I wasn’t sure about a guided D Day tour of the Normandy Beaches because my obsession with the history of the Second World War means I envisioned exploring Normandy on my own. I wanted to wander without a timeline through the area that I had researched, read about, and obsessively watched on Band of Brothers …

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a story of two women in war. It is also a tale of a country torn in two. The Nightingale Plot (No Spoilers) It happened quickly. On May 9, 1940, life in France was normal. People shared carafes of wine in the cafés of Paris and kids laughed among …

This post details how to visit Château de Chenonceau in France and, perhaps more importantly, why you should visit this Château with an astounding history. A visit to France’s Loire Valley is truly incomplete without a visit to Château de Chenonceau. I was first attracted to the Loire Valley in France because of the Loire River, which served as the …

First, brace yourself. Visiting Oradour-sur-Glane today is not visiting a place. It is visiting a place in time. This is a quick guide to visiting Oradour-sur-Glane. For more in-depth details about what happened at Oradour-sur-Glane, the martyr village of France, visit here. Oradour-sur-Glane is preserved to look exactly as it did after the smoke cleared …

If you’re looking for the perfect day trip to Reims, look no further! Just 45 minutes from Paris by train, Reims is a quiet but sparkling destination, boasting more than 250 kilometers of underground champagne cellars carved into its historic hills. With so many champagne houses to explore in the region, it was difficult to …

My love affair with the Loire Valley began the very first time I visited Saint-Martin-le-Beau, a commune resting near the banks of the River Cher in central France. It was a cold evening in January and the rain slopped across my windshield as I navigated my rental car over the train tracks that run parallel …