Paris has the Louvre Museum. London has the Tower of London. Barcelona has the Familia Sagrada. So what made my visit to Marseille memorable? Two things: the outdoor area at MuCEM and the seafood. [There would be three things but there weren’t any boats heading out to Chateau d’If in January, so I’ll have to go back another time.] Continue reading →
I made a mistake the first time I visited Albertville, France. Walked around the quaint town and saw the giant Tour de France t-shirt but discovered afterwards that I had missed one of the best parts of the area. Fortunately, I was going through the town on my way to Chamonix, so I made a stop and so glad I did. This is an experience I would have regretted missing: seeing the Cité Medievale de Conflans. Continue reading →
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Thank you Charles Dickens for the quote. You must have hiked in the French Alps and experienced what I did. There are two types of experiences when one hikes: one where you are cursing most of the way up or down, and the other where the trek is challenging but doable and you are able to take in all the gorgeous views. Both were encountered during recent hikes in the French Alps and I have some advice if you are thinking about hiking in the area. Continue reading →
After all of the doping scandals in the past few years, I think the interest in the Tour de France, the annual bicycle race primarily held in France has waned. While there are still crowds cheering on the riders, especially when they have their final ride down the Champs Elysée in Paris, I have heard comments from locals that it just doesn’t mean a lot to them.
I thought I’d feel the same way until I was in France recently. When I realized I would actually be in the same area as the Tour, I started getting excited. I knew it would be a miracle to actually catch the riders zooming by but thought I would take a chance. I downloaded the map from the Le Tour website and upon my departure from Evian-les-Bains, made my way to the Auvergne-Rhone-Alps area. Continue reading →
At the beginning of the year I listed some of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 and while it covered the gamut of some foods, sites, and experiences, I didn’t fully delve into the places that I have yet to visit in France. Places that YOU might not have considered either. Although you might have already visited France once or twice, it is a BIG country and there is so much to see. So what other places in France should you see? Continue reading →
[2016 is the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s arrival in Amboise, so it is fitting to share with you information about where he lived and worked, Château du Clos Lucé]
What town or country do you associate with “Leonardo da Vinci”? Bet you don’t think of France. You should because da Vinci lived in the Loire Valley at Château de Cloux, now known as Château du Clos Lucé from 1516 to 1519 after being invited by the King of France. He worked here until his death on May 2, 1519. Leonardo da Vinci was not only a painter and sculptor, but he was also an inventor, engineer, and visionary and it is at Clos Lucé, also known as the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, where you will really discover the genius. I highly recommend a visit. Continue reading →