France

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 that offers sweeping views of Paris. While Sacré-Cœur is downright modern as compared to Notre Dame de Paris, this is exactly what we had in mind when recommending an alternate destination for a more ‘spiritual’ experience in our post about Notre Dame being […]

Notre Dame Cathedral Paris is Overrated (Go Anyway.)

Notre Dame Cathedral Paris is one of the most popular tourist spots in France, regularly drawing hordes of visitors to its location in Paris. And yes, we think it’s a bit overrated. We’ll cover the why of that in this post, along with some tips for experiencing Notre Dame de Paris (even though it’s overrated, […]

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 […]

Mont Saint Michel Tips & Photos

If you’re thinking of visiting Mont Saint Michel in the Normandy region of France, there are some things you should know prior to visiting. This post covers tips for planning your trip to Mont Saint Michel, photos of the area, and a general review of Mont Saint Michel. For starters, a little background is in […]

Moulin Rouge Info & Tips

The Moulin Rouge, with its red windmill pop culture prominence, is probably one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. On our first trip to France, we visited this iconic show. By “visited” I mean that quite literally, as we went to the location but didn’t go to an actual show. In the process, we […]

The Winding Path Around Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant

Sleeping Beauty Castle, or Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant as it’s called in French, is the highlight of the Disneyland Paris “skyline,” but also has a veritable labyrinth of paths winding past and through it, making it a prime location to explore. One of these paths–the one to the left in this […]

The Molly Brown at Disneyland Paris

The Molly Brown river boat at Disneyland Paris cruises the Rivers of America, navigating around Big Thunder Mountain’s “island” and past the town of Thunder Mesa, Phantom Manor, and the rest of Paris’ version of Frontierland. I understand that it underwent a top-to-bottom refurbishment that basically rebuilt the ship in 2011, and it was looking […]