D-Day war touring Normandy

War Stories: Dawn in the Normandy Landing Zone

I was worken by the rain at 6:30 a.m.. Except that it wasn't the raind; it was water drizzling into the room from the ceiling. In a moment of verteran-like panic I had a flashback to one year ago when...

Saint-Germain-en-Laye By Day, Pavillon Henri IV By Night

Versailles naturally grabs the lion’s share of daytrip attention due to its chateau. But Saint-Germain-en-Laye, one of its predecessors as an official residence of the Court of France, is also a likeable town for an afternoon stroll-about. One feels less an intruder—and tourist—here than in Versailles.

Dreams of Romance on Normandy’s Flowered Coast from Cabourg to Deauville, Part 2 of...

Part 2 of a three-part investigation into potentially romantic hotels on the Flowered Coast of Normandy, featuring the Grand Hotel in Cabourg, Les Manoirs de Tourgéville near Deauville, the Royal and Normandy Barriere Hotels in Deauville, several less luxurious hotels in the area and recommendable restaurants.

5 Days in Auvergne, Part IV: Château La Canière, a Luxury Hotel

Leaving Chatel-Guyon in the late afternoon I felt the call of the hill rather than the plain, in part because I’ve never associated Auvergne with the plain, in part because hills are more exotic to me than flatlands. But I also felt the call of a 5-star hotel, and Château La Canière, the only luxury hotel within many miles, stood out in the plain.

Unexpected Provence: Meet the New Aix

The Provençal college town of Aix-en-Provence, celebrated for Cézanne, bel canto and fountain-side cafés, puts the finishing touches on a massive urban renewal project. Corinne LaBalme sets out beyond the town's tawny-tinted 17th-18th century façades to discover 21st-century Aix.

An Investigation into Nasti Business in Kaysersberg, Alsace

Olivier Nasti may sound like the name of a villainous cartoon character, mean, bony, bitter and solitary, but the Olivier Nasti I met in the town of Kaysersberg in Alsace is a charming, round-cheeked chef and businessman with a strong sense family. Seven miles northwest of Colmar, in one of the small, colorful tourist-friendly towns along the Alsace wine route,...

The Natural Pleasures of WWOOFing in Europe

In April 2008 Judy and Dave Kashoff temporarily shut down their lives in the Philadelphia suburbs of Bucks County and set off for travels...

Dreams of Romance on Normandy’s Flowered Coast from Cabourg to Deauville. Part 3 of...

Part 3 of a three-part investigation into potentially romantic hotels on the Flowered Coast of Normandy, featuring the Grand Hotel in Cabourg, Les Manoirs de Tourgéville near Deauville, the Royal and Normandy Barriere Hotels in Deauville, several less luxurious hotels in the area and recommendable restaurants.

Biarritz Hotels: Hotel du Palais, Café de Paris, Windsor, Edouard VII, Mercure Plaza

Accompanying France Revisited's examination of surfing and museums in Biarritz, here are five notable hotels in the mid and upper price ranges, i.e. 3-,4- and 5-star hotels, including the history of the imperial residence that launched Biarritz as an international resort destination.

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