Another World… La Défense

Looking out from the Eiffel Tower to the west, you’ll see a far-away cluster of skyscrapers. You might wonder if a mini New York City was transplanted there. No, it’s La Défense. If you’ve taken public transportation in Paris, you’ve likely seen the words as a stop on the RER train or the Line 1 Métro, a station flung out to the extreme west of the city. What is La Défense? A neighborhood? A monument? Well, sort of… both.

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The 10 Best Parks in Paris

In a city of 2 million residents, the need for more housing (not to mention financial opportunity) didn’t prevent the French government from prioritizing  green spaces.  Paris parks are not plots of grass or playing fields. The aesthetic design that has gone into the creation and maintenance of these oases will surprise and delight you. Including at least one picnic during your trip will balance the urban hustle of the city with a peaceful, floral getaway. Here are 10 Paris…

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Dinan: My Favorite Place in Brittany

If it’s your first visit to France, it might not cross your mind to visit Brittany. Your first trip will likely take you to Paris or Provence. But once you’ve gotten the City lights and the land of olives, basil, and garlic out of your system, you may be ready for a change of pace. There are many rolling hills and peaceful landscapes in Brittany, though my favorite destinations aren’t typically rural. Even here in the midst of this lush,…

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