Normandy's Fromages AOC

Normandy Cheeses © Atout France / CDT Calvados

Normandy is Famous for its Cheese Making Tradition: Normandy is a cheese producing region and it has its great cows to thank for the abundance of rich milk that they produce. Well known specialty cheeses in Normandy include Camembert, Pavé d’Auge, Livarot, Pont l’Evêque, Neufchatel, Boursin, Brillat-Savarain and Brin de Paille. And if, like  me, […]

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Normandy American Cemetery

Normandy, one of fourteen permanent overseas American WWII cemeteries: A visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial was part of our tour to see some of the Normandy landings sites, the famous landing beaches, the Caen Memorial and other reminders of Normandy’s place in World War II history. The Normandy American Cemetery sits on […]

A Tale of Incredible Bravery at Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument

Pointe du Hoc  – D Day Normandy Invasion : Eight miles west of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument, a memorial that tells the story of the raw courage and incredible feat performed by three companies of the American Second Ranger Battalion during the June 6, 1944 Normandy […]

Notre-Dame – The Finest of French Gothic Architecture

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame de Paris is the Official chair, of the Archbishop of Paris: Notre-Dame Cathedral was commissioned by the Bishop Maurice de Sully in 1160 when he was elected Bishop of Paris. With the strong economic and population growth in Paris and the choice of Paris as the capital of France, Bishop de Sully decided […]

Jardin d'Acclimatation – A Paris Amusement Park for Kids

Jardin D'Aclimatation - Paris

20 Hectares of Paris for Kids’ Amusement: Parents looking for a children’s amusement park in Paris will be pleased that they need go no further than the Bois de Boulogne.  The Jardin d’Acclimatation in the northern section of the Bois Boulogne, has been a paradise for children since 1860. Attractions for children in this 20-hectare […]

Bois de Boulogne – A Park Built by Napoleon III

Bois de Boulogne, Paris

A 865 hectare Park built along the lines of London’s Hyde Park: If you’re travelling with children in Paris and museum visits are making them restless, head for Bois de Boulogne on the western fringe of Paris, in the 16th arrondissement.  This 865 hectare park is usually very busy at weekends with joggers, walkers and […]

Cimetière du Père-Lachaise – The World’s Most-Visited Cemetery

© Atout France/Fabian Charaffi

Cimetière du Père Lachaise – A Resting Place for Luminaries of the Artistic World: Cemeteries are not usually the kind of place that we would include in our travel itineraries, but Paris has three famous cemeteries that are widely visited. Cimetière de Montmartre and Cimetière du Montparnasse are two famous cemeteries, but the most prestigious […]

Sarlat-la-Canéda – Capital of Périgord Noir

Three Geese in the Square

Classified “Ville d’art et d’Histoire”, Sarlat is An Artistic and Historic Town: Sarlat-la-Caneda is a town that surprises many people when they visit.  Apart from being the capital of the Périgord Noir, it has the highest concentration of Medieval, Renaissance and 17th century facades of any town in France. We walked into the old town […]

Rocamadour – a Medieval Village and Holy City

View of Rocamadour Village

A Holy City Named After a Hermit – Roc Armator (Lover of Rock): Rocamadour is a medieval village perched on a hillside in the Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy in the Lot 46 departement. The village became one of the most famous centres of pilgrimage following the discovery of an ancient grave and […]

Fête des Fromages – Rocamadour

Rocamadour cheese

The Largest Cheese Festival in the South of France: In the southwest region of France, in the Lot departement, is the tiny village of Rocamadour. Hugging the cliffside of a mountain, the setting of this medieval village looks dramatic. If you could airbrush out the tourists, Rocamadour seems to be untouched by time. Its main […]