Category Archives: city walks

Quiet Places in Paris: The Swiss Valley

Quiet Corners of Paris: The Swiss Valley One of the pleasures of wandering around Paris is finding small squares and gardens in unexpected places. These quiet green spaces add another dimension to this beloved city, which can feel frenetic and over-run … Continue reading

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Jardins Éphémères, A First in France

In the summer of 2016, Vannes had a wonderful garden series, called Jardins Éphémères (Ephemeral Gardens). When we first walked into the old walled city from our hotel just outside the city walls, we noticed a pocket-sized patch of greenery … Continue reading

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Vannes: A Beautiful Town in Brittany

Vannes: A Picturesque, Walled Medieval Town in Brittany France has no shortage of beautiful small towns and villages—in fact, it’s really quite hard to find an ordinary or ugly one. Often, the main local road goes through the middle of … Continue reading

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A Hidden Corner of Paris

Hidden Corners of Paris—Square d’Orléans Paris, as does any big city, has crowds, rumbling traffic, noise. Sometimes it seems really hard to escape the hustle and bustle, but luckily Paris has many lovely parks where it’s possible to find some … Continue reading

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Exploring Dijon: Place Rude

Place Francoise Rude, Dijon The old part of Dijon is full of gorgeous old half-timbered buildings, twisty narrow streets, grandiose mansions, and attractive squares where these all come together. One such is the Place Rude. Francois Rude (Born Dijon January … Continue reading

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Impressions: Paris in Early June

‘Tis the season….for visitors (although I think that’s true for Paris any time of the year really!) Our favorite city is full of visitors already, from many countries, judging from the languages we hear, so it’s bustling with camera-toting folk … Continue reading

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Paris: Le Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden)

              Part of the fun of being in Paris for a while is strolling through the beautiful Tuileries Garden. Created by Catherine de Medicis as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it … Continue reading

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