Monday, July 7, 2014
While we did not happen to glimpse "Nessie" at Loch Ness, we did see a couple of wild goats along the shoreline of the large lake in Scotland, near Fort Augustus. Taking a cruise from the village is a great way to enjoy the loch and its beautiful surrounding scenery.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge, is located eight miles north of Salisbury, England.
It was not only a dream of mine to visit the gigantic rock formation, it was important to the research I need for the children's book I'm currently revising.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
As an American, visiting the site of the D Day invasion that took place on June 6, 1944, was an extremely emotional experience. It was hard to imagine that seventy years ago, these now beautiful sands, were soiled with the blood, and laden with the bodies, of so many young heroes.
If you have the opportunity to visit Omaha Beach, be sure to include a visit to the nearby Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
Seeing the 9,387 headstones was an overwhelming experience for me.
The Visitors Center at the site, includes numerous exhibits and documentary movies on the Normandy Invasion. A word of warning: be sure to take a handkerchief with you.
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Sunday, June 29, 2014
Although I've read many books on Claude Monet, visiting his estate was something I'll never forget. The cliché, "pictures don't do it justice," seems to be appropriate for the spectacular gardens and home of the father of Impressionism.
Friday, June 27, 2014
|The Tuileries Garden next to the Louvre Museum|
This historic garden was created in 1564 and was opened to the Parisian public in 1667. If you plan to visit the Louvre Museum, a great way to complete your day, is to walk through this lovely park and then arrive at the opposite end of the gardens to visit Musee l'Orangerie and enjoy Claude Monet's series des Nympheas.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Gustave Eiffel's tower was revealed in Paris for the 1889 World's Fair. It was only intended to welcome visitors to the fair, and then to be torn down after six months. Now, 125 years later, it is still standing even after two world wars. Frances's cultural symbol is the most visited monument in the world.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Deep in the region of Provence, the small village of Gordes rises high above the Luberon Valley. It has a rich history dating back centuries. One of its crowning achievements was receiving the Croix de Guerre for being an active resistance village during World War II.