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Live Like Royalty -- Even if Only for a Saturday Night

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 08.16.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Last night, we decided to escape the heat of the city by leaving Paris for the evening, and it worked -- the temperature was actually a bit lower in the countryside, a relief after a hard day's heat wave.

Celebrating July 4th in France

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

It's the July 4th weekend. My wife, Kathy, and I have a bag full of red, white and blue pinwheels, some Stars and Stripes-brand snack cakes and a packet of mini-flags. We're nearly set for a holiday blowout in the country. Strangely, none of the stores is stocked with hot dogs or chips. No one around us seems to be doing the same.

Sleep Like a Monk, and Dine Like a Queen

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 11.28.2014 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

The Fontevraud monastery is smack in the center of France, in the Loire region, some 195 miles south of Paris, a royal destination if there ever was one.

The Chateau That Sugar Built: Seven Deadly Sins

Frank Browning | Posted 08.17.2014 | Arts
Frank Browning

Aside from the surreal garden walk at Chateau Chaumont this year, there are, as always, the dozens of acres of outdoor sculpture--not to mention the exposition of world famous painters and photographers inside the Castle that Sugar Built.

A French Chateau Rises Again

Jim Calio | Posted 02.19.2014 | Travel
Jim Calio

When it was finished, Vaux-le-Comite was indeed a sight to behold, a lovely, Baroque chateau that became the birth place of the style known as the "jardin a la francaise." It was the perfect blending of architecture, landscaping and interior design.