Jetsetting

The City of Tours – Loire Valley | Discovering France

Place Plumereau Tours is one of the largest cities in the central Loire Valley region of France, and was an extraordinary place to explore. Walking through Place Plumereau, the historical center, with its medieval layout of narrow cobblestone streets and half-timbered buildings was like stepping into a time capsule. It was beyond charming, especially when… Continue reading The City of Tours – Loire Valley | Discovering France

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Maison de Victor Hugo in Paris | Discovering France

I made it an absolute point to visit the Maison de Victor Hugo during one of my visits to Paris. Hugo was brilliant, controversial, and eccentric. He was a poet, politician, and novelist who penned Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Victor Hugo lived a life that could be divided into three major… Continue reading Maison de Victor Hugo in Paris | Discovering France

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Top Museums of PARIS | Discovering France

Paris is one of the world's most famous cities for art and culture, and is one of my favorite locations for museum hopping. From Picasso to Monet; archaeology to architecture; Renaissance paintings to modern sculptures - it can all be found in the museums of Paris. Cluny Museum Throughout my trips to Paris, I have… Continue reading Top Museums of PARIS | Discovering France

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Visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris | Discovering France

The Louvre is massive, and I will be fair in saying that one visit to Paris's most beloved museum is not enough. I have been three times, and I am positive that I have not seen everything. This extraordinary palace turned museum contains countless collections of the world's most famous and priceless pieces of art;… Continue reading Visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris | Discovering France

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Montmartre – A Paris Favorite | Discovering France

People have asked me what is my favorite neighborhood in Paris, and my answer has been 'Montmartre'. This district's architecture is one reason I love this section of the city, but most importantly is what Montmarte has represented to the history of art and culture in Europe. Montmarte is situated on a large hill (430… Continue reading Montmartre – A Paris Favorite | Discovering France

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The Palace of Versailles – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Discovering France

The Palace of Versailles was just so very! The culture, history and politics of France are woven right into this palace; from the glorious gardens, the extravagant Royal Apartments, to its famous Hall of Mirrors. There are centuries of historical moments and various incarnations of the Palace of Versailles, each one intriguing in its own… Continue reading The Palace of Versailles – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Discovering France

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Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris | Discovering France

My fascination with cemeteries and burial sites can be dated back decades, maybe over 30 years. I have always found them intriguing, and not at all scary or macabre. The expression of how someone is buried from the tombs, headstones, and inscriptions are an integral part of being human, and how we handle grief of… Continue reading Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris | Discovering France

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Masterpieces Along the Seine in Paris, France | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

I adore France and have found myself in this remarkable country five times, I obviously have not grown tired of it. Paris has been the centerpiece of my visits to France, and she has always shown me a good time. One of my favorite ways to explore the city is strolling along the banks of… Continue reading Masterpieces Along the Seine in Paris, France | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Palais Garnier – Paris Opera House | Discovering France

In all of its extraordinary pretentiousness the Paris Opera House was stunning, and I loved it. The Opera House was designed using classical and Baroque architecture using elaborate materials such as crimson velvet, crystal, gold leafing, and marble. It was masterfully designed throughout its interior, and is truly a pièce de résistance. Paris Opera House… Continue reading The Palais Garnier – Paris Opera House | Discovering France

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Châteaux of the Loire Valley – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Discovering France

Exploring the châteaux of the Loire Valley was quite a special experience while I was visiting France. I have seen a numerous amount of palaces, castles, and chateaus throughout Europe, but there was something very distinctive about Loire Valley and its châteaux. There are over three hundred in the region that range from traditional fortified castles… Continue reading Châteaux of the Loire Valley – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Discovering France

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World War II Sites of Normandy | Discovering France

Pont du Hoc Visiting Normandy and its WWII sites were both humbling and unforgettable, as an American and a human being. The overwhelming feeling of stillness and solemnness while walking through the American cemetery and the bomb craters at Pont du Hoc was unnerving. I am far from considering myself knowledgeable in World War II… Continue reading World War II Sites of Normandy | Discovering France

Global Dining

Pâtisserie E. Ladurée | The Original Double Decker Macaron

I fell head over heals with Pâtisserie E. Ladurée two decades ago, but this indulgent French sweet shop selling high-end pastries and candy, has been around since 1862. You may know them for their best seller, the double decker macaron with a luscious filling that holds the colorful cookies together. Ladurée macarons are so perfect… Continue reading Pâtisserie E. Ladurée | The Original Double Decker Macaron

Food Journals

For the Love of Afternoon Tea – Part One

Is it love or an obsession? I may be obsessed with my love for afternoon tea, or I may be in love with my obsession. At this point in the game, I doubt it matters. I have always delighted in the whole experience; the formality and the deliciousness that comes with a proper tea service.… Continue reading For the Love of Afternoon Tea – Part One