Our Tour of Chateau de la Bourdaisiere’s Award-winning Gardens

Our Tour of Chateau de la Bourdaisiere’s Award-winning Gardens

Main entrance gate - Chateau de la Bourdaisiere Castle - France

Chateau de la Bourdaisiere in the Commune of Montlouis-sur-Loire, in France, is elegantly situated on a 54-hectare estate of combined gardens and mixed woodlots in the famed Loire Valley.  Having changed hands many, many times over the centuries, it was lastly bought, in 1991, by the brothers Prince Philippe Maurice and Prince Louis Albert de  Broglie. Read more

Chateau de la Bourdaisiere A Magnificent French Castle

Chateau de la Bourdaisiere A Magnificent French Castle

Main entrance gate - Chateau de la Bourdaisiere Castle - France

One of my hopes on our trip to France was to spend a night in a “real” castle like Chateau de la Bourdaisiere.  By happenstance we learned about this castle, when we came upon a little tourist information booth along a country road in the Loire Valley, and it happened to be staffed by an English-speaking young woman.  Read more

Monet’s Garden, Our Tour of Giverny and the Water Pond

Monet’s Garden, Our Tour of Giverny and the Water Pond

Claude Monet Water Lily Pon in Giverny - Frame To Frame - Bob & Jean photo

In the small French village of Giverny, we found Monet’s Garden that he began to build and cultivate back in the 1880’s.  In 1890, the digging of his Nympheas basin was started for what would become his Water Garden.  Read more

Touring The Palace of Versailles – A Monument to Royal Grandeur

Touring The Palace of Versailles – A Monument to Royal Grandeur

chateau de Versailles - main entrance - France

After spending a few days exploring the streets and life of downtown Paris, Bob and I were anxious to leave the hubbub of the city behind.  The  Palace of Versailles was our next destination and is actually located in a suburb of Paris.  It is a massive complex…800 hectares of gardens, buildings, water fountains and even a man-made lake called the Grand Canal.  For both Bob and me, it was a given that we would visit the Palace of Versailles considering its history and what happened there before and during the French Revolution. Read more

Arc de Triomphe One Of The Great Things To See In Paris

Arc de Triomphe One Of The Great Things To See In Paris

Arc de Triomphe - Paris - France

Without a doubt, we have all seen endless pictures of the Arc de Triomphe,  in Paris, France.  Similarly, it is probably one of the most popular sights to be both visited and filmed in Paris.  But I have got to tell you that, when Bob and I emerged onto the surface from Le Métro subway stop, the sheer enormity of the Arc de Triomphe and its ownership of the landscape literally brought tears to my eyes.  Standing across the street from it, I just stood there amazed, very moved, and in awe. Read more

Our walk through a world of History in Paris

Our walk through a world of History in Paris

La Madeleine Church at the end of Rue Royale

Bob and I began our second day in Paris, France, with a visit to the Roman Catholic church La Madeleine, which is located at the very top of rue Royale.  With its massive Corinthian columns, La Madeleine Church occupies a commanding position at the end of the street, and I remember being awed when I first caught sight of it.  This church has a very interesting history. Read more

We loved visiting Paris in the Spring

We loved visiting Paris in the Spring

Paris downtown - hazy morning

There are few places on the planet that Bob and I have visited that can compare to Paris In The Spring.  And even as our picture illustrates, it does get cloudy in that City of Light, but still, it is a city where time seems to stand still, and as you walk its streets, hills and riverside, the past and present seem to meld into one. Read more