I enjoy visiting London, and try to schedule a long stopover in between flights to other points in Europe if I can. Earlier this summer, I had a day in London as I was heading to central France to participate in a Crafty Retreats class. For me, it was a perfectly English day in London.
If you are not “churched” out after a visit to Paris, then take a day trip to Chartres, about one hour southwest of Paris, to see one of the greatest Gothic churches still in existence. The Chartres Cathedral is considered the pinnacle of high Gothic architecture and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. As one of the best preserved Gothic churches, it is still adorned with most of the original sculptures and numerous beautifully detailed stained glass windows.
For King Louis XIV of France, size mattered. There is nothing small about the Palace of Versailles and its gardens. Along with size, there is also lots of bling. He built it purposely to impress and overwhelm, feelings that are as much a pat of a visit today as they were 350 years ago when the palace was built. Spend a day in Versailles and and let yourself be awed by the experience. Continue reading “A Day in Versailles-A Golden Palace Designed to Impress”
If like me, you like impressionist paintings and gardens, then a day trip to Claude Monet’s home in Giverny is a must. Giverny is about 50 miles north west of Paris and can easily be reached by train for a relaxing break from the busy Paris scene. Continue reading “Impressions of Monet – A Day in Giverny”
Don’t visit Annecy (pronounced Ansi) if you are looking for big cathedrals or museums filled with important art. But if you are looking for a quiet, lovely, romantic spot to just relax and amble along cobbled streets past canals and pastel colored houses, all with lake and mountain views, then Annecy, France’s little “Venice of the North” is the place to go.
The southern end of Germany’s Romantic Road, Fussen, Germany makes a nice home base when visiting the nearby Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. After a day of fantasy castle sightseeing, it was a pleasure to wander the colorful, quiet streets of the old town center and take in the historic sights and the colorful buildings. Continue reading “Photo Essay: A Day in Fussen, Germany and Its Authentic Gothic Castle”
A short tram ride from the hustle and bustle of Munich’s central train station takes you to the palatial summer residence of the Wittelsbach’s, Bavaria’s ruling family for over 700 years. Touring the palace and outbuildings is interesting, but strolling through the 500 acre wooded gardens makes it hard to believe that a city of 1.5 million residents surrounds this peaceful enclave.