Sainte-Chapelle – A Gateway to Heaven

Sainte Chapelle Upper Chapel, Paris

One of the greatest Architectural masterpieces: This small chapel is a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic architecture and one of the most amazing visual experiences of Paris. Much of this is due to its stained glass windows which surround the entire upper floor.  So stunningly beautiful are its stained glass interior that even in the Middle […]

La Madeleine – a Church Dedicated to Mary Magdalene

La Madaleine, Paris

Built as a temple to honour the glory of Napoleon’s Army: La Madeleine is a church dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, but when it was built, it was intended as a temple to honour the glory of Napoleon’s army.   Its style is Neo-Classical and it was inspired by the Maison Carrée in Nimes, but  had […]

A Walking Tour of Paris’ Fascinating Latin Quarter

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Get in on the secrets, myths and mystique of Paris Latin Quarter: Paris’ history began on the Left Bank or Rive Gauche. The area, south of the River Seine,  has always attracted great artists, writers, philosophers, revolutionaries and musicians. Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Robespierre, Danton, Benjamin Franklin, Bonaparte, Victor Hugo, Verlaine, Musset, Oscar Wilde, Sartre and […]

Rendez-vous at Paris Cafés Renowned for their Famous Clientele

Les Deux Magot, Paris Cafe

Historic Cafés of Paris: Paris is famous for its café scene and an enduring image is of Parisians passing time at a café reading their newspaper,  friends having a rendez-vous over a slow drink, businessmen and women discussing deals in a relaxed environment or people just chilling out and watching the world go by. But […]

Le Procope – the Oldest Café in the World

Café Procope

At Le Procope, the first literary coffeeshop was born: Paris’ Left Bank area is full of interesting and historical coffeehouses and cafés and one of the most fascinating must be Café Procope.  It claims to be oldest coffeehouse in the world. Le Procope is in rue d’lAnciennne Comédie which was previously called rue de Saint-Germain. […]

Canals of Paris

Canal St Martin Footbridge

Discover the more intimate side of Paris on a Canal Cruise: Everyone knows the River Seine and most visitors to Paris would no doubt have taken a Seine river cruise and enjoyed the sights of Paris from the river. But Paris also has three other waterways – canals that were built on the orders of […]

Nîmes’ Remarkable Jardins de la Fontaine

Jardins de la Fontaine - Nîmes

A Visit to Jardins de la Fontaine or Fountain Gardens: A delightful place to enjoy some quiet time in Nîmes is at the Jardin de la Fontaine or Fountain Gardens.  The Hotel Imperator, where are staying, is located on the Quais de la Fontaine, so we are within easy reach of the gardens.  The Quais […]

Les Arènes – Nîmes' Roman Amphitheatre

Les Arènes - Nîmes' Amphitheatre

Nimes’ amphitheatre is still as sturdy as the day it was built: Built at the end of the first century AD, Nîmes’ amphitheatre, Les Arènes, was built from stone and designed mainly to cater for the battles of gladiators. Les Arènes may not be the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire but it is one […]

Maison Carrée – Nîmes' Magnificent Roman Temple

Maison Carrée, Nîmes

Maison Carrée is neither Square nor a House: Right in the center of Nîmes is a magnificent little Roman temple, believed to be one of the most famous and best-preserved temples of the Roman world. Its name Maison Carrée suggests a Square House, but this building is neither square nor a house. Maison Carrée is […]

Saint-Valentin – A Lovers' Village

Cupid

Saint-Valentin named after the Patron Saint of Lovers: Deep in the heart of Champagne Berrichonne, in the Indre department, is the little village of Saint-Valentin which happens to be the only village in France carrying the name of the Patron Saint of Lovers. With their village sharing the name of the Patron Saint of Lovers, […]