France’s Magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel… Ever since my high school French classes, this name has brought to mind images of a majestic abbey cloaked in fog, of tides ever-shifting around its formidable mountain base, and of crashing waves. Over the Labor Day weekend, Shawn and I traveled four hours west of Paris to see this legendary 1,100-year-old abbey. OurContinue reading “France’s Magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel”

A Day at Versailles: Visiting the Palace of the Sun King

On a September day that was replete with sunshine, we voyaged to Versailles, the decadent Baroque palace of France’s roi soleil (sun king). As Shawn and I wandered among the palace’s 250 gardened acres and peered through windows into the gilded interiors — just as a subject might have done 300 years ago — I was remindedContinue reading “A Day at Versailles: Visiting the Palace of the Sun King”

Photo du Jour: Morning at Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel, an abbey built between the 11th and 16th centuries, rises from a rugged island on an overcast day. Located in France’s Normandy region, the Abbaye du Mont St-Michel, as it’s known in French, was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979. It is dedicated to the Archangel Saint Michel.

A Return to Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Part II

Père-Lachaise Cemetery has such extraordinary, moving details. Here is a second photo essay dedicated to Paris’ largest cemetery. If you’d like to see Part I of my Père-Lachaise Cemetery series, see: If Headstones Could Talk: Pondering at Paris’ Père-Lachaise Cemetery.

If Headstones Could Talk: Pondering at Paris’ Père-Lachaise Cemetery

I had long wanted to visit Paris’ storied Père-Lachaise Cemetery. However, during past jaunts to the ‘City of Lights,’ the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and Notre Dame had taken center stage on my itinerary. During our most recent trip to Paris, our hotel in Paris’ 11th arrondissement was a short walk from the cemetery. WithContinue reading “If Headstones Could Talk: Pondering at Paris’ Père-Lachaise Cemetery”