Throughout Medieval and Renaissance times, the Dordogne Valley, an especially scenic patch of southwestern France, experienced a tumultuous history that led to the construction of countless fortified castles and abbeys. Many of them are still standing today, beautifully maintained and ready to welcome visitors.
Newly opened Lascaux IV, the spectacular replica of France’s most celebrated cave, brings into focus the riches of the unique UNESCO World Heritage Lascaux site and a better understanding of the history of Paleolithic cave art.
A landmark exhibition recently opened at the Louvre in Paris, “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting,” features one third of master’s complete opus and explores his creative relationship with other major artists of the Dutch Golden Age.
Long shunned by tourists for its gritty reputation, Marseille, the colorful ancient threshold between France and the Mediterranean basin is undergoing a spectacular renaissance. At its core is the new waterfront Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations.
First a flourishing Gallo-Roman center, then a financial and industrial powerhouse, Lyon has long been a fertile ground for museums. From fine arts to the history of silk, and from Gallo-Roman civilization to the invention of the cinema, there are over 20 museums in Lyon to satisfy the most diverse interests.
Over the past three decades, talented local artists have narrated the history of Lyon, France, by turning entire buildings into giant trompe l’oeil frescoes.
The Musée Cernuschi is an exquisite gift from its namesake, nineteenth century economist, financier and passionate Asian art collector Henri Cernuschi to the City of Paris.
The third largest city in France, Lyon is a unique metropolitan center with a 2,000-year history as a commerce, banking and industry powerhouse. From Roman ruins to Renaissance mansions to contemporary skyscrapers, each phase of its evolution has left significant marks on its architectural and cultural heritage.
Long lines are not a prerequisite for an enjoyable museum experience in central Paris. Within walking distance of the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, three of my personal line-free favorites immediately come to mind.
In Aix-en-Provence, where the historic center reveals a gem of French Baroque architecture at every turn, the Hôtel de Caumont, recently restored by Culturespaces, once again stands out in all its eighteenth century glory.
June 6th, 1944 marks the pivotal moment in modern history when, on the beaches of Normandy, allied troops from Britain, Canada and the United States set in motion the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi occupation. The memory of their valiant deeds and sacrifice are forever honored on the D-Day beaches.
While it’s conceivable to “do” Paris in one day, it’s physically impossible to actually visit the city’s main sites in this short a time. But don’t despair, first time visitor. You can still enjoy your day in Paris. All you need is stamina and a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
I was barely in my teens when travel became a driving force in my life. Now as a travel writer and photographer, I have visited over 45 countries in some of the most photogenic corners of the planet, taking tens of thousands of pictures along the way. With my work, I thrive to capture the natural and cultural uniqueness of each area I visit. Get to know me better…