Museums and Châteaux

The Palais des Beaux Arts Lille

Written by on September 26, 2016 in Museums and Châteaux, Nord-Pas de Calais
The Palais des Beaux Arts Lille

I’ve been to Lille several times and somehow never managed to get to the Palais des Beaux Arts. So one sunny morning I set off to spend some time there. Well it was sunny when I left but by the time I got there it was raining, and not just a drizzle, it was bucketing down. […]

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5 Brilliant Free Museums in Paris

Written by on September 13, 2016 in Arty, Museums and Châteaux, Paris, Romantic
5 Brilliant Free Museums in Paris

Most museums are free in Paris on the first Sunday of the month (except during summer months when some of them charge) but there are few that are free all year round.  You may have to pay for access to temporary exhibitions but here are 5 great free museums in Paris that are well worth […]

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Magical Son et Lumière Palais des Papes, Avignon In English

Magical Son et Lumière Palais des Papes, Avignon In English

A son et lumière masterpiece takes place each year at the incredible Palais des Papes, in Avignon, Provence, once the home of Popes. Throughout the summer as night falls and the hot air cools, the palace is festooned in a riot of colour as if daubed with a magic paintbrush. Music booms across the magnificent […]

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Palace of Versailles Shows 2016

Written by on March 30, 2016 in Museums and Châteaux
Palace of Versailles Shows 2016

Fireworks displays, fountains, classical music in the gardens and concerts – the Palace of Versailles summer programme at the Versailles Estate is packed with great events from March to October. Chateau de Versailles Shows  2016 Musical Fountains at Versailles Stroll through the gardens of Versailles that the Sun King himself adored.  The ornamental ponds and fountains […]

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Visit to Cassisium, the Cassis Museum Burgundy

Written by on March 16, 2016 in Burgundy, Museums and Châteaux, Wine and Drinks
Visit to Cassisium, the  Cassis Museum Burgundy

You might not think that Cassis deserves its very own museum but if you ever go to Burgundy, you’ll realise that the blackcurrant liqueur is a star in this region and the Burgundians adore it! Actually it’s a favourite througout France and one of the most popular aperitifs in the country, Kir, uses Cassis. Cassis […]

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Gardens At The Chateau de Fontainebleau

Written by on February 25, 2016 in Museums and Châteaux
Gardens At The Chateau de Fontainebleau

Like the enormous chateau, the gardens of Fontainebleau have undergone major transformations over the centuries including a re-work by France’s most famous gardener Andre Le Nôtre. Today you see incredible statues, and watch the carp in the pond, just as Louis XIV did. Out in the grounds, you can’t help but be impressed by the […]

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The Chateau de Fontainebleau Ile de France

Written by on February 25, 2016 in Museums and Châteaux
The Chateau de Fontainebleau Ile de France

If walls could talk then those at the Chateua de Fontainebleau would have plenty to say. Just 55km from the centre of Paris this immense palace simply oozes history… This incredible place has more than 1500 rooms and is the only royal and imperial chateau in France that has been continuously inhabited for eight centuries. […]

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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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