Category: Trips

One from the Vaults: Postcards from Paris and New York (2015)

It was chilly, damp even, in Paris but finally the sun broke through to shine on Black Friday, though arguably that event was two weeks before. At Les Invalides, the French President led a memorial service for the 130 victims. Accordingly, Paris was a sombre… Continue Reading “One from the Vaults: Postcards from Paris and New York (2015)”

Trip to: Le Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the renovation and reopening of this museum which sets out the history of Paris chronologically within a beautiful building in the Marais. Introduction The Carnavalet is the oldest City of Paris museum. It first opened to the public in February… Continue Reading “Trip to: Le Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris”

Trip to the Louvre, and its gardens

Over the years I’ve spent plenty of time at the Louvre though I’m still not sure I’ve seen everything the museum has to offer. One of my favourite places is however its gardens and I enjoyed a wonderful stroll around here on Monday morning… Continue Reading “Trip to the Louvre, and its gardens”

Trip to Hôtel de Crillon

This is one of the grande old dames of Paris. Friends of ours know the chef sommelier and encouraged us to visit the hotel for lunch, dangling the promise of a look behind the scenes – I couldn’t resist! Intro The Hôtel de Crillon first opened… Continue Reading “Trip to Hôtel de Crillon”

Postcard from Alassio

We’ve rather come to regard Alassio as our home from home, it is after all only 80 minutes by car from us. It was the first place we were happy to stay at post the last Lockdown, largely because the Covid rules in Italy… Continue Reading “Postcard from Alassio”

Trip to Saint-Jeannet

I’m continuing my series of posts about Villages Perchés (perched villages) because there are so many I’ve yet to cover. Today’s village of Saint-Jeannet is another one of the sixteen villages grouped together by the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur tourist department as the Route… Continue Reading “Trip to Saint-Jeannet”

Where to visit in France this autumn

French Tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne recently proclaimed that health measures and French holidaymakers had “saved the summer”, and called on people to continue to support the tourist industry by taking holidays in September and October. We’re hoping for an Indian summer. That means weekends,… Continue Reading “Where to visit in France this autumn”

Trip to La Gaude

I’m returning to my posts about Villages Perchés (perched villages) because there are so many I’ve yet to cover. Today’s village of La Gaude is another one of the sixteen villages grouped together by the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur tourist department as the Route des… Continue Reading “Trip to La Gaude”

Trip to Carros

I’m returning to my posts about Villages Perchés (perched villages) of which there are many I’ve yet to cover. Today’s village Carros is one of sixteen villages grouped together by the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur tourist department as the Route des Villages Perchés (Route of Perched… Continue Reading “Trip to Carros”

More beautiful French villages

Following on from last week’s list which formed part of a competition on French television, here’s a more “classical list.” As you may have gathered, while I’m getting out and about, I’m not visiting anywhere new that I can write about. That’ll all change… Continue Reading “More beautiful French villages”