Chateaux

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Château Gaillard

One of the most memorable monuments of Upper Normandy is perched looking west on a height of 90 meters, over-looking the Seine River Valley, at Les Andelys. It is called Château Gaillard, and was a state-of-the-art example of medieval fortress architecture when it was built at great expense by Richard-the-Lion-Heart in the remarkably short […]