Spending an Afternoon in Strasbourg, France

Visiting the French city of Strasbourg, you experience what it is like to be an area that has seen tremendous conflict between various cultures over 2,000 years and the impacts seen today. From the German architecture of its buildings in the historic city center to the French language and food found throughout the city, Strasbourg …

The Perfect Medieval Castle in France to Visit

Situated in the Alsace Region of France is a picture-perfect, mountain-top castle straight from the Middle Ages. Visiting the castle, Haut-Koenigsbourg, you are instantly transported back to a time of knights, peasants, and nobility as this medieval castle is absolutely a wonderful place to visit with some amazing views of the Rhine River Valley, and …

Cannes in the French Riviera – Star Gazing at the International Film Festival & Visting the Medieval Village of St. Paul

In a city that is most famous for its annual international film festival, make no mistake about it, you are in the middle of the French Riviera!  In French, the Côte d'Azur (literally meaning the Azure Coast) or in English, referred to as the "French Riviera" it is easy to see the reference to "Azure" which …

How We Spent a Weekend in Paris – with a full moon surprise

Okay, so I have another blog post on a trip to Paris here from a weekend trip we took in January, but there is just something about Paris that keeps bringing us back to this beautiful city.  That, and the fact that is is a 3 hour ICE train ride from Mannheim, Germany! In June …

How to See 6 Countries, 3 Continents, and 1 Boat for 16 Nights in April

For Amanda's birthday this year in April, we chose to do a back-to-back cruise with Holland America.  The first half of the cruise was  through the Greek Islands starting from Rome.  And, then once back to Rome, we started the 2nd half of the cruise through the Italian & French Riviera and to Tunisia and …

See Why the Country of Monaco & the French Riviera Is the Land of Luxury

Our next stop was to the 2nd smallest country in the world, Monaco (size of central park in NYC -- The Vatican City being the smallest country). Four things come to mind when I think of Monaco and the French Riviera: James Bond, Monte Carlo Grand Prix, Princess Grace, and Luxury. The French Riviera has …