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The Chateau That Sugar Built: Seven Deadly Sins

Frank Browning | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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.

The Best Vacations For Your Vices

Posted 08.31.2013 | Travel

Vacation is a time to indulge. For many, that indulgence may be lazing around in a beautiful place and doing nothing very much at all. For others, ...

More than Just Versailles: Grand Châteaux near Paris

Rick Steves | Posted 10.28.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

While the Loire Valley (two hours south of Paris) is home to the best variety of French châteaux, there are also impressive palaces much closer to Pa...

My Aunt and Uncle Are Cave People

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 10.15.2013 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

I will always fondly remember visiting my aunt and uncle at their cave, feeling like a wild child, almost a Flintstone.

Cave House in Loire Is Charming Bioclimatic Troglodyte Home (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 03.13.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

In the Saumur region of France there are over a thousand miles of underground tunnels and thousands of caves, known as "troglodytes," used as homes, hotels, restaurants, museums, wineries, and even a disco and a zoo.