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 […]

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 […]

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 […]