Take Your Daughter To This Museum In Paris

Pierre and Marie Curie and daughter Irène Joliot-Curie and son-in-law, Frédéric Joliot-Curie

I never really cared for the sciences when I was an adolescent. In high school,  I almost failed chemistry and at home, my chemical engineer father would bug me by using chemical terms all the time. Instead of saying, “Pass me the salt”, he’d say, “Pass me the NaCl (Sodium Chloride).” He liked the periodic table of elements whereas I preferred pop music. Had he taken me to the Marie Curie Museum in Paris during my first trip to France, I might have had a greater appreciation for the sciences. This free museum is worth a visit, especially for young women. They will be inspired by the story of one of the greatest scientists in the world. Continue reading →

Don’t Miss These Hidden Gardens In Etretat (Jardins d’Etretat)

Hidden gardens in Etretat

If I hadn’t read about these unique gardens in Etretat, I would likely not have visited them and that would have been a shame. These hidden gardens in Etretat, simply called, “Jardins d’Etretat”, are rather unusual, to say the least, but they also offer amazing views of the town and the Etretat Cliffs.  I highly recommend a visit to the gardens and fortunately, they are located right by Falaise d’Amont, Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Gard, and Monument “L’Oiseau Blanc” (which honors the two French pilots who disappeared near Etretat during their flight from Paris to New York City), so you’ll have other sights to see nearby. Continue reading →

Sound and Light Shows In Paris and Provence That You Must See

Les Carrieres de Lumieres, Les Baux (featured img)-Sound and Light Shows In Paris and Provence

It’s one thing to go to a museum and look at a famous work of art and be impressed. It’s another thing to see art immersed in sound and light shows in Paris and Provence. In this case, at Atelier des Lumières and Carrières de Lumières, you’ll be blown away. Imagine popular works of art projected onto gigantic walls and choreographed to classical and modern music. Here you have digital art exhibitions for the 21st century. This is what they’re all about and why you must visit them: Continue reading →

Is It Wrong To Attend La Course Camarguaise (Provencal Bullfighting)?

Razeteurs and one bull-Cocarde d'Or

I got flack back in July on a social media platform after I shared a photo of an event that I went to in Arles, a popular town in the south of France. The criticism stemmed from the use of bulls in “La Course Camarguaise”—Provencal bullfighting—stating that the spectacle was cruel to the animals.  The event that I went to was the finale of the Arles Festival and this event has been going on for decades. Was it wrong to attend la course camarguaise—-the Cocarde d’Or? You be the judge. Continue reading →

Visit the abandoned railway in Paris? La Petite Ceinture

Abandoned railway La Petite Ceinture (J. Chung)

Take a look at the photo above. Would YOU really want to visit this place? I was NOT impressed and expected so much more when I recently made the trek to the 20th arrondissement in eastern Paris (Trip #30). So many websites (including the Paris tourism board) were touting this interesting place as an oasis of greenery and nature. So I thought, ”Gee, I better check this out. Sounds like a really unique place to write about.” Unfortunately, when I got to La Petite Ceinture, I felt like I’d wasted my time. While I’ve written this post so you won’t waste your time, this only applies to the entrance that I found. There is a “chance” other sections of La Petite Ceinture might be nicer. The search for better areas will have to come another time. Continue reading →

The Funny Side Of France As Told By David Sedaris

Collection of David Sedaris books

If you’ve got a long journey planned while in France, how will you spend your time? Staring out at the landscape? Talking to your travel partner for hours? Reading? You could do something more studious and listen to French language lessons or French radio. Personally I would much rather hear about the funny side of France as told by David Sedaris. And I don’t care if the French think I’m nuts when they see (and hear) me laugh out loud. Continue reading →