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March 18, 2017

France: Côte d’Or


The commune of Vosne-Romanée

Burgundy’s most famous and most expensive wines originate in the Côte d’Or appellation, a band of vineyards extending from the southern outskirts of Dijon to Santenay. On the east side of this limestone escarpment the vineyards spill down the hillside onto the valley floor. A designated 60-kilometer long road route through the vineyards, the Route des Grands Crus, takes oenophiles (more…)

March 1, 2017

London: Soho, John Snow

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John Snow Pub

John Snow Pub

“You know nothing, John Snow.” (more…)

France: Le Palais Idéal

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dsc_8143_hdr-edit-editAbout an hour south of Lyon France is the quirky tourist attraction Le Palais Idéal. In 1879 Ferdinand Cheval, a local postman, started the construction of his “Ideal Palace” behind his house in the small commune of Hauterives. Thirty-three years later his imaginative whimsical creation was completed. (more…)

France: Marseille’s Street Art

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Street art flourishes at the economic edge. With a quarter of its population living below the poverty line, Marseille has edginess in abundance. It also has plenty of street art. (more…)

February 4, 2017

France: Marseille

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Marseille

Marseille

Marseille gets a bad rap. France’s second largest city has been labeled as the crime capitol of France. And it is true. Tourists do stand a statistically greater chance being a victim of a petty theft in Marseille compared to many European cities. Nevertheless, unless you are foolish, it is unlikely that you will be ripped off. And if you are afraid of being murdered, then you should avoid American cities first. The murder rate in Indianapolis in 2016 is more than four times greater than in the similarly sized Marseille. Are you afraid of terrorism because Muslims make up about 24% of Marseille’s population? You shouldn’t be. The city has little jihadi violence. Marseille is far from the safest city for a tourist but it is not as bad as many would suggest. (more…)

December 25, 2016

France: Château de Chantilly and Rick Steves


Château de Chantilly

Château de Chantilly

Rick Steves writes that the chateau in Chantilly, on the northern outskirts of Paris, is “the best French château.” When we planned our visit we feared that such praise from the ever-influential Mr. Steves could be the kiss of death. Would there be throngs of Rick Steves’ guidebook toting tourists smothering the life from the Château de Chantilly? We’ve seen this phenomenon elsewhere in Europe. (more…)

March 27, 2016

France: Strasbourg


Trip boats are a popular way to see Strasbourg

Trip boats are a popular way to see Strasbourg

Visiting Strasbourg was one of our highlights for 2015. And as well it should have been. UNESCO World Heritage designated Strasbourg is a very interesting and photogenic city. You’ll have to take my word on the photogenic. Somehow I managed to only get a few pictures mostly taken in some of the more out of the way areas of the city.

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March 5, 2016

France: Uckange, U-4

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U-4 in Uckange

U-4 in Uckange

The waterways in France were once the arteries of industry. Over time, economies have shifted and the modes of transportation have changed. Left behind in the wake of modernization is the decaying manufacturing infrastructure of bygone eras. Today factories and plants of once powerful industries sit forgotten, corroding and rotting over time. The story of these rusty factories, their rise and their fall, is a mystery to most passers by. What purpose did these industrial buildings serve? Why was there industry at this particular place? And why have these large complexes been abandoned? (more…)

March 2, 2016

France: Metz

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The cathedral in Metz

The cathedral in Metz

In 1871, at the conclusion of the France-Prussian War, the German territory of Alsace-Lorraine was created from lands annexed from France. The annexation redefined two cities in the region, Metz and Nancy. (more…)

February 17, 2016

France: Châlons-en-Champagne

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Inside Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Châlons

Inside Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Châlons

Châlons has interesting history, attractive historic buildings, and good food. One of its churches, Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, is included on the UNESCO “Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle en France” World Heritage listing. The French Ministry of Culture and Communication has designated Châlons-en-Champagne as a “Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire (“Towns and Lands of Art and History”). (more…)

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