Arc de Triomphe – Napoleon’s Triumphal Arch

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

“Go Home Beneath Triumphal Arch” – A Promise by Napoleon to his Men: Though less artistic than its older cousin of Porte Saint-Denis, the Arc de Triomphe is the more famous and far larger. Set on Place de Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, atop the hill of Chaillot, it forms the centre from which radiates a dozen […]

Musée du Louvre – The World Famous Louvre Museum

The Louvre, Paris

The Louvre has One of the most Important Art Collections in the World: Unquestionably the most famous name in the world of art museums, the Musée du Louvre (the Louvre) largely deserves its renown. Enormous and filled with irreplaceable treasures from around the world, this premier collection of art exhibits offers something for everyone. The […]

Château de Versailles – Palace of the 'Sun King'

Château de Versailles - Paris

Versailles Palace is one of the most beautiful creations of 18th-century French art: As you approach the gates of the Château de Versailles you inescapably have the feeling of entering not a palace but an entire city. The impression is justified given the massive scale of the building and the even larger grounds. Beginning as […]

Reims – A City of Coronations and Champagne

Reims Town Hall - Reims Tourism

Reims – a City of Art and History Champagne alone is enough to attract visitors to Reims. This city is home to distinguished champagne brand names like Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Pommery, Mumm, Lanson, Martel, Ruinart, Canard-Duchêne and Piper-Heidsieck. The Champagne City With such a concentration of brand name champagnes, there can be no doubt that […]

Hospices de Beaune – a Medieval Treasure

Beaune Hôtel Dieu

Hôtel-Dieu or Hospices de Beaune is this city’s Medieval Jewel : One of Beaune’s medieval treasures is the Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu, a hospital that was built for the poor and needy by Nicolas Rolin and his wife, Guigone de Salins, in 1443 after the Hundred Years War. The Hôtel-Dieu’s striking geometric glazed-tile roof […]

Interesting and Fun Facts about Normandy Cheeses

Petit Livarot - Normandy Cheese..

Some Interesting and Fun Facts about Normandy’s AOC Cheeses : Normandy produces many specialty cheeses and of these, four have achieved AOC stripes:  Camembert, Livarot, Neufchâtel and Pont-l’Évêque . We know that Normandy’s fromages AOC are absolutely delicious, but here are some interesting and fun cheese facts that not many people know about …. or […]

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 […]