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Category: Europe: France

My favorite sights of Aix-en-Provence

My favorite sights of Aix-en-Provence

If there was a town that I could fall in love with after a single short visit, Aix was it. I am naturally predisposed to historic places with centuries-old architecture, small, even intimate confines, and atmospheric quality. Aix-en-Provence is all that. This one shot of a fountain and a cafè…

My favorite sights of French Riviera

My favorite sights of French Riviera

Azure skies, no less azure sea, sun-drenched waterfronts, sleek yachts – if this is what comes to your mind when you hear the words “French Riviera”, you are not alone. On our most recent stay on Côte d’Azur, we saw quite a lot of the same, as evidenced here. The…

My favorite sights of Loire Valley

My favorite sights of Loire Valley

The Valley of Loire, home to a few hundred castles, is a fascinating destination for a Western history and architecture buff, who I make pretenses to be. We’ve been to the area more than once, visited all major points of interest and a fair number of minor ones, and definitely…

My favorite sights of Paris

My favorite sights of Paris

OK, let’s next pick a city that would present me with a welcome problem similar to what I had with Florence or London – plenty of photographs to choose from. We’ve been to Paris many times, and repeatedly professed our love for the city on the pages of this blog…

French motorway signs

French motorway signs

A pretty interesting observation from our regular drives in and through France are the “nearby attraction” billboards on French freeways. These are normally positioned some distance ahead of their corresponding exits and pictorially depict the most important stuff that you might want to check out if you suddenly decide to…

Light show in Strasbourg, summer ’08

Light show in Strasbourg, summer ’08

The French are very fond of the summertime practice of producing light shows at their famous landmarks. I cannot fault them for it: Every time we come across one such, it is a great spectacle. On our return journey from the big summer trip we stopped overnight in Strasbourg. The…

L’Estartit, Roquebrune, Montespertoli

L’Estartit, Roquebrune, Montespertoli

I have been fairly brief so far in my descriptions of the places that we stayed at during the big summer holiday. A more expansive overview is likely due. So, for those interested, here is an entirely subjective comparative look at L’Estartit on Costa Brava in Catalunya, Roquebrune-sur-Argens on French…