Mini Paris Getaway: Les Etangs du Corot

26 October 2015

Those who don’t live in Paris (but dream of it) often have little empathy when expats whine about needing to get out of the city. Skipping town for a day or even a weekend becomes a pressing need for me in a few key contexts: a particularly stressful stretch of time, related to any variety of factors – professional, bureaucratic, interpersonal; the realization that I can no longer remember how much time has passed since the last time I felt close to nature (usually triggered by an annual spike in pollution levels); or some form of discomfiting change. The photo above, of Les Etangs (ponds) du Corot in Ville d’Avray, was taken mid-August on one such getaway precipitated by the loss of our sweet cat. From the moment we learned she was ill in the beginning of the year, we knew it would be challenging to commit to any concrete travel plans. When I went to New York in June, my husband stayed in Paris. When he took a week to rock climb, I stayed with her. And that went on for seven months, right up to the end. That we lost her two days before our wedding anniversary cast a […]…

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Versailles by Bike (+ Giveaway!)

18 August 2015

Visiting Versailles is a non-negotiable when traveling to the Paris region. It offers grand insights into the country’s royal past as well as its horticultural prowess and caters to both those who enjoy lengthy museum visits and those who prefer to spend time exploring the outdoors. But what can make the experience even better – or perhaps, I should say, more interesting – is seeing it from a different perspective. I have found that simply jumping on a bike and gliding through verdant countryside is all it takes. Now imagine that experience in Versailles, riding to the city’s open-air market to pick up picnic provisions, then throughout the lush gardens along trails and tree-lined paths toward Marie Antoinette’s hamlet and onto the grounds immediately surrounding the Château where those handy bikes act as your fast pass inside, allowing you to skip the lines entirely. That’s what you’ll get with the Versailles Bike Tour with Fat Tire Tours. And they’ve kindly offered two spots on the tour for two of my readers on their next visit! Enter to win:  1/ Leave a comment below describing your favorite memory from Versailles. Or, if you haven’t yet visited, what you’d most like to see there.  2/ […]…

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