8 Jan, 2015 in Paris
Palace of Versailles Paris-014

France has hundreds of wonderful Châteaus, but the most famous and most visited of them all is the Palace of Versailles, on the western outskirts of Paris. Serving as the center of political power for the French monarchy during the 17th century, it is grand in size and has some of the most remarkable French […]

4 Jan, 2015 in Paris
Giverny Gardens Monet house (28)

Paris offers many wonderful daytrips, but if you’re a fan of French art and the impressionism movement then a daytrip out to explore Claude Monet’s house and gardens our in Giverny France is bound to excite you. Many of Monet’s famous impressionist painting drew inspirations from these gardens, and walking around the estate you can […]

20 Dec, 2014 in France, Visions
Visions of France (45)

After a long absence from Europe, I got to spend a couple of wonderful weeks in Paris and roaming around France. To my delight, I was joined by some of my charming family to head out from the Paris airport east to explore the wonders of Champagne province. From there, we roamed around circling Paris […]

19 Dec, 2014 in Paris, Visions
Visions of Paris France (29)

After many years of being away, this year I was finally able to spend more time in Europe. Earlier I visited the Netherlands, which increased my appetite, and so after wrapping up my life in Hong Kong I decided to stop in Paris for a couple of weeks before moving on west to my new […]

21 Nov, 2014 in France
Le Touquet beach (3)

France has some great beaches. Although my recent visit to France was not beach oriented, but after an overload of castles, estates, wine/champagne, and colonial history, a break was long overdue, and so the familia decided to make a detour up north and find a nice beach to relax for a couple of hours. The […]

6 Nov, 2014 in Paris
Pantheon Paris (21)

Want to visit all the great French thinkers of all time in person? The Pantheon is the resting place for big names, like Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Marie Curie, and many others. If you’re thinking this is going to be one of those gigantic, dull and unexciting tribute buildings, you’re very mistaken. Sure, it’s big […]

5 Nov, 2014 in Champagne
Les Faux de Verzy Champagne (8)

This year my travels had an unexpected treat. After wrapping up the PhD in Hong Kong, I planned to a make a stop for a couple of weeks in France on the way west to my new life in the states. Rather than roaming through France on my own, I was joined by my father […]

25 Sep, 2014 in France
Château Vaux le Vicomte - France (10)

Adding to my very long list of French European estates visited across France is the Château Vaux le Vicomte, which – if visited – should be combined with the Château de Blandy-les-Tours Castle. It’s only that they’re only a few miles from each other, but I believe that at some point in the relatively recent […]

11 Sep, 2014 in Around Paris
Blandy-les-Tours Castle France (28)

On with the Château run in the area of Paris, I decided I wanted to see something a bit different. A Château that’s older and looks more like a castle rather than a very rich and wealthy estate with endless gardens. The Château de Blandy-les-Tours was just the thing, a medieval castle in the village […]

3 Sep, 2014 in Around Paris
Château de Fontainebleau - France (21)

My tour of France can be simply summarized as the "Château tour". During my few days of roaming around the areas surrounding Paris I must have visited 15 different estates, castles and palaces, all with their own charm and beauty. One of the last Châteaus I visited was the Château de Fontainebleau, an hour to […]

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