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A glimpse of the chateau of Chaumont from the domain's International Garden Festival. Photo GLK.

Chaumont Playfully Imagines Gardens of the Future

Corinne LaBalme reports on the International Garden Festival at Chaumont, one of the most delightful castle ground strolls in the Loire Valley. With “Gardens from the Coming Century” as its theme for 2016, the festival presents the brave new world of flower beds, hydroponics and botanical fantasies. Castle-hoppers exploring the valley and day-trippers from Paris take note.
Thibault Denis du Péage and Adalaïs Choy, founders of Covoiture-Art.com

Covoiture-Art Offers Ride-Sharing with a Cultural Twist

While classic ride-sharing brings together drivers and passengers who share a common destination, a new service brings together those who share a common interest in a culture. The young company Covoiture-Art.com is offering "cultural ride-sharing," a way of taking a daytrip to a monument, museum or heritage site if you need a ride to get there or if you have wheels and would like company.

Welcome to France Revisited

Gary Lee Kraut-France RevisitedFrance Revisited is an award-winning web magazine providing insights, information and impressions about life in Paris and travel throughout France. Editor Gary Lee Kraut and other travel, food, wine and culture connoisseurs offer the keys to experiencing and understanding the full array of pleasures and treasures of France.

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Paris & Surrounding

Street Talk: The Ghosts of Rue du Bac

Visiting Paris from California, Herb Hoffman and Joan Preston discover that their temporary home on Rue du Bac is surrounded by the ghosts of friends and acquaintances of democracy in America.

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A glimpse of the chateau of Chaumont from the domain's International Garden Festival. Photo GLK.

Chaumont Playfully Imagines Gardens of the Future

Corinne LaBalme reports on the International Garden Festival at Chaumont, one of the most delightful castle ground strolls in the Loire Valley. With “Gardens from the Coming Century” as its theme for 2016, the festival presents the brave new world of flower beds, hydroponics and botanical fantasies. Castle-hoppers exploring the valley and day-trippers from Paris take note.

Upcoming Festivals and events

July 20-August 21. Paris Plages, the Beaches of Paris
Paris celebrates summer with “beaches” and activities for all ages along the river and the canal.

August 18-28. La Chaise-Dieu Classical Music Festival 
The 50th edition of a terrific classical music festival, another good reason to visit Auvergne in August.

August 18-21. Blues au Château, La Chèze (Brittany)
The town of La Chèze in the center of Brittany may well be considered as the middle of nowhere for most travelers to the peninsula. Where better to play and sing and listen to the blues.

August 11-15. EquiBlues Rodeo and Country Music Festival, Saint-Agrève
A small town in Ardèche swells with the step and swagger of American and Canadian rodeo and country music, with concerts featuring M Soul, Stacie Collins, Paul Bogart, Tim Hicks, Trent Williams, Kevin Moon and others. See this article.

Food & Drink

Rauzan chateau and vineyards-GLK

A Joyful Walk in the Bordeaux Vineyards of Rauzan

In which the author takes part in a joyful musical wine and food walk through vineyards in the Entre-Deux-Mers zone of the Bordeaux winegrowing region organized by the Caves de Rauzan wine cooperative. Article includes a France Revisited video of the event. Rauzan's next "promenade gourmande" takes place on June 12.

Lodging

Lobby of the Hotel Regina. The revolving door is in the far right. Photo David Grimbert.

Hotel Regina: Wine & Friends & Classic Paris Luxury

Refurbished in 2015 and a wine bar added in 2016, the 5-star Hotel Regina, across the street from the Louvre, has regained its place among the luxury hotels of Paris’s 1st arrondissement. Gary Lee Kraut nods to Joan of Arc then pushes through the revolving door for a visit and a glass of wine.

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Château-Thierry Reaffirms Its Bond with the United States

In the aftermath of the Great War of 1914-1918, American philanthropy and charitableness made its mark in Europe with initiatives to assist in the social, economic and structural reconstruction of devastated regions of northern and northeastern France. Château-Thierry, 55 miles east of Paris along the Marne River, benefited from the dedication of Reverend Julian Wadsworth and his wife, who created the House of French-American Friendship.

Made in France

Vocabulaire illustre de l'ornement - Evelyne Thomas-detail

Art Books: The Vocabulary of Ornamentation

We are often at a loss for words when we travel in continental Europe. It isn’t only the words for natural conversation that are lacking but also the vocabulary of the things we see. Vocabulaire Illustré de l’Ornament by Evelyne Thomas, an illustrated dictionary of the vocabulary of the ornamental and decorative elements of architecture and other arts, can help.

Impressions

Macabre Bicycle Cemetery Discovered in Paris

In a startling and macabre discovery, archeologists in Paris discovered this week what appears to be a mass bicycle graveyard on the site of a portion of Canal Saint Martin in the 10th arrondissement. The City of Paris gave France Revisited special access to photograph and report on the extraordinary find.