Museums and Châteaux

Chateau de Chantilly Picardy

Written by on February 8, 2016 in Museums and Châteaux
Chateau de Chantilly Picardy

Less than an hour’s drive from Paris is one of the most dazzling castles in France. It lives in a 19,275 acre forest in the department of Oise, Picardy and has had a long and distinguished history… Like something in a story book, the Chateau is elegant and quite stunningly beautiful and if those walls […]

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Musee de Carnavalet Paris

Written by on December 30, 2015 in Arty, Museums and Châteaux, Paris, Romantic
Musee de Carnavalet Paris

The Musee de Carnavalet in Paris was once home to a Marquise. Today it houses a fabulous collection of furniture, sculpture, paintings and more, dedicated to the history of Paris in a stunning Renaissance buildings, one of the oldest houses in the Marais area of Paris. Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, the Marquise de Sévigné was a […]

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Guédelon Castle in France

Written by on December 7, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux
Guédelon Castle in France

After watching the inspiring 5-part BBC Two Documentary Series #Secrets of the Castle, and reading about the exciting Guédelon castle project in The Good Life France Magazine, I decided to make a trip there, as part of the research for my current novel, Blood Rose Angel, which is set in medieval times. A car journey from […]

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Museum of History of Medicine Paris

Written by on October 27, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Paris, Quirky
Museum of History of Medicine Paris

The Museum of History of Medicine Paris is slightly macabre, fantastically intriguing and wonderfully well presented. It’s not just a place for those with an interest in medicine either, it’s for everyone, history fans to architecture buffs and completionists wanting to tick another Parisian sight off their lists… First though a little history: the Museum […]

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Casa San Martin Boulogne sur Mer France

Written by on September 10, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Nord-Pas de Calais
Casa San Martin Boulogne sur Mer France

Boulogne-sur-Mer is known for many things – its lovely old town with cobbled streets and elegant squares, and as the premier fishing port in France. It is, however not very well known that it is a place of pilgrimage for many Argentinians who flock to visit the Casa San Martin, the last home of the […]

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Palace of Chocolate Vaux-le-Vicomte

Written by on September 6, 2015 in Gastronomy, Museums and Châteaux
Palace of Chocolate Vaux-le-Vicomte

Chocolate and Chateaux – that phrase just rolls off the tongue and feels you with good thoughts doesn’t it! So how does chocolate and the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, one of the most beautiful castles in France sound in one sentence?! For three days in November 2015, the castle will be transformed into a fantasy Palace […]

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Peek into a Living Museum at the Chateau du Lude Sarthe

Written by on July 7, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Pays de la Loire
Peek into a Living Museum at the Chateau du Lude Sarthe

There are thousands of chateaux in France, some of them we all know of, like Versailles, others are far less well known. The Chateau de Lude located on the banks of the river Loir, Sarthe, is not as famous as some but it is a quite extraordinary castle. When I stumbled upon it in a […]

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Musée des Confluences Lyon, France

Written by on June 17, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Rhône Alpes
Musée des Confluences Lyon, France

The Musée des Confluences, a magnificent new museum both architecturally and in its content, which sets off to explain, well, the history of everything…or so it seems. Do not miss this stunning experience, but do allow a good few hours, including on-site lunch, to get the best from the experience. This huge square, all 62,000 […]

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The Crypt of Notre Dame Cathedral, Boulogne-sur-Mer

Written by on May 29, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Nord-Pas de Calais
The Crypt of Notre Dame Cathedral, Boulogne-sur-Mer

It isn’t often that I’m completely and utterly astonished but on a trip to Boulogne-sur-Mer on the Opal Coast recently – that’s exactly what happened. There is a church in the town that the Kings of France held in such high esteem that they made a pilgrimage there believing that if they didn’t, they would […]

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The Louvre Paris Facts, Art and Tickets

Written by on May 18, 2015 in Funky, Museums and Châteaux, Paris
The Louvre Paris Facts, Art and Tickets

So enormous is the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum that it would take three months to view every piece of art contained in it, and that’s if you spent just 30 seconds looking at each artwork all day, every day without a break. There are more than 7,500 paintings, the displays cover nearly 15 […]

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