Lille is a city of great art museums. Open in 1809, its world-famous Palais des Beaux-Arts, one of the first museums to be established in the aftermath of the French revolution, holds the second largest collection in France after the Louvre. In recent decades, the Lille urban area has upheld its pioneering history with the opening of two additional museums that are also fast becoming landmarks of the international art scene.
After three years of extensive renovations, the exquisite eighteenth-century Hôtel Biron, Paris’ Left Bank home of the Rodin Museum, recently re-opened its doors
A flourishing center of industry since the Middle Ages and a coal production powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution, Lille, France’s northern most city, has transcended post World War II challenges to emerge into the twenty-first as a vibrant regional capital of business and art.
Aix-en-Provence is a remarkable center of European history that has managed to preserve the integrity of its rich architectural and cultural heritage while evolving into a thriving and highly livable contemporary city.
The Côte Vermeille is the last stretch of French Mediterranean coastline before the Spanish border. It’s where the rugged, vineyard-covered foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains tumble into the sea. And where Collioure, a sun-drenched fishing village clustered around its massive medieval fortress rises from the sea.
From the massive parade through the largest Chinatown in Europe to the treasure trove collection of Asian Arts of the Musée Guimet, Paris celebrates Chinese New Year with gusto.
I came to Metz, the historic capital of Lorraine, to visit its innovative new modern arts Pompidou Center. What I discovered was a city of beautifully preserved architectural and artistic treasures spanning two millennia of European history.
La Route des Vins, the 170 kilometer itinerary that meanders north to south through the legendary Alsatian Vineyard abound with villages and towns filled with picture-perfect half-timbered facades and window-boxes of cascading red geraniums. Along the way, a proliferation of noted eateries dish out the succulent specialties for which Alsace is renowned.
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…