Category France

Funniest travel moments from 2013

2013 was a great year for travel giggles: A flasher climbing the House of Adam in Angers, France Go ahead, play soccer, drive and have a house. Don’t even think about playing soccer, driving or having a house.  (Signs in Halberstadt, Germany). We probably felt it even more (from our hotel room in Stralsund, Germany). […]

The Apocalypse Tapestry in Angers and why I’m glad I’ve studied Revelations

After several hours of gaping in awe at the Apocalypse Tapestry in Angers, France, I kept thinking “Why isn’t this masterpiece world famous?”  Well, perhaps it is famous in France, but in the states you’d need to be a big medieval art nerd to have heard about it. The most likely reason  is it’s a difficult […]

Bayeux tapestry: the best art always wins the battle

I suck at history unless there’s a  great work of art involved.  So, despite a general ignorance of French and British history, I can tell you all about the Battle of Hastings in the year 1066.  Well, I can tell you the perspective as represented in the Bayeux tapestry: one of the best works of […]

A lively day in Tours

Nothing engages a train car full of French people than when an old lady tells two Americans that their country’s cheese sucks.  On our way to Tours, France, an elderly woman took up conversation with HOB, and in finding that we are American, loudly and in great detail denounced our country’s cheese, much to the […]

Curious capital carvings in Chauvigny

By now you know I have a total ladybone for Romanesque art, most especially Romanesque sculpture.  The column capitals in the Église Saint-Pierre in Chauvigny, France, have been on my must see list for a long time, and they certainly did not disappoint. The good stuff is in the 12 century choir, which was “restored” […]

In which your budget traveler reveals her expenses: the price of a 10 day trip to France

I’ve heard the muttering : “It must be nice to afford Europe travel” and the insinuations about my entitlement, or even snide asides to my assumed elitism.  Let’s get this straight –I am incredibly grateful to be able to travel, and I know it’s out of reach for a lot of people  for financial, family […]

Abbey of Saint-Savin, romance, and Fresco Neck™

After hours of looking up at the frescoes in the Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, in Saint-Savin, France, we were developing a serious case of Fresco Neck™. (Fresco Neck™  is my trademarked diagnosis of the neck cramping and fatigue resulting from chronic fresco, mosaic, and stained glass viewing).  Let me assure you, it was worth it.  These […]

Green pâté and charred goat cheesecake: what we ate in Poitiers and Chauvigny

Wherever we travel, HOB and I try the local specialties.  I can tell you the reason is because it’s a great way to participate in the culture, which is true.  Also, it makes local people happy–we’ve had people gather around us in approval when we’ve sought out an unusual regional delicacy at a shop or […]

Winning window bars in Poitiers

Why can’t my window bars at home be as, um, as uplifting and exciting as these I saw in Poitiers?

Picnic at Église Notre-Dame la Grande, Poitiers

A plane to Paris, connection directly from the airport by train to Poitiers, a quick dump of our bags in the hotel by the train station, a run up a steep hill into the historical district of Potiers and voilà: two hungry and jet lagged Americans ready for a picnic.  Within an hour of arrival we […]