Category Archives: enjoying other cultures

Chartres Cathedral – feeling like a pilgrim

Chartres France is synonymous with its great Gothic cathedral built in 1194-1220. I was astonished to learn that this magnificent building is the new church, built upon the ruins of four other churches, the oldest from the 4th century. It … Continue reading

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Blois – a French market feast

It’s typical to visit castles and chateaus while in France, but give me a food market any day. Blois had one of the best. So first thing Saturday morning, we went there to figure out our menus for the next … Continue reading

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Loire River Valley – chateaus and cave dwellings

We spent 10 days in the Loire Valley. It’s close enough to Paris that in centuries past, nobility built summer chateaus here to escape the city. Before that, French royalty ruled from Blois and elsewhere in the valley. More than … Continue reading

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Saumur – living it up in a villa and houseboat

We have finally left the region of Brittany and are now in the Loire River Valley staying in Saumur. We picked up Marilyn, the third member of our party, from the train station, and headed over to our digs at … Continue reading

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Rochefort-en-Terre – feeling like Cinderella

There’s a storybook quality to the pretty little town of Rochefort-en-Terre, our last stop in Brittany. As the name indicates, it is built on a large rock outcropping, and has earned France’s appellation of “Petite Cité de Caractére” or small … Continue reading

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San Malo – the rebels of Brittany

From Le Mont St. Michel, we drove into Brittany, the northwest region of France. Dianne has been here before and she talked about it glowingly for years: the menhirs and dolmans, the cider, the Breton culture, and of course, the … Continue reading

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Giverny – gardens behind walls

France: the land of croissants, Monet, sumptuous food, and fruitful vineyards. I’m traveling again, this time in rural France. Yes, I just went to Spain in spring. But I’m 65, and am taking every opportunity I can to live full … Continue reading

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