Thursday Doors – Reims

This week’s door can be found on the property of Basilique Saint-Remi. While it’s true that Champagne is what brought my friend, Stephanie, and me to the city, we quickly found several things that we wanted to check out during our visit. One of those things was Basilique Saint-Remi, the UNESCO medieval Abbey church that’s […]

Read More

La Dame de Fer

Ahh, the Iron Lady. No, I’m not talking about Margaret Thatcher. What was initially built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), held to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution, the Eiffel Tower was only intended to stand for 20 years before being dismantled.

Read More

Thursday Doors – Paris

Fun fact: today is my birthday! To celebrate, I’ve taken the day off from working from home and will pretend that I’m in Paris. A Parisian Pandemic Birthday! So it’s only fitting that this week’s door be in Paris. I considered going with a gorgeous and ornate door, but I chose this one instead. Because […]

Read More

Me Feet At ..

Let’s go back to one of the most ridiculously over the top places that I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. I’ve covered Palais Garnier over several posts and they can be found here and here (and here and here and here and here and here).

Read More

Galleria Umberto I

I love the pattern of this domed roof at Galleria Umberto I in Naples, and had to take a photo as soon as I saw it.

Read More

H is for .. Harbour

In this installment of my Alphabet series, we’re headed somewhere we’ve been before.

Read More

Vaux-le-Vicomte, the Grand Salon

Today we’ll wrap up our visit to Vaux-le-Vicomte with a quick stop in the Grand Salon. This large room is the château’s central point, from which the rest of the elaborately decorated rooms spread out from. The domed ceiling rises 18 metres above the ground and sprawling surface area of 400 square metres. I think […]

Read More

Vaux-le-Vicomte, Life Downstairs

Life upstairs at Vaux-le-Vicomte was fancy and picture perfect, and it took hard work from the staff to make it appear effortless. Much of the behind the scenes work was done downstairs.

Read More

Vaux-le-Vicomte, Tapestries & Cabinets

I shared a post a few days ago which featured a few of the smaller details that make Vaux-le-Vicomte a treat to visit. Today I’ll focus on some of the larger ones; striking tapestries and ornately designed cabinets. Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canadians. Stay safe! Bonne journée! Marla

Read More

Vaux-le-Vicomte, A Bedroom Fit for a King

If you recall my first post in this series featuring Vaux-le-Vicomte, you might remember my mentioning that Nicolas Fouquet was Superintendent of Finances under King Louis XIV. So when Fouquet had Vaux-le-Vicomte built, he made sure to include a beautiful bedroom for the young King to enjoy during his visits to the château. Unfortunately for […]

Read More

Vaux-le-Vicomte, Checkerboard Floor

I love a good floor, including a checkerboard. I usually associate them with kitchens, so it was a nice surprise to find one in such an elaborately decorated room of this beautiful château. Bonne journée! Marla

Read More

Vaux-le-Vicomte, It’s in the Details

It can be a bit overwhelming wandering through a French château. There’s usually so much going on around you that it starts to feel like your eyes might just fall out of your head. It’s so easy to miss the little details amongst the grandeur.

Read More

Vaux-le-Vicomte, The Desks

During this global pandemic, I’ve been fortunate to continue working. Of course, my computer set up looks very different here at home with a makeshift table set up as my desk.

Read More

Vaux-le-Vicomte, The Room with All the Gold

I’ve completely lost track of what each room is at Vaux-le-Vicomte. Normally I can find the information in brochures I’ve held onto and bulk it up with help from online. Unfortunately I can’t find any papers in my stash and details for Vaux-le-Vicomte online are limited.

Read More

Vaux-le-Vicomte, The Dining Room

The fanciest of dining rooms I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating in have been at nice restaurants or hotels. At the time, I marveled at the decor of each location. But none of them could compare to sitting down for dinner in the dining room at Vaux-le-Vicomte. Just imagine being a guest here. Where […]

Read More

Vaux-le-Vicomte, Looking Up

I took a lot of photos during my visit to Vaux-le-Vicomte. Of course I did. So many, in fact, that I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with where to start. I have decided that looking up is as good of a place as any, and am sharing an assortment of ceiling photos. If I’ve learned anything […]

Read More

Vaux-le-Vicomte – Dome with a View

Located at the back of the Chateau is an impressive dome that towers above you at an height of 25 metres. Climbing to its top provides a 360° view around the expansive estate. In order to climb the tower, I had to pay an additional 3€ at it’s entrance. The woman collecting money looked down […]

Read More

G is for .. Stained Glass

G is for Glass. Stained glass. Said like a certain famous fictional spy who likes his favourite beverage shaken, not stirred. Yes, that’s right. In this installment of my Alphabet series, we’re headed to Reims to visit Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

Read More

Château de Marqueyssac

Google Château de Marqueyssac and you’ll find countless photos of swirly box hedges and topiaries set high above the Dordogne River. The gardens and their setting are stunning. Upon discovering them online, I immediately knew that I had to see them in real life. I imagined our visit to be everything it was not. I […]

Read More