Mont Saint Michel: A Wonder of Nature and Human Skill

It is a wonder of nature and human skill that attracts more than three million visitors each year. Recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site, with 61 of its buildings protected as historic monuments, it is among the most famous touristic places of France and the entire Europe. Through history, this island inspired artists such as Henry Adams and Claude Debussy, and even became a part of contemporary culture when it was used as an inspiration for the design of Minas Tirith in Lord of the Rings’ Return of the King. Continue reading “Mont Saint Michel: A Wonder of Nature and Human Skill”

Normandy, pt. 2: History Lessons on D-Day Beaches

While visiting the Norman coast between towns Cabourg and Vierville-sur-Mer, a part that is called Côte de Nacre (in translation, Pearl Coast), Normandy graciously showed us another part of itself: one that is bleak and sad, and yet, in a way, very majestic. For this span of coast was the place of what some call the most important event of the World War II and one of the grandest military operations of all time. Five sandy beaches, Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah, gave us a memorable history lesson about the D-Day debarkment and the Battle of Normandy. Continue reading “Normandy, pt. 2: History Lessons on D-Day Beaches”

Normandy, pt. 1: Earth, Wind and Sea on the Côte d’Albâtre

In my occasional travels around wonderful France I have learned that all parts of it are beautiful and special in their own ways, and visiting Normandy only corroborated that conclusion. Spending enough time in the region allows you to see its different faces: long sandy beaches, posh tourist resorts, sleepy villages, bustling ports, historic routes and beautiful wildish nature. Continue reading “Normandy, pt. 1: Earth, Wind and Sea on the Côte d’Albâtre”

Le Fête Nationale (pt. 2): Sweet Day in Paris

One of the items on our ‘’must-do’’ list for our trip to France was to taste as many French pastries as we could manage. That is why our visit to Paris couldn’t pass without trying the ultimate and most iconic French confectionary – le macaron. The lazy afternoon of Le quatorze juillet seemed a perfect time for a visit to the Ladurée store in Rue Bonaparte, the home of the most famous Parisian macarons. Continue reading “Le Fête Nationale (pt. 2): Sweet Day in Paris”