Steeped in history and old world charm, Rouen was one of the most beautiful and interesting cities that I have visited in France. It is certainly a must see destination for anyone traveling to the country.
The old historical part of the city is characterized by narrow cobblestone streets that are
It almost seems as though every town within the country of France contains a cathedral by the name of Notre Dame. There is even one in the town in which I am currently living. Though I am sure that there is an obvious reason for many of the churches in the country to be named as such, I myself unfo
The Abbey of Jumièges is located in a small village in Northern France in the Seine valley. Its about 30 minutes away from the charming city of Rouen, and for me, about 2.5 hours away home.
The drive to the site is long but scenic, and depending on which direction you enter the village, may invol
Standing on a sidewalk in Paris, a small orange pixilated alien catches my eye. Its perched beside a large blue street sign on the corner of a building. It sits approximately 12 feet off the ground, placed there by someone with a ladder or maybe with help from a friend who offered them a boost.
With over 7 million visitors paying to climb it each year, the Eiffel tower is one of the most visited monuments in the world.
My first time experiencing the tower happened a few weeks ago on a trip to the city with my wife and a few friends. Though I was admittedly a little underwhelmed when the t
On a recent trip to Paris my wife and I, along with a few friends of ours, stopped in at the Musée Rodin - home of the many works of the French Sculpter Auguste Rodin (1840-1917).
The museum is set in the mansion where Rodin lived from 1908 until his death in 1917. The home was formally turned int
Stepping inside from the cold wet rain our tour started with us heading down a winding staircase that eventually began to feel like it was never going to end. The constant motion of walking in a counterclockwise direction without a break has a sort of dizzying effect. The interesting thing about en
Two Sundays ago while my wife and I were visiting the town of Soisson France and after we visited the Abbey of St. Jean des Vignes, we headed over to the Cathedral of Saint Gervais, located just a few minutes walk down the road. My wife and I had been to a few churches and Cathedrals in France at th
Last Saturday on our weekend tour my wife and I made several stops at some historical sites in the town and surrounding area of Soissons France. One of those stops was to the Abbey of Saint Jean des Vignes.
The abbey, which is mostly in ruins to this day, is recognized for its two massive asymmetri
On this weeks tour my wife and I visited the ruins of the château de Coucy located in the small and quaint little village of Coucy France.
The ruins sits on top of a large hill overlooking the Ailette valley and has some absolutely spectacular views.
My wife and I spent a few moments looking out
Bœuf (Beef) Bourguignon is a beef stew that has been braised in red wine and beef stock. The dish is a French classic that originated some time in the 19th century and was later made famous by Julia Child. As part of my immersion into the French culture I decided to give this recipe a try and aft
As part of our ongoing tour of France my wife and I recently visited the château de Compiègne located in the town that goes by the same name. The weather was a bit overcast and cold in the morning but luckily for us, the skies cleared up and the sun came out in the afternoon - just when it was time