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Five Offbeat and Family-Friendly European Travel Destinations

Five Offbeat and Family-Friendly European Travel Destinations

The major metropolises of Western Europe are family-friendly, but they’re also everyone-friendly. Chances are, if you’re well traveled, you (and maybe your children) have already seen Paris, London, and Rome. So, if you’re looking for something different, or if you’re not interested in chasing your kids through urban hustle and bustle, consider taking your next family […]

Versailles in the Snow: Paris, France

Versailles in the Snow: Paris, France

I’ve visited the Palace of Versailles twice: once in May when the gardens were flourishing, and once in January when they were covered in a thin blanket of snow. Spring is the more popular season to visit, when during a stroll down the garden’s manicured paths you’ll find lovers in rowboats navigating the canals, kids […]

Market Day: Aix-en-Provence, France

Market Day: Aix-en-Provence, France

You’ve seen the images of Provencal cuisine: a multi-colored assortment of hand-crafted cheeses, bright vegetables simmering together in an interesting stew, and fresh fish and seafood sauteed in local olive oil and seasoned with Herbes de Provence. Lay it all out next to a few bottles of rosé on a chunky, wooden table, and you have […]

Honey Maker’s Home: Burgundy, France

Honey Maker’s Home: Burgundy, France

Listening attentively to a historical lecture on a Burgundy castle deserved a stroll through the sleepy town at the landmark’s base and, hopefully, a thirst-quenching treat from a local winemaker. But the first sign to catch my eye in La Rochepot didn’t depict a bunch of grapes or bottles; its rusty visage offered only the […]

Four Days in Paris, France

Four Days in Paris, France

Upon visiting Paris for the first time, it’s easy to see why many consider this “City of Lights” to be among the most beautiful urban centers in the world. While many European cities are either known for their majestic landmarks or their charming neighborhoods, Paris boasts both. This is a city where the hidden alleyways […]

Marie-Noelle Ledru’s Champagne Cellars: Champagne, France

Marie-Noelle Ledru’s Champagne Cellars: Champagne, France

In my experience, if you amble through enough courtyards in a French wine town, a friendly grape grower will eventually pop out of his or her cellar to say “bonjour.” Marie-Noelle Ledru did not disappoint. Donning a closely cropped, salt-and-pepper hairstyle and a shy smile, she welcomed us into her foyer as we seated ourselves […]

Champagne, France: A Trip Fit for Queens

Champagne, France: A Trip Fit for Queens

By the time we had met at the age of 11, Courtney and I were much too young to be into princesses. Gone were the days of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. They had been replaced by board games and jewelry-making.  Instead of playing dress up, we spent a lot of time […]

The Ten Most Relaxing Places in Europe

The Ten Most Relaxing Places in Europe

Many Americans visit Europe to sample its cultural offerings, hopping from museum to castle to cathedral in order to make the most of their long and expensive flights across the Atlantic. We tend to opt for the Caribbean or Hawaii when we want some R&R.  But there are plenty of spots in Europe that are better […]