France

Things to do in France

 

My French Loves:

Pere LaChais Cemetery – Gorgeous landscaping, rolling hills, interesting tombstones, and the resting place of many famous people.  A truly fascinating experience.  

Normandy BeachNormandy got under my skin in a big way.  It made me think and consider the world as a whole, my travels, as well as my relationships with others.  

Beyond the Beach – Normandy offers UNESCO sights, architecture, churches, stinky cheese, and apple brandy.  There is so much goodness to explore – like the truly magnificent Le Mont Saint Michele.

A new way of viewing an iconic image – From the first moment I went to the Eiffel Tower, I seemed to be more fascinated by the culture around the tower rather than the tower itself.

Paris Hotels:

This beautiful light-filled studio apartment nestled near the Seine in the heart of Paris was utter perfection.

French Food:

 Paris Chocolate and Pastry Food Tour – From innovative and sleek to traditional and refined, this tour covering a wide array of Paris chocolate houses kept my sweet tooth happy.

Pictures of France:

Do you love fresh new perspectives on iconic images?  If so, get yourself over to my Pictures of France gallery and check out my French photos.  Oh la la!

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Jean-Pierre met me at the front of the building on a cobblestone street in the 3rd arrondissement. He smelled of cigarette smoke and was dressed very professionally. He introduced himself and preceded to walk me through the lovely cobblestone courtyard and upstairs to my little studio apartment I was staying in via Go With Oh.  […]

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When you think of Normandy attractions – immediately you are thrust into WWII and images of D Day.  There is no shortage of tour buses and tours focused on WWII sites in the area.   However if you look beyond the cemeteries, memorials, American flags, plaques, and gift shops you’ll find that Normandy is much more […]

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clothes hang on a line in Italy

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Hop On Hop Off European Train Travel

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First class car in Italy

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Will the real Eiffel Tower Please Stand Up?

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Everyone around me was taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower, but I was distracted by the thousands of other Eiffel Towers and the touts carrying them. From the first moment I went to the Eiffel Tower, I seemed to be more fascinated by the culture around the tower rather than the tower itself. There are […]

Paris in Pictures

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My 36 hours in Paris were dedicated to photography; it was my only goal. Photography is still very new to me; I bought my first SLR camera in 2006 and took lessons to learn how to use the camera.  Therefore my first travels never really had a photography element to them. Therefore, when I found […]