Lined with manicured flower beds and trees, statues and fountains, I consider the Luxembourg Gardens of Paris one of the nicest parks. The atmosphere of the park and attractions for kids, provide for a great moment to relax and enjoy the Parisian easy going life-style.
Behind the Notre Dame is Pont de l'Archevêché bridge. Adorned with hundreds of padlocks, it is quite the site. This trend is becoming ever so popular. Write your loved one's and your name on a padlock and attach it to the bride. Then, throw the key into the Sein river as a symbol of your undying love. Quite the romantic gesture.
When in France and close to Paris, Versailles Palace is a place to visit. Wow, that even rhymed nicely. The palace is one of the largest and most luxurious palaces in Europe, with 250 acres of French gardens and fountains. Be prepared for crowds as Versailles is visited by millions of tourists each year but it is a must-see landmark of France.
Located in the province of West Flanders in Belgium, Bruges can be coined 'Venice of the North'. Rightfully so. This city, which amazingly covers an area of 138 squared kilometers, is filled with canals that eventually connect to the sea. Between the 12th and 15th centuries, this connection brought about the Golden Era for the city. It was located...
A windy beginning to our day turned out to be a great trip to see the iconic windmills and learn some history of Holland. Located a little north of Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans is an open air museum exhibiting life of the 17th and 18th century Dutch people. Learn how wooden clogs are made and taste some fresh Dutch cheese, made right on location with milk from local sheep and goats.
Sant'Ignazio di Loyola is a must see church when in Rome. The painted optical illusion fresco is an art piece by Andrea Pozzo, and it is magnificent. This church is grand, quiet and not filled with many tourists. It was a perfect refreshing stop for us.
People visit churches for many different reasons, faith, curiosity, appreciation for the buildings. To me, they all appeared to be the same. Quiet, dark with tall columns and high ceilings. I hated the long lines to all the famous ones. One book has changed my view and now that I know what I want to appreciate when I tour one, makes the experience that much more enjoyable and worthwhile.
When planning my trip to the French Riviera, I came across this little town called Eze. It wasn't until I saw it with my own eyes, that I realized it's unique charm. I recommend visiting this little town, located on the top of a rocky hill. Eze has kept it's medieval charm over all these years and has been restored to become a top tourist attraction in the French Riviera. As a bonus, visit the exotic garden at the very top and you will be greeted with the most spectacular views, not to mention a variety of cacti to photograph.
Eze, is a medieval town perched on top of a rocky hill. It has the french flair with the small cobblestone streets and tiny shops. If you are visiting the French Riviera, I highly recommend visiting Eze. We visited during the end of August and it was a hot and sunny day.