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Palais Royal Paris

Written by on April 10, 2016 in Paris
Palais Royal Paris

For one weekend every year the citizens of forty-nine countries throughout Europe are given access to more culture than you can shake a stick at. In Paris the doors of about 35 historic buildings normally closed to the public are thrown open with a flourish. It all began in France in 1983 when the Ministry […]

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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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Bonnieux Provence

Written by on August 3, 2015 in Provence-Alpes
Bonnieux Provence

Humans have lived on the land now called Bonnieux in Provence for more than twelve thousand years. Perched on a rocky hill in the area known as The Luberon, near the pass between the Petit Luberon and Grand Luberon mountains… Of course the Romans made the most of this stunning and productive landscape opposite Mont […]

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Visiting Saint Remy de Provence

Written by on June 1, 2015 in Provence-Alpes
Visiting Saint Remy de Provence

Driving into Saint Remy de Provence, it is impossible not to notice the avenues of plane trees that are gnarled and knobbled like the arthritic hands of an old man. Their crowns are pollarded once each year, to keep them from knitting together over the road. Plane trees are enormous, tolerant of pollution and drought. […]

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Porte Saint-Denis Paris

Written by on May 27, 2015 in Paris, Photo gallery
Porte Saint-Denis Paris

Paris is a city full of surprises and never fails to deliver. No matter how many times you visit there’s always something new to discover… like the breathtaking Porte Saint-Denis on the Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle in the 10th arrondissement… Porte Saint-Denis was built on the orders of Louis XIV in 1672 to celebrate his […]

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Place des Vosges A Small Square Of Parisian Paradise

Written by on May 11, 2015 in Paris
Place des Vosges A Small Square Of Parisian Paradise

At the Bastille end of the Marais on the right bank is a small square of Parisian Paradise. Place des Vosges is the city’s oldest square. It’s tiny compared to the Jardin du Luxembourg on the left bank or Jardin des Tuileries alongside the Louvre. It’s a garden bed in comparison to one of those […]

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