Finding the Green Fairy at La Fee Verte, Paris (Absinthe)

absinthe with water added

My first exposure to absinthe was watching it being prepared in a scene from the 1992 version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I don’t even recall whether they referred to the liqueur by name. But I do remember being fascinated by the almost-ceremonial process of preparing the drink prior to consumption. It was many years before I actually … Read more Finding the Green Fairy at La Fee Verte, Paris (Absinthe)

5 Things To Do in Avignon, France

Pont Saint Benezet, Avignon France

In a country that boasts a city as amazing and beautiful as Paris, it’s understandable that you might not consider seeing other places in France. Paris has it all – great food, shopping, museums, parks, and people watching. But if you’re travelling through the south of France, do make the journey to Avignon. Here are … Read more 5 Things To Do in Avignon, France

The Musée du Vin Paris (The Museum of Wine)

Musée du Vin Paris exterior

What would Paris be without an entire museum dedicated to the manufacture and subsequent enjoyment of wine? Well, we finally paid a visit to the aptly-named Musée du Vin Paris on our last visit. And we were pleasantly surprised by all the viticulture-themed treasures displayed inside! Now, I’ll be honest. The Museum of Wine doesn’t sound like … Read more The Musée du Vin Paris (The Museum of Wine)

What to See at Versailles Besides Versailles – Petit Trianon

Petit Trianon grand salon

The Palace of Versailles offers much more to explore than just one ornately decorated chateau. If you go, be sure to leave yourself enough time to visit the other sites on the property. One fine example is the Petit Trianon. It’s a modest little home, at least by Versailles standards. The Petit Trianon was built between 1762 and … Read more What to See at Versailles Besides Versailles – Petit Trianon

What to See at Versailles Besides Versailles -The Queen’s Hamlet

Malborough Tower versailles

The Palace of Versailles in France is one of the most popular tourist sites in the country. It’s also very overcrowded, and in my opinion, a bit over-hyped. That’s not to say that it isn’t worth visiting. It’s pretty impressive by anyone’s standards. But if you hate crowds and being jostled by throngs of strangers, … Read more What to See at Versailles Besides Versailles -The Queen’s Hamlet

The Creepy-Coolness of the Paris Catacombs

skull heart paris catacombs

The last time my husband and I were in Paris was about seven years ago. We toured the Catacombs underneath the city, but my memories of the experience managed to fade over time. I do remember that it was fairly dark, a little creepy (which I’m cool with), and that most of our photos didn’t turn out very well … Read more The Creepy-Coolness of the Paris Catacombs

Lunch at the Victoria Station Restaurant, Paris

Victoria Station exterior paris

On one of our slightly more leisurely days in Paris, my husband and I decided to explore a few of the Grands Boulevards, or covered galleries between the 9th and 2nd arrondissments. We were poking around Passage Jouffroy specifically when we both decided we were peckish. As it happened, we walked out onto the street … Read more Lunch at the Victoria Station Restaurant, Paris

Three Museums in Paris That Aren’t Overcrowded

Les Invalides Museum

When my husband and I went to Paris, France eight years ago, there were line-ups out the door and lengthy waiting times to enter the popular museums. The Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, and the Catacombs were especially busy and overcrowded. We assumed that all the museums would be the same this time around, and we were … Read more Three Museums in Paris That Aren’t Overcrowded