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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How to Photograph Paris

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How to photograph paris

I’ve been to Paris multiple times, and each time I find new inspiration. It’s one of my favorite cities to photograph, and I know I’m not alone. I’ve developed a few tricks on how to photograph Paris so that I can bring home unique photos of the most photographed Paris sites. Before I share my […]

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best chocolate in paris

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The Best Place I’ve Ever Stayed in Paris

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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.  […]

Normandy’s Non-WWII Sites

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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 […]

Enemies and Friends in Normandy

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I stood staring at the wide expanse of Omaha Beach squinting my eyes, trying to imagine what that historic day was like. D Day seems so far away now – ancient. My mind was swimming in thoughts amplified by the fact that I was here visiting this WWII Normandy invasion sight with my European friends […]

European Cultural Oddities

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clothes hang on a line in Italy

Travel in Europe for me is pretty easy compared to the rest of the world. However – easy should not be confused with uninteresting. Europe challenges me to dig deeper, look harder, observe more to find the subtle cultural differences that exist between European culture and my own.. I sometimes feel like my magic super […]

Hop On Hop Off European Train Travel

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First class car in Italy

I lean my head back on the seat and gaze out the window as I gently rock back and forth. The landscape accelerates by me in a blur and I allow my brain to explore it’s dark depths. I think, “this could be anywhere, it looks like Illinois, Nebraska, or Wisconsin. I continue to suspend […]