Celebrating Cinema At The Lumière Museum In Lyon

Poster at the Lumière Museum In Lyon

When I was a child, my parents took our family to Rochester, New York to visit the Kodak Museum (called the George Eastman Museum).  If there was ONE thing that I remember, it was this round cylindrical device that showed moving images. (I’m positive I saw it there!) It was called a Zoetrope and it was invented before “film animation” was created. Since then I have always been intrigued with movie-making, so when I was in France recently, I was able to discover more about the history of cinema at the Lumière Museum in Lyon. Continue reading →

Some Interesting Backstories To Restaurant Le Petit Choiseul

There are around 40,000 restaurants in Paris. 40,000! There are great ones, horrible ones, and some that you’ll never forget. Why will I always remember this little bistro on the right bank that I just happened to come upon?  Certainly the food and wine were perfect. And the service was attentive and friendly. But there were a few interesting backstories to restaurant Le Petit Choiseul that had me. Continue reading →

14 Truly Unique Chateaux In The Loire Valley

Chateau de Cheverny

[This post originally appeared in April 2015 and has been updated to include more information for travellers looking for unique experiences while in the Loire Valley. Check out the podcast, “Join Us In France” as I share many of these ideas in Episode #168 called, “Loire Valley Castles You Shouldn’t Skip”].

In the Spring of 2015, my friend Judy joined me in France.  After landing in Paris, we headed west to see some truly unique châteaux in the Loire Valley. In 2000, UNESCO designated the Loire Valley (between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes) to be a world heritage site so you know there’s something truly special about the area.

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Learning About Paris While You Run: With Paris Running Tours

Place Dauphine,Paris( Photo- J Chung)

When you visit Paris there are many opportunities to see the sites and learn about French history: bus tours, walking tours, and bicycle tours. But what about running through the streets of Paris with a tour guide? Why on earth would one want to do this? What better way to get some mileage in, be challenged to keep up one’s pace, see the sites over a large area of Paris, and hear some good stories along the way! Recently I had the opportunity to do so with Paris Running Tours. Continue reading →

6 Days In Brittany

6 days in Brittany includes Rochefort-en-Terre. J Chung

Brittany, located in the north-west region of France is the one area which I had never visited, so my recent trip took me there but I only spent 6 days. Only 6 days in Brittany? It worked out well because I only did the central region and I was splitting my 18 day trip into two parts: Brittany and Provence. In this week’s post, I share my itinerary in Brittany and it covers some of my favourite hotels, sights and food finds.
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Seeing Optical Illusions At Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence

Optical illusions at Fondation Vasarely

When I was in Gordes, Provence the very first time in 1978, the Château de Gordes had an art exhibit highlighting the work of Victor Vasarely, the father of “Op Art”.  Op art is a form of abstract art where the illusion of movement is created by the combination of geometry, colours and patterns. What results are amazing optical illusions. I bought a print of one of his paintings but I gave it away many years later. I have always regretted this, which is why, I suppose, I returned to see those optical illusions at Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence.

Perhaps I wanted to feel the same joy and excitement that I had during my first trip. But sadly, it was a disappointing visit and not because of the art.

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