Category Archives: France

Photo of the Week: Strasbourg’s Astronomical Clock

The astronomical clock in Strasbourg Cathedral is a fine example of what can be achieved when art and science come together. Statuettes and paintings embellish a case housing clock dials and mechanisms, working together to measure time and astronomical indications. When Strasbourg’s astronomical clock was completed in 1574, it was considered to be one of […]

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Photo of the Week: Dôme des Invalides

An unmissable monument in Paris’ cityscape is the glittering gold dome of the royal chapel at Les Invalides. Dôme des Invalides was first inspired by the dome at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Designed by Jules Hardouin Mansart, the dome is considered one of the finest examples of French Baroque architecture. The dome was finished […]

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How to Spend 4 Days in Paris- Our Itinerary

Paris is one of my favourite cities, the one that made me fall in love with travelling. Paris is romantic, cultured and sophisticated, with so much to see and do. It’s hard to do Paris justice in just four days. I’ve visited twice now and there are still entire sections of the city I’ve yet […]

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Photo of the Week: Tomb of Sainte-Geneviève

In Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, a church in Paris near the Pantheon, you’ll find a beautiful shrine dedicated to Sainte-Geneviève, the patroness of Paris. The remarkable golden reliquary you see here was used to hold the remains of Sainte-Geneviève, along with many important relics. The citizens of Paris would parade the relics from the church to Notre-Dame and […]

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Photo of the Week: The Orangerie, Palace of Versailles

One of my favourite views at the Palace of Versailles, is the one overlooking the Orangerie and Pond of the Swiss. The Orangerie was built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart from 1684 and 1686. The garden is flanked with a grand 100-step staircase and contains over 1,000 trees, some over 200 years old! There are orange trees from […]

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Photo of the Week: La Madeleine, Paris

Just north of Place de la Concorde is L’église de St-Marie-Madeleine, or St. Mary Magdalene Church. When we first came across La Madeleine, as it is commonly called, we didn’t know it was a church because the building resembles a large Roman temple. There are 52 Corinthian columns that surround the temple, topped with a […]

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Photo of the Week: Strasbourg Cathedral, France

The Strasbourg Cathedral dominates the square at the end of Rue Mercière, standing tall over the heart of the city. Notre-Dame de Strasbourg was built between 1190 and 1439, a Gothic masterpiece that would be the tallest construction in the world for over 200 years. At 142 metres tall, its single steeple makes the cathedral […]

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Strasbourg- Charm, Romance and One Incredibly Tall Cathedral

I had never heard of Strasbourg until I got an email from my mom. Attached was a slideshow of beautiful pictures from medieval towns in Europe. My eyes lit up as I clicked through pages of half-timbered houses, window boxes overflowing with red flowers, gentle flowing canals and narrow, winding streets. The little bit of […]

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Photo of the Week: Sacre Coeur Basilica

Crowning the top of Montmartre Hill, Paris’ highest point, is Sacré Coeur Basilica. This prominent location makes Sacré Coeur Basilica one of the most noticeable landmarks in Paris, easily visible from the top of the Eiffel Tower. This imposing basilica will surely make you gasp when it first hovers into view. The beaming white stones have […]

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Paris in Black and White- Photo Series

Paris is a photographer’s dream! Everywhere you look there are famous landmarks, beautiful parks and exquisite architecture just begging to be photographed. I could not put my camera down and came home with a ridiculous amount of photos! When I got to editing my pictures, I started to play around with black and white and […]

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Photo of the Week: Grand Foyer of Palais Garnier, Paris

The Palais Garnier, home to the Paris Opera, was the most stunning building we visited in Paris! The Grand Foyer was designed to resemble the gallery of a classical chateau- adorned with gold and accented with mirrors and windows. The ceiling paintings are exquisite and portray themes from the history of music. The dominant decorative […]

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Photo of the Week: Wall for Peace, Paris

At the end of Parc du Champ de Mars, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, stands the Wall for Peace. Etched on its glass is the word “Peace” in forty-nine languages and eighteen different alphabets. It was inspired by the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and visitors can put their messages of peace in the […]

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Romantic Paris- Our Favourite Activities for Romance

Ah…Paris. The “City of Love,” the “City of Light.” Paris has captivated me since my first trip to Europe in the eleventh grade. It was the city that sparked my passion for travel. Paris was my first love. And just like first loves do, Paris always lingered in my heart, even long after I’d gone. […]

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