Designated “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”—The Most Beautiful Villages

Gordes, France (J. Chung)

Where are the designated “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”? And how many have you visited?  While Paris, Bordeaux, and Lyon are grand and have much to see, many visitors to France often overlook the small villages. Although France has over 32,000 villages, only 158 have been given the prestigious designation of being one of the MOST beautiful villages of France. In 1982, the French government created the list to promote the small and picturesque French villages of quality heritage. Continue reading →

Exploring The Caves at Aven d’Orgnac

La Grotte-Aven d'Orgnac-Caves at Aven d’Orgnac

The Ardèche region, often overlooked by visitors to France, is located in the southeastern area. It has the largest canyon in Europe, numerous opportunities for outdoor activities (ie. kayaking under Pont d’Arc), and villages designated “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” (most beautiful villages of France). But what really stands out are the prehistoric sites and caves, some dating back over 35,000 years. The most famous: the caves at Aven d’Orgnac. Continue reading →

Augmented Reality At The Relief Map Museum In Paris

Mont Saint-Michel-Augmented Reality At The Relief Map Museum In Paris

For years I’ve been interested in visiting the Relief Map Museum in Paris. Before you say, “BORING!” you should realize that these are 3D maps and during my recent visit I was treated to an extra special feature: augmented reality. I “experienced” Mont Saint-Michel inside and out using a unique headset where I learned about the history and development of the Abbey through visuals and audio narration. Continue reading →