens. It is a whole city, strictly organised […]
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 […]
Not much has changed in Blois since we last visited, several years ago. It is still cold and wet, even at the end of Spring, and parking has not much improved either. A walk along the Loire to take some photos of the iconic Pont Jacques Gabriel, a sandwich in […]