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 […]

Opéra Bastille – Paris Opera House

Opéra Bastille - Paris

Opéra Bastille  is a Modern State-of-the-Art Paris Opera House: The Opéra Bastille is a very modern, state-of-the-art opera house on Place de la Bastille in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Inaugurated on 13 July 1989, the Opéra Bastille was intended to replace the Palais Garnier as Paris’ main opera venue.  Although Palais Garnier is mainly used for ballet […]

William the Conqueror's Château de Caen

William the Conqueror's Chateau de Caen

Caen Castle is one of the largest medieval complexes in Europe : Nearly a thousand years on, the town of Caen still identifies strongly with William the Conqueror and its medieval heritage. After all, it was William the Conqueror who invaded England and defeated the English King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. […]

Mémorial de Caen – A Museum Dedicated to Peace

Mémorial de Caen, Normandy

All About The D-Day Landing and the Battle for Caen at the Caen Memorial : The town of Caen in Normandy saw a lot of action during World War II, a war which reduced Europe to a rubble.  During the Normandy invasion and the one hundred days of fierce battle, Caen found itself at the […]

Bayeux Tapestry and The Battle of Hastings

Bayeux Tapestry - Harold's Death

The Battle of Hastings told in a Comic Strip Tapestry : Bayeux, we are told was the first town to be liberated by the Allied Forces in Normandy in 1944. But on our visit today, we’ve come to find out about another war – the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Bayeux is home to the […]