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Cruising on the Seine River – a stop at Monet’s Garden in Giverny
The Japanese Bridge over the pond in Monet's Garden

Cruising on the Seine River – a stop at Monet’s Garden in Giverny

I’m walking in Monet’s glorious gardens at Giverny on sunny day thinking about a little girl skipping over the famous green Japanese Bridges a big smile on her face.

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Learning about grapes and history in the Champagne region near Paris
Vineyards in the Champagne region of France

Learning about grapes and history in the Champagne region near Paris

We’re sitting in a family dining room in a tiny French village eating chicken cooked in champagne and sipping champagne. This is the Champagne Region of France afterall.

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Time-traveling in Paris — to a tiny hotel in a 17th Century building
Shopping and dining at night in St. Germaine district of Paris

Time-traveling in Paris — to a tiny hotel in a 17th Century building

We’ve moved from the heart of fashionable Paris to the St. Germaine neighborhood on the Left Bank and feel like we’ve time traveled, checking in to the tiny Hotel Verneuil, a 26-room hotel that is housed in a 17th century building.

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Touring the famous Louvre in Paris with a family-oriented guide
Children getting an art and history lesson from a guide in the Louvre

Touring the famous Louvre in Paris with a family-oriented guide

Eighty per cent of her clients are American families. She notes that most guides, while true experts in their field, aren’t often as willing to play to the kids’ interests so when booking a guide, it is key to make sure they appreciate that kids’ may not have as long attention span.

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Two weeks in France visiting Paris, champagne country and Normandy via river cruise
Place des Voges in Paris

Two weeks in France visiting Paris, champagne country and Normandy via river cruise

Arriving in Paris jet-lagged, a quick trip to see Monet's water lillies at the Musee de L'Orangerie was just the tonic. Armed with a Paris Pass, we didn't have to wait in a long line for tickets.

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Remembering Those Cozy Cannes Nights
Waterfront at Cannes

Remembering Those Cozy Cannes Nights

Jetlagged, hungry, and in need of a bed, we found our way to our hotel for the night -- Chateau de Goville--an old manor in the Norman countryside. I kept saying the château would be Downton Abbey-esque, but it wasn’t until we settled into our room and found a plaque on the wall stating that the Duchess of the Estate had lived (and died!) in this very room nearly seventy years ago that we really felt the chateau’s history.

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