France

The Palace of Versailles: End of an Empire

The Palace of Versailles To say that the Palace of Versailles was the reason that the Ancien Regime of France fell is, to be sure, a total oversimplification of complex social and economic factors that were in play in late-1700’s France. To walk these halls today, however, it takes little imagination to understand how there … Continue reading »

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Champagne on the Seine: A Booze Cruise with Views

Champagne on the Seine: A Booze Cruise with Views You know what makes even the most mundane experience a little bit better? Champagne.  

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Monet’s Garden: Biking to Giverny

Monet’s Garden: Biking to Giverny Much like the story of Monet himself, the story of a trip to Giverny starts most properly in Paris’ Gare Saint-Lazare. Looking very much the same today as it did when Monet lived just nearby in the late 1870’s, to wait for the train to Vernon here is to live … Continue reading »

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Le Paradis Latin: A Paris Cabaret.

Le Paradis Latin: A Paris Cabaret Walking past in the middle of the day, you might never notice this switched-off sign or neon-less exterior tucked away on 28 Rue de Cardinal Lemoine on an unobtrusive street just near Paris’ student district. Return at night, though, and it beckons like a beacon to curious passersby. But, … Continue reading »

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Citroen 2CV Paris: Classic Cars for a Classy City

Citroen 2CV Paris: Classic Cars for a Classy City Nothing says cool like a classic car. Cruising in a top-down convertible makes any city seem more beautiful, but doing it in Paris? Who couldĀ so no to that?! Perhaps this is something of a nod to the fact that between my father and my uncle there … Continue reading »

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Cook’N With Class: Making French Desserts in Paris

Cook’N With Class: French Dessert Course in Paris Paris is a beautiful city, but there are only so many Seine Cruises I can do before going a little bit crazy! While spending a few weeks there taking photos for GetYourGuide recently I wanted to scheduleĀ a couple of more offbeat and especially enjoyable activities to break … Continue reading »

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