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The Abbey of Le Bec Hellouin

Located 50 kilometers southwest of Rouen in the Eure department, the site of the Abbey Le Bec Hellouin is one of the unsung cradles of Christian power in France, as well as for England. Indeed, it is quite remarkable that this abbey has produced three of the archbishops of Canturbury, two of whom were […]

Chantilly Tops Versailles

For quite a while I have felt misgivings about taking clients to see the interior of the Chateau in Versailles. That is not for any lack of marvelous sights to see there. The pace of re-acquisition of exquisite objects and art that were created for Versailles and sold-off after the French Revolution continues unabated. […]

Mona Lisa Moves, Meets Rubens

The line forms under the glass pyramid of the Louvre. It snakes up the escalator into the Richelieu wing,  and up two more escalators to the second floor,  and into the Salle Medicis. That is where Mona Lisa,  also known as Lisa Gherardini, resides until October,  when she will return to where she has […]

Four Churches in Rouen

 

 

‘Town of a hundred steeples,’ Victor Hugo once wrote about Rouen. Today there are still no less than 30 active Rouennais churches, of which four stand out: Notre Dame de Rouen Cathedral, the St. Ouen Abbey Church, the Saint Maclou Church and the Ste. Jeanne Church—each remarkable for different reasons.

The most renowned, of course, […]

Troyes

 

 

One of the most delightful towns in France for tourism, is the capital of the Aube department, Troyes. It is today a community of 60,000, the history of which dates back to Celtic settlements circa 600 BC. Well-developed during the Roman era, it benefitted from being at the intersection of Roman roads that traveled […]

By |July 21st, 2019|Champagne, Travel in France|Comments Off on Troyes|

Skip-the-Summit of the Eiffel Tower

 

 

Visit Paris without mounting to the summit of the Eiffel Tower? Who would suggest something so unthinkable? I do. I urge it if you want to have an enjoyable visit with the Iron Lady. Do not fall for the skip-the-line tickets scam that so many websites tout for the tower. They often do not spare […]

By |July 14th, 2019|Paris, Paris Attractions & Monuments, Travel in France|Comments Off on Skip-the-Summit of the Eiffel Tower|

The Courtauld collection at the Vuitton Foundation

What a collection this is!!! Only to be seen until June 17th at the renowned Frank Gehry building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation in the Bois de Boulogne in western paris, this is one of the most staggering Impresionnist collections ever assembled, period. 110 pieces of art of international stature, among which one finds […]

Dining in Champagne

One of the most popular wine-related tours in France that we perform is our Classic Paris Luxury Tour of Champagne, https://www.parisluxurytours.com/champagne-tours-france/. Because of it, we pass whole days in Reims and Epernay quite regularly, and for our clients we routinely recommend dining establishments that provide excellent French cuisine. Fine wine in Champagne and refined […]

The Grand Paris project

The Grand Paris Project is a gigantic reshaping urban project which focuses on creating a mega railway system throughout the bigger Paris region, thus creating new centers and new habitat as well as reducing the impact of the region’s population on the downtown area.

The project started in 2007 under President Sarkozy and is supposed […]

By |April 12th, 2019|Daily life, Paris|0 Comments|

Obscure Art Treasures in France

If you have had the good fortune to encounter the art of Hieronymus Bosch, and, more fortunate still, the leisure to peruse and contemplate his universe, you may have become as fascinated as I have been with his dramatically powerful imagination and his vivid portrayals of humanity preyed upon by a host of demons […]