I was so disappointed that Napoleon’s apartment at the Louvre was closed the afternoon I was there.   Seriously!  Of all the things to do and see at the Louvre, it is one of the most recommended.  Although I couldn’t see the apartment itself, the grand Escalier du Ministre staircase leading up to the apartment was […]

Midwesterners are used to dramatic shifts in temperature, especially in the spring.  After all, it’s those warm fronts and cold fronts jockeying for position that often result in tornado outbreaks.  That said, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced the highs and lows we did last week.  As one of my friends said:  heater, air conditioning, […]

As a friend recently asked, “What is it about December that brings out the ‘year in review recaps’ and ‘predictions’ in all of us?”  I don’t know the answer, but I do feel myself being sucked in.  Because the “A to Z” series I incorporated into my 365+1 photo blogging project has been so well received, I thought I’d […]

One of the most remarkable things at Chateau d’Usse are its towers.  They are an important part of the story of Sleeping Beauty, written after Charles Perrault stayed at the castle.  Plus they are just pretty darn cool and not something I could ever see back home Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-USA where structures barely date back to the 18th Century. […]

The staircase at the Chateau du Chenonceau is adorned with carvings of people, fruit, and flowers.  The portion of the staircase that connects the ground floor with the first floor was the first straight staircase (rather than curved staircase) to be built in France based upon the Italian model. You Might Also Enjoy: Chateau du […]