Category Archives: France

A 5-Day Road Trip To Paris Costs HOW Much?!

When I read articles about how much it costs to travel to different destinations, Paris is frequently mentioned as a notoriously expensive city.  €5 for a tiny cup of coffee? Seriously?!  Before our recent trip there, our first, Travis and I didn’t plan a budget or research prices except to compare the cost of driving with public Continue reading A 5-Day Road Trip To Paris Costs HOW Much?!

Photo Highlights of Père-Lachaise Cemetery

On the morning of our last day in Paris, Travis and I visited one last attraction – the Cemetery of Père-Lachaise.  After spending three wonderful days exploring the city with our friends, we’d said goodbye to them the night before after our guided tour of the Eiffel Tower.  Waking up a bit late, we’d checked out of our Airbnb, caught Continue reading Photo Highlights of Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Climbing the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s “Lady of Iron”

Travis and I spent our last evening in Paris with Khoasimodo, Esmeralda, and one very special lady – La dame de fer, “The Iron Lady.”  As the most visited paid monument in the world, the Lady drew us to her as she does millions of visitors each year.  A trip to Paris just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to its most iconic Continue reading Climbing the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s “Lady of Iron”

Stalking Victor Hugo, An American In Paris

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
~Les Misérables, Victor Hugo

I’ve admired the French novelist, Victor Hugo, for so long that I can’t remember a time when I couldn’t conjure up the image of his distinguished, grey-bearded face in my mind.  Even as a teenager, a Continue reading Stalking Victor Hugo, An American In Paris

Marché Bastille, From Revolution to Farmer’s Market

On the morning of July 14th, 1789, a crowd of angry townsfolk stormed the Bastille, a fortress that had stood near the Seine River in Paris since the 14th century.  France was in the midst of an economic crisis; commoners, disillusioned with the monarchy, laid siege to the fortress in rebellion, an event that would ignite the Continue reading Marché Bastille, From Revolution to Farmer’s Market

Sacred Snails of Sacre-Coeur

One thing that struck me about Paris is that, like many of the larger cities in Europe,  it’s flat – really flat.  With few exceptions, most of the buildings reach a fairly uniform height, and from a distance, perspective is lost as they merge into a blanket of concrete and steel.  It’s possible to climb all the tallest buildings in the city – Notre Continue reading Sacred Snails of Sacre-Coeur

Anybody know who’s buried at the Pantheon?

For me, a trip to Paris wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the Panthéon.  Patterned after the original, much older Pantheon in Rome, the one in Paris was originally called the Église Sainte-Geneviève as it was a church built to honor Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris.  Though construction on the church began in 1758, Continue reading Anybody know who’s buried at the Pantheon?

Khoasimodo and the Bells of Notre Dame

Perhaps it was luck, perhaps it was fate that our first trip to Paris ended up being with a friend whose name is Khoa.  Pronounced Kwa, it’s not surprising that an easy-going prankster like our friend would become the target of countless jokes revolving around his name. Basically any word that starts with “qua” is fair game.  That said, I Continue reading Khoasimodo and the Bells of Notre Dame

Luxury Dinner Cruise on Le Calife

We ended our first day in Paris with the biggest splurge of our entire trip – a fancy dinner cruise on the Seine River.  Our friends had rather brilliantly proposed the idea before our trip, offering to scout around on the internet and book something for all four of us.  Their selection was an evening on board Le Calife, which turned out to be Continue reading Luxury Dinner Cruise on Le Calife

Doomed Love Locks of Pont Neuf

Paris may officially be known as the “City of Light,” but it’s at least as often referred to as the City of Love.  Until you see it in person, it’s impossible to fully understand just how charming it is!  The city is famous for attractions like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame.  But a more recent tradition that draws lovers from all over Continue reading Doomed Love Locks of Pont Neuf