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One Night in Étretat, France

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  1 Comment

Famous for its iconic white cliffs and arches, Étretat is has everything you could want from a small coastal town in France: charm, breathtaking vistas, intimate bed & breakfasts, and of course, plenty of great food. This post is mostly anecdotal–rather than offering tips for visiting Étretat, we’re simply sharing our all-too-brief visit here, what we did, […]

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Guimet Museum of Asian Art Review & Tips

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  No Comments

The Guimet Museum of Asian Art in Paris holds extension collections of objects acquired during the travels of French industrialist Émile Guimet in Japan, China, India, Cambodia, Nepal, and other regions of the Far East. In this post, we’ll review the museum, share photos from our visit, and offer thoughts on whether Musée Guimet is […]

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Top 10 Things to Do in Paris

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  12 Comments

In this post, we cover the top 10 things to do in Paris, France. The City of Light is like the “Most Interesting Man in the World” of places to visit. Sophisticated yet fun, approachable yet outrageous–you’ll never run out of things to do in Paris, and narrowing down a list about its “best” points […]

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Chateau Montpoupon Review & Tips

Posted on Jun 4, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Château de Montpoupon is a castle in the Loire Valley east of Tours, in a picturesque valley at the edge of a forest. We were big fans of this stop on our recent trip to France, and in this post, we’ll make the case for visiting Château de Montpoupon, sharing some photos along the way. […]

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Musee de l’Orangerie Review & Tips

Posted on May 29, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Musee de l’Orangerie is an art museum in Paris famous for being chosen by the impressionist painter Claude Monet as the permanent home for his Water Lilies (Nymphéas) paintings, which are displayed in two large oval rooms. In this post, we’ll cover whether Musee de l’Orangerie is worth a visit to see these large installations by Monet and […]

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Learn From Our Mistake: Sainte-Chapelle is a Paris Must-Do!

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  12 Comments

Sainte-Chapelle is a Gothic chapel in Paris, France, about a block from Notre Dame Cathedral. In this post, we’ll cover tips for visiting, offer our review, share photos, and also where we’d slot Sainte-Chapelle into an itinerary of Paris. First, an admission that we goofed. We had never visited Sainte-Chapelle until our most recent trip […]

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Louvre Museum Review & Tips

Posted on May 14, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  11 Comments

Musée du Louvre in Paris is probably not best viewed as a museum, at least for planning purposes. Think of it as Wal-Mart on Black Friday, except instead of racing for cheap TVs inside of an ugly big-box, you’re trying to get inside a veritable palace to see stunning works of art. As poor of […]

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Musee d’Orsay Tips & Review

Posted on May 9, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  13 Comments

Musée d’Orsay houses one of the world’s top Impressionist art collections, and is one of the best museums in Paris, France. In this post, In this post, I’ll offer some thoughts on why I love Musée d’Orsay, some tips for best-experiencing this incredibly busy museum, and more. Calling Musée d’Orsay a hidden gem would not be […]

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Paris Museum Pass: Is It Worth It?

Posted on Apr 30, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  5 Comments

The Paris Museum Pass provides unlimited admission to over 50 museums and monuments in and around Paris, France for “free” without waiting in line. In this review, we’ll take a look at whether the Paris Museum Pass is worth purchasing (in other words, it’s not actually free admission to those museums–it’s an all-inclusive paid pass) […]

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Best Castles in France’s Loire Valley

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest, Tips  •  5 Comments

Following our recent trip to France, we’ve visited Loire Valley twice, and have spent all of our time there touring the beautiful castles, manors, and country houses that comprise the châteaux of the region. (Well, touring the châteaux and eating!) Based on our experiences, I thought I’d rank the château we’ve visited. Note that this is […]

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