Versailles: In Which the Crushing Crowds Finally Break My Spirit

I have visited Versailles a couple times before – once in late September; another time in November. And while both times were quite busy (the September visit especially so), I had never quite experienced the true Versailles crush until my visit last April. Or, if I had experienced the crush, it hadn’t bothered me quite so … More Versailles: In Which the Crushing Crowds Finally Break My Spirit

Giverny: A Dreamy Jaunt Through Monet’s Gardens

Travel can be unpredictable: sometimes destinations you’ve hyped in your mind let you down, and other times destinations you hadn’t previously given a second thought to make you completely fall in love. But there is a third, far smaller category of travel – those places that you know, without a doubt, you will undoubtedly be … More Giverny: A Dreamy Jaunt Through Monet’s Gardens

Villedieu-les-Poêles: A Pleasant Afternoon in Normandy

After departing from majestic Mont Saint-Michel, we made our way to the town of Bayeux, which would be our home base in Normandy. Along the way, we spent a few hours in another delightful Norman town, the tricky to spell but nice to visit Villedieu-les-Poêles. We visited on a Sunday afternoon, and arrived in town just … More Villedieu-les-Poêles: A Pleasant Afternoon in Normandy

Mont Saint-Michel: Along the Ramparts and Up with the Sun

The one time I visited Mont Saint-Michel before, I did it as a day trip from Bayeux. And while this is a perfectly doable and sensible way to visit Mont Saint-Michel, I was excited that, this time around, I would get to spend a night on the island. While Mont Saint-Michel can be jam-packed with … More Mont Saint-Michel: Along the Ramparts and Up with the Sun