If you’ve read my post about one dark and stormy night (with a delish chocolate hazelnut cake), you would know that I’d been trying to see Marc Chagall’s paintings in person for years without much success. So when I heard that the Russian-born artist of Belarusian Jewish origin painted the ceiling of the famous opera house in Paris, and that Juan Diego Flórez – a Peruvian tenor who received his country’s highest decoration at the age of 31 – would be performing a recital at Palais Garnier during the time of our visit, I did not waste any time in acquiring a ticket.
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“This is what you do on your very first day in Paris. You get yourself, not a drizzle, but some honest-to-goodness rain, and you find yourself someone really nice and drive her through the Bois de Boulogne in a taxi. The rain’s very important. That’s when Paris smells its sweetest. It’s the damp chestnut trees.” – I can almost hear Audrey Hepburn saying those words in her 1954 film Sabrina.
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I would not have visited the Kyoto Imperial Palace if not for my dad, who on the morning of day 3 insisted that he must visit a royal palace during his time in Japan. So we did.
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We love Bayeux for the following reasons:
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The Bay of Mont Saint-Michel is a UNESCO world heritage site.
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After a sumptuous meal at La Mère Poulard, we were ready to ascend the stairs leading to the abbey.
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When it comes to spring blossom viewing in the Seattle area, everybody knows about Washington Park Arboretum and the Quad.
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From Dinan, it’s a half an hour drive to St-Malo. Continue reading “St-Malo, France”
Exactly how many towers and turrets stand in the walled city of Carcassonne? I lost count.
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