For the past few months throughout France the residents in certain French villages have been jumping for joy. Why? They are now in the running for the next “Le Village Préferé des Francais”. And choosing the favourite village of the French in 2018 is done by millions of television viewers throughout France. Stephane Bern, a well known French journalist and television host, will announce the winner on the annual telecast sometime in June. Continue reading →
“You’ve seen one mountain, you’ve seen them all”. This was said by a 14 year old while travelling in the Canadian Rockies. [Disclosure: that was me]. While Paris is full of historic monuments and museums, I can imagine some people (and especially children) saying something similar as they venture through Paris. Fortunately, there is a way to see the “city of lights” in a way that makes the journey much more interesting (and educational)……by doing a city hunt with Paris In Action. Continue reading →
Sometimes you see a photo on the internet or in a magazine and you decide you HAVE to see that place when you visit the city. This was the case for me and my search to see the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) when I was in Paris recently. I say “search’ because upon arriving at what I THOUGHT was the library, I soon discovered I was at the wrong location. In fact, it turns out there are four National Library of France sites in Paris! But my visit wasn’t a total waste. I’ll share two sites worth visiting. Continue reading →
When in Paris, one walks a lot and it’s worth doing as there are so many sites to see. But you can walk down a street and not even realize you’ve passed a historical monument or famous site. I recently discovered that you can see the Bastille fortress—yes, that famous ‘storming of the Bastille’ place—-that made July 14, 1789 famous. I found the remains of the Bastille in the most unlikely places, so if you’re in these four areas, be sure you’re on the lookout for the remnants. You’ll be looking at a little history from 228 years ago. It’s not all rocks, either, particularly at the Bastille Metro where you will see some amazing art (from France’s bicentennial). Continue reading →
It’s one of the top tourist destinations in the world and can get crowded and noisy, particularly when you are visiting during high season. So, when you just need a little break and solitude, here are some gardens, courtyards, and parks to visit to get away from the crowds in Paris. My ONE criteria (besides being quiet)? The surroundings had to be beautiful! These 9 places fit the bill. Continue reading →
Forget the fact that he cut off his own ear. Just remember the sunflowers and the other colourful paintings Vincent Van Gogh did. He was a tortured genius and I have learned so much more about the man and artist through the film, “Loving Vincent” and during my visit to two towns in France: Arles and Saint-Remy-de-Provence.
It is in these two towns in particular where you see van Gogh’s paintings come alive in Provence and learn much more about the artist : through the Van Gogh walking route in Arles and the walk from the centre of Saint-Remy to the Saint-Paul asylum (hospital) where Van Gogh admitted himself. Continue reading →