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 […]

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, […]

Christmas Festival in Aix-en-Provence

Olive varieties on sale

The town of Aix-en-Provence has an interesting Christmas festival. Each year in December, the Festival of New Oil takes place to celebrate the season’s new olive oil and fresh truffles.

Enjoy the Romance of Paris on a Seine Dinner Cruise

Seine Dinner Cruise

Paris, the city of Romance: An essential part of any holiday in Paris is a cruise on the Seine River. The number of river cruise operators and riverboats plying the Seine is evidence of the popularity of this tourist attraction. Cruising down the Seine River on a dinner cruise is a truly romantic and memorable […]