More than a Pit Stop: Le Mans and Europe’s Iconic Motor Race

Gillian Thornton zooms off to Le Mans to discover the legends behind Europe’s most iconic motor race and follow in the treadmarks of action hero Steve McQueen Late afternoon and my husband and I have...

Out of the Shadows: Omaha Beach Revelations at Maisy Battery

As Europe marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, fascinating stories about the hostilities are still coming to light. Gillian Thornton hears Gary Sterne’s Omaha Beach revelations at Maisy Battery The 75th anniversary of...

12 Iconic Renaissance Sites in the Loire Valley

As the cradle of the French Renaissance, the Val de Loire boasts a wealth of places to explore Related articles: Cradle of the Renaissance: A Celebration in the Loire Valley Things to See and Do in...

The Fire of Notre-Dame de Paris

Images of Notre-Dame de Paris engulfed in flames caused shock and dismay the world over. A month on, however, we now know that this beloved landmark will be fully restored to its former glory...

Viva Leonardo da Vinci! Renaissance Events in the Loire Valley

Celebrating the quincentenary of the French Renaissance in Centre-Val de Loire Related article: Cradle of the Renaissance: A Celebration in the Loire Valley The 500th anniversary of the French Renaissance will be celebrated in 2019 with...

Reflections on “The Greatest Generation” and D-Day in France

My relationship with the D-Day invasion began before I was born. My father landed on Omaha Beach in June, 1944 and I came along later as part of the ‘post war Baby Boom generation’. Dad...

The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

The 6th June 2019 will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and The Battle of Normandy with many events taking place throughout Normandy to commemorate the heroes who fought and lost their...

Remembering Balzac on the 220th Anniversary of his Birth

Debtor, caffeine addict and prolific writer, Honoré de Balzac has been all but forgotten by his beloved hometown of Tours. On the 220th anniversary of his birth, Marion Sauvebois joins the quest to put...

Words and Photos for a Devastated Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

A devastating fire broke out in Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday night, and the world watched in horror as this iconic city monument burned. Thankfully Paris's brave firefighters were able to extinguish the flames late...

Read the Signs: Rue Cler in Paris

An epicurean street and a soldier’s demise This bustling street in the swish Gros-Caillou neighbourhood of the 7th arrondissement is one of the best foodie streets in Paris. Celebrated American cook and author Julia Child...