Bon Voyage! - My Family Travels

Bienvenu en France mes amis! Welcome to the wonderful nation that I was fortunate to go on vacation to with my family during the summer of 2007. Whether the cultural knowledge, the never-ending delicious food, or the language, this trip will stay in my memory forever. The experience at each of region was unique in its own marvelous way.

            My journey became at the heart of the nation, à Paris. This famous city was rich in points of interests and culture. I visited numerous museums that opened me up to the beauty of European art. Whether the well-known Louvre and Musée D’Orsay, or the smaller museum with Rodin’s sculptures every one of these portrayed France’s wealthy artwork. Sitting in the café among Rodin’s gigantic sculptures all around is priceless. Each monument’s exotic architecture was more special than the one preceding it. From Notre Dame to the Opera Garnier, these buildings fascinated me with their designs. Moreover, each part of the country we visited had its distinctive food, which was all delicious. While the meals are definitely not for healthy freaks, don’t worry – there are plenty of places to explore to burn all those calories.

            The next stop was to the north of ParisNormandy. What quickly comes to mind in association with this part of France is the famous Mont SaintMichel. This beautiful abbey is usually accessible, but occasionally because of heavy rain, it becomes an island. Its gorgeous appearance is exceptional as it towers over the ocean. In addition, the food here varies from Paris’ due to its stress on sea food and fish, which is cooked tremendously well with, yet again, rich French sauce.

            After another long ride in the car, we finally arrived to the renowned Chateaux de la Loire. These varying castles were mostly like palaces except a few, such as Chambord, who were more like battle castles. A few examples of fabulous palaces included Chenonceaux and Cheverny. Fortunately, the hotel we were staying at was five minutes away from Chenonceaux by foot; this hotel was called Hôtel la Roseraie, which had a great restaurant and excellent service. The day we arrived, we walked over to Chenonceaux at night and the view was unbelievable. With the 18th century music in the background along with the lit-up gardens and castle, the experience was remarkable. Our next destination also involved castles, but they were designed quite differently.

            Dordogne valley’s castles were much less like palaces, and resembled Chambord in their readiness to fight other barons. These structures were heavily fortified and had a unique appearance as they were built around the river. The small towns before these castles were also interesting and the houses were being sold! Moreover, in all areas out of Paris, people hardly spoke English, forcing me to speak French almost all the time. This moment made me realize the importance of knowing other languages, and I hope to continue improving my French. Then, we reached our final destination in France before returning to Paris – Beaune. This small city possesses some of the oldest cellars that store wine and has plenty of wine-tasting facilities, for adults only of course. Additionally, since it is in Burgundy, it is famous for its meat dishes. Therefore, that was a delightful completion to my adventures.

            Overall, my travelling experience of la France will stick with me for years and years to come. The culture, ancient architecture, food, and the language spark bright memories in my mind of the adventures. I would recommend for all to complete a journey similar to mine, enjoying every little detail of the trip.


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