Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte

Before Versailles: Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Vaux-le-Vicomte, 45km from Paris in Seine-et-Marne, is one of the most important privately-owned châteaux in France. It is the home of the De Vogüé family, who opened it to the public in 1968 as a way of...

Parisian Walkways: The Rebirth of the Le Viaduc des Arts in the 12th Arrondissement

For more than a century, one of the main arteries feeding the heart of the French capital was a train line that arrived from east of Paris and reached its terminus at Place de...
Shoppers in the Galerie Véro-Dodat

Parisian Walkways: Galerie Véro-Dodat, An Historic Covered Passage

The passage couvert, these glass-roofed shopping arcades which flourished in early 19th-century Paris, owed their success in part to a promise inherent in their architecture – the capacity to transport their visitors to another place. In the 1800s, a passage...

Parisian Walkways: Rue Saint-Paul in the Marais District

While the Marais continues to develop and its ever-rising rents become increasingly unaffordable, Jeffrey T Iverson slips onto a street where independents still thrive Ever since the 9th century, when the Abbaye de Sainte-Opportune first...

Blois, Of Visions and Visionaries: The Chateau Inspiration for Asheville’s Biltmore Estate

There are many châteaux in the Loire Valley, but only three interested a certain nineteenth-century railroad tycoon. Enthralled with French Renaissance châteaux, George Vanderbilt determined to build his own in the mountains of North...
Le Petit Trianon

5 Reasons to Visit the Château de Versailles, Europe’s Grandest Palace

King Louis XIV’s Grand Apartments, Chamber & the Galerie des Glaces Seven rooms make up The Sun King’s ‘Grand Apartments’ and, as you progress from one to the next, your jaw will drop ever lower at their opulence. The...

Montrol-Sénard: The Village That Has Become a Museum

Montrol-Sénard, a French village that is a testament to years gone by, is situated on the west side of the Monts de Blond. It has little known history. However, the land was definitely visited...

France and Germany Mark Centenary of the Battle of Verdun

It’s been 100 years since the Battle of Verdun, the longest battle in World War One, and one of the most demanding of any military conflict, in which 300,000 soldiers were killed in 300 days...

Bayeux and the history of men cut from a different cloth

The tapestry is reason enough for a trip to Bayeux, but in fact there are two other feasts of archeology and history served up at the same banquet.

Every Street Sign Tells a Story: A History Lesson in France

France’s streets and squares provide a unique history lesson for travellers. Gillian Thornton digs deeper into the French national identity Wandering round the historic centre of Chartres, map in hand, I stopped on the river...