Near Paris

“An Hour From Paris” (I saw a red squirrel there)

A review of An Hour from Paris by Annabel Simms, a guide to daytrips from Paris within an hour of the city.

Radiating from Paris: Our Glorious Ladies of Gothic Architecture (Part II: Reims, Amiens, Practical...

France Revisited pays homage to that great Gothic monument at the center of the capital and to four other Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedrals within 100 miles of Paris in a two-part article. Part II below concerns Notre-Dames of Reims and Amiens and includes practical tips for visiting all five. Part I concerns Notre-Dames of Paris, Laon and Chartres.

Va-nu-pieds: Returning to Parc de Sceaux

Va-nu-pieds, the Barefoot Photographer, feels the irrepressible pull of nature as he revisits the Parc de Sceaux south of Paris.

Vice & Versailles: A Master Gardener Delves Into the Dark Shadows of the Louis...

As head gardener of Versailles Alain Baraton is responsible for restoring and maintaining the majesty of the backyard of kings, but he appears to relish in declaring that “Versailles was a great shop of horrors.” In the book "Vice et Versailles" Baraton leads readers into the dark side of the great palace.

Beyond Versailles: The Chevreuse Valley, Breteuil, Vaux de Cernay, Rambouillet

A daytrip or overnight from Paris into the Chevreuse Valley, including Chevreuse, the Chateau de Breteuil, the Chateau de Dampierre, the Hotel/Abbey of Vaux de Cernay, Rambouillet, and the Forest of Rambouillet.

Near Paris: The Giverny – La Roche-Guyon Daytrip Combo

How and why to combine a visit to Monet's House and Gardens at Giverny with a visit to the chateau of La Roche Guyon, whether on a daytrip from Paris or a longer excursion to Normandy.

Jealousy and the Thrones at Versailles

My friend Henri was so jealous that I’d seen the excellent exhibition of thrones in the royal apartments of the Palace of Versailles before...

What’s THAT at Versailles? Anish Kapoor and “The Queen’s Vagina”

Despite the fact that Louis XIV dragged every artist he could find to Versailles in the 17th century, bringing contemporary sculpture to the palace in the 21st century has been fraught with controversy ever since the domain instituted an annual summer exhibition. Case in point, the work of Anish Kapoor presented in the palace gardens June 9 to Nov. 1, 2015.

Part III: The American Versailles. Not Impressed Yet? Try This!

Versailles, for all its reflection of historical French grandeur, authority, nobility, art, craftsmanship, and etiquette, is also a reflection of American power. Versailles may well be the French monument that most symbolizes American power, after the Statue of Liberty that is.

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