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Lost in the Louvre Museum: Paris’ Most Crowded Moments.

Lost in the Louvre Museum: Paris’ Most Crowded Moments. If you’ve ever visited Paris’ Louvre Museum, perhaps you can recall a moment that looked a little like this: My first visit to the museum, on my first trip to Paris back in 2006, was very much like that. An all-out sprint to the Mona Lisa … Continue reading »

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Aquarium de Paris: the Cineaqua In Trocadero

L’Aquarium de Paris: The Cineaqua in Trocadero Some things are delightful, regardless of where they happen to be. Good coffee, fresh baked bread, or a beautiful sunset are something to be enjoyed wherever in the world you happen to stumble upon them. It was with that sense, then, that of all the ways to spend … Continue reading »

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Hoge Veluwe National Park: Netherlands au Naturel

Hoge Veluwe National Park: Netherlands au Naturel The biggest little park in the Netherlands, Hoge Veluwe is one of those places that you probably haven’t heard of but certainly ought to visit. I’d wager that if you’re familiar with any part of the park, it would be the outstanding Kröller-Müller museum that lies therein. Perhaps the single most impressive … Continue reading »

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Life in a Medieval City: A Day in Provins, France.

Life in a Medieval City: A Day in Provins, France Sometimes you just don’t get it till you get there. No matter how much you hear about a place, how many adjectives are used to describe its appeal and beauty, you just can’t picture it without actually having seen it. Some things, like the idea … Continue reading »

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Trianon Palace: Be Sure to Try the Cake!

Historians largely believe that the apocryphal “Let them eat cake!” quote was never actually said by Marie Antoinette, but in seeing her lifestyle at the Trianon Palace one can certainly see where the common Frenchman of the 1700’s might believe her capable of such a statement. Le Grand Trianon and Le Petit Trianon are nowhere … Continue reading »

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The Gardens of Versailles: My Favorite Escape

The Gardens of Versailles Perhaps two instances of an event is a bit on the early side for calling it a ‘tradition’, but spending an afternoon doing a lot of nothing in the Gardens of Versailles has been one of my favorite memories of both trips I’ve made to Paris (despite the fact that they … Continue reading »

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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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