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Best Bits of Val Thorens, France

Best Bits of Val Thorens, France

There’s nothing like cold crisp air to make you feel alive. Even it you don’t ski often or well, you still feel healthy on a Val Thorens ski holiday, even after eating tons of tartiflette and cheese fondue. It’s clomping through snow and all the…

Best Bits of the Château Vaux-Le-Vicomte, France

Best Bits of the Château Vaux-Le-Vicomte, France

You arrive in the village of Maincy, turn down a long tree-lined avenue, and find yourself in the parking lot of le château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte. Entering through the gift shop, you really have no idea the wonders to come. Another easy day trip from Paris…

Best Bits of Le Petit Trianon Versailles, France

Best Bits of Le Petit Trianon Versailles, France

Looking for an easy day trip from Paris? Versailles is so close and Le Petit Trianon is a charm! Head out there for a glorious afternoon! For those who follow the oeuvre of Mel Brooks, it will be obvious what I mean when I say,…

Best Bits of Fécamp and Honfleur, France

Best Bits of Fécamp and Honfleur, France

A weekend in Normandy, France is just enough time to visit Fécamp and Honfleur. These are two lovely towns on the coast. A three hour boat trip from Newhaven to Dieppe might not be everyone’s idea of luxury, especially if you have ever been to…

Best Bits of Chamonix, France in the Summer

Best Bits of Chamonix, France in the Summer

When I think of things to do in Chamonix in summer, I still envision everything white – skiing, snowshoeing, snow, snow, snow.  The top of the peaks might still be frosty white, but most of the  ice crystals have melted to reveal verdant valleys and…

The Best Paintings in Europe

The Best Paintings in Europe

“I don’t want to spend part of my holiday standing in front of a painting!” Having spent practically my entire college career studying art from the world’s great scholars, A little part of me died when my dinner partner uttered those words last week. Then…