TRAVELS WITH YOUR NAVIGO: A PERFECT DAY IN PARC DE SCEAUX – ONE OF THE BEST KEPT SECRETS NEAR PARIS

The Chateau de Sceaux.

If you’re looking for a very pleasant and interesting day trip from Paris, and you’ve already visited the big headline sites such as Versailles or Fontainebleau, the charming town of Sceaux is certainly one that offers everything you could wish for.  Known for its rich architectural heritage, its picture-perfect château, museums, 13th century church, and magnificent parks, it’s hard to believe that Sceaux is less than 10 kms south of Paris.

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WALKING THROUGH A WORK OF ART – MONET’S GARDENS AT GIVERNY

Front entrance to Monet’s house in Giverny. Photo, Alamy

We have often been asked about visiting Monet’s gardens at Giverny.  How difficult is it to get there independently, or is it best to take a tour from Paris?  Is it really worth it, or has it become a victim of tourist hype?  Are the hordes of visitors a turn-off?  Is it possible for those who want to experience the atmosphere and tranquility of a beautiful garden to still enjoy a visit, given its enormous popularity?  

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A FEAST OF FESTIVALS IN FRANCE

One of the many fabulous displays made of citrus fruit during the Fete du Citron, Menton.

From history to fantasy, and everything in between, there are plenty of festivals in France where you can experience the country’s vibrant culture.  These events celebrate everything from the latest movies, the medieval period, art, wine, parks & gardens, kites, lemons, and dragons, to theatre, opera, and other different genres of music.  Right across the country, the biggest and most important festival in France is of course Bastille Day.  However, if you want to make the most of your next trip to France, check out these festivals—by no means an exhaustive list—and start booking now.

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PARIS—AND THE REST OF FRANCE—ARE BACK IN BUSINESS!

A perfect spring day in the Upper Marais. 

As some of you know, we have just returned from 5 weeks in France.  It was a truly wonderful trip, spending 3 weeks in Paris before heading down to the glorious Burgundy district for almost 2 weeks.  Like everyone for whom travel is an essential part of life, we were anxious to spread our wings and head back to our favourite destination after the COVID-induced lockdowns of the last 2 years or so.

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MORE GREAT SIGHTS TO DISCOVER IN THE DORDOGNE

Rocamadour at sunset. 

Recently we’ve been looking at a number of beautiful places to visit in the Dordogne—a region blessed with a wealth of attractions.  There are many beautiful villages—a number of which are members of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France organisation—enough to keep a visitor occupied for weeks.  The region has some lovely towns and stunning châteaux and romantic ruins to explore, fascinating cave complexes decorated with prehistoric drawings, ancient Roman sites, numerous World Heritage Sites and some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.  As if all this were not enough to enchant the visitor, the Dordogne also has some of the best food in the country.

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