France

Chateau Montpoupon Review & Tips

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. […]

Musee de l’Orangerie Review & Tips

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 […]

Louvre Museum Review & Tips

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 […]

Musee d’Orsay Tips & Review

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 […]

Paris Museum Pass: Is It Worth It?

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) […]

Best Castles in France’s Loire Valley

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 […]

Sacré-Cœur Basilica Review & Tips

Sacré-Cœur Basilica or “Sacred Heart” is a Roman Catholic church perched atop Montmartre with sweeping views of Paris, France. Here, I’ll discuss share photos of Sacré-Cœur, thoughts on whether it’s worth including in your itinerary, and offer info & tips for making the most of your visit. Sacré-Cœur didn’t open until after World War I, making […]

Château de Cheverny Review & Tips

During our fall trip to Europe, we visited Château de Cheverny in France’s Loire Valley. This one of the most popular, privately-owned châteaux of the region, and is an interesting attraction if you’re visiting France. This post offers my tips for visiting Cheverny, plus a photo tour of the chateau, and information about its history. […]

Château de Chenonceau Tips & Photos

During our recent trip to the Loire Valley in France, we toured Château de Chenonceau, spending the afternoon and early evening hours here. In this post, we’ll provide a photo tour of this chateau, background information, our review of this destination, and tips for best experiencing Château de Chenonceau based upon our visit. Let’s start by […]

Château de Chambord Photos & Tips

Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley of France is one of the most famous châteaux in the world, featuring French Renaissance and medieval architecture. This post offers a photo tour of Chambord, info about the chateau, and my tips for making the most of the experience. During our visit, the gardens of Chateau de […]