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 […]

A Romantic Walk around Frédéric Chopin's Paris

Chopin Monument

Paris sights that bring you in touch with Chopin: When Frédéric Chopin left Warsaw in 1830, he  set out for Vienna which he had visited  the year before.  Chopin had aroused interest in his music the previous year  and he now hoped to make a more lasting impression. Unfortunately for Chopin, the time was not […]

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 […]

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 […]