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Brocéliande – Forest of Paimpont

The Ponthus Beech, Forest of Paimpont, Concoret

Most of us associate the legends of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and Merlin the Wizard with England. You may be surprised to learn that in Brittany the same legends exist with the same personalities, including Lancelot and Guenivere, Vivien and Morgan, as well as […]

Spindler Artistic Marquetry

Umbel, Spindler Artistic Marquetry

Among the myriad facets of unique artistry and creativity that one often encounters in Alsace, there is a source that is very special and dear to my heart, the Spindler Artistic Marquetry firm. It is a fountain of inspired art that speaks directly and in a very unique way to my […]

Breton Megaliths

Amid the kaleidoscope of fascinating remnants from over 2,000 years of its recorded history, ranging from Roman-era structures to medieval fortresses to Renaissance chateaux, Classical French architecture and some modern masterpieces, every now and then, a traveler in France runs into mysterious remnants of the unrecorded history of France, survivors from the eons since Celts […]

Three Remarkable Ancient French Bridges

 

Some of you may suspect that I am obsessed with bridges, and there is truth to that. The imagery of closing gaps and making connections is innately appealing to me, not only in nature, but also symbolically, when people build bridges to each other. When I decided to try living in France, I had […]

Annals of French Cuisine: the history of Burgundy Snails

For most of the world, eating snails is particularly difficult to understand, if not a revolting prospect. Yet the prestige of French cuisine is such that dining on snails has become one of the pinnacles France’s culinary delights. You might wonder how this came to happen?

The term “escargots de Bourgogne” literally means Burgundy snails. […]

Three ‘Modern’ Bridges

Three ‘Modern’ Bridges

One of the most beautiful bridges in the world spans the Seine River estuary just before the Seine River empties into the English Channel. It is called the Pont de Normandie, and it links the charming fishing port Honfleur on the left bank with the very industrial shipping port of Le Havre […]

Thatched Roof Circuit in Normandy

 

Norman rusticity is an iconic part of the myriad charms of Normandy and France. Few aspects of the French Hexagon attract the visitor’s attention as much as the appeal of simple life in the countryside of Normandy, replete with its own identity, cuisine, culture, way of life and economy. That is one reason why […]

Chateau Champ de Bataille and its gardens

Upper Normandy abounds with must-see sites that you can include in a multiday tour of Normandy. This is true whether you are planning a two, three, or four-day tour. One of the most compelling options is a chateau that is intriguingly named ‘Champ de Bataille’ (field of battle). The name commemorates a battle fought […]

Paris bridges: the Pont des Arts

 

 

The Pont des Arts is one of the most emblematic bridges in Paris. It was the first metallic bridge to be built, precisely under the reign of Napoleon the Ist between 1802 and 1804. It is a fully pedestrian bridge and a symbol of romance for lovers in the city. It is also an […]

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Yellow Vest Movement—Is it Over?

Travelers contemplating a trip to France in 2019 are trying to determine whether the Yellow Vest movement has run its course, or whether there is more of it still to come. Paris Luxury Tours has had some prospective clients postponing booking their 2019 tours, and others who have booked anyway, assuming that sanity will […]