Rennes

Rennes: Brittany’s Charming Capital City

Located at the confluence of the Ille and Vilaine rivers, in the mid-eastern section of Brittany, lies the city of Rennes. About an hour and twenty minutes from Nantes by train, and only an hour and a half from...
Nantes Opera Graslin

Nantes – A city forever reinventing itself

In north western France, on the banks of the Loire River sits the wildly inventive city of Nantes. Though now a part of the Pays de la Loire region, Nantes has strong historical and cultural ties to Brittany. T...
Rhône-Alpes

Foodie tour of the Rhône-Alpes

Cycle route Annecy As someone who spends much of her time behind a computer there’s nothing quite as satisfying as being able to boast that I cycled the French Alps. The fact that I’m pedaling an electric b...
The semi-circular colonnade and bronze statue are reflected in a still pool at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer

Visiting Normandy – 70 Years after D-Day

This year marks a significant anniversary in world history; seventy years ago Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, and changed the tides of World War II. It was June 6, 1944 when Canadian, American, a...
Each year 500,000 visitors walk the central path of Monet's Clos Normand flower garden Credit: All photos by Julie Kalan

Impressions of Normandy

After years of seeing reproductions of Monet’s work on the waiting room walls at doctor’s offices, I had developed a kind of Pavlovian response to the images. The very sight of water lilies made me bored, impat...