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Two Centuries of Stage Magic – in Moulins, France

Two Centuries of Stage Magic – in Moulins, France

The National Center for Stage Costume is the first institution in France to be entirely dedicated to the preservation, study and display of a unique collection of stage costume and scenography spanning the past two centuries.

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Along the Dordogne River Valley – Life in the Past Lane

Along the Dordogne River Valley – Life in the Past Lane

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.

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Paris – Vermeer at the Louvre

Paris – Vermeer at the Louvre

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.

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In Marseille, France – New Landmarks for an Ancient City

In Marseille, France – New Landmarks for an Ancient City

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.

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Notable Museums of Lyon

Notable Museums of Lyon

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.

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Written in Stone – Two Thousand Years of Lyon History

Written in Stone – Two Thousand Years of Lyon History

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.

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Beyond the Louvre – The Other Museums of Paris

Beyond the Louvre – The Other Museums of Paris

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.

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The Hallowed Beaches of Normandy

The Hallowed Beaches of Normandy

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.

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Paris in One Day?

Paris in One Day?

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.

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Josette King

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…

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