Country Dancing and Native American Teepees at a Chateau

We recently went to a horse show at the Chateau de Beaumesnil. Normandy has a long tradition of thoroughbred horse racing and elite horse competitions. Even beyond these competitions, many local farmers have horses, cows and donkeys on their land.  The girls were thrilled to see the horses and see the horse show except we …

Fécamp and the Wonderful Bernard Pras Exhibition

We recently visited Fécamp, a Norman fishing port town known mostly for cod.  The town is also famous for the Benedictine liqueur, created at the the Benedictine Palace using regional plants and spices by Alexandre le Grand.  Built in the 19th century, the Palace is a great example of neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance styles. Still life …

Disneyland Paris – Already 20 Years Old!

It is hard to believe Euro Disney, now called Disneyland Paris, is 20 years old.  I still remember all the brouhaha around opening the Paris location especially with the constant love-hate relationship between the US and France.  People wondered how can such an American emblem be properly represented and marketed in France, a proud country …

Family and Please Do Not Call It Bastille Day

One of the things that I love about our summers in France is seeing family and friends and truly getting to enjoy time spent with them without major schedule constraints.  For my daughters as well, they seem to like spending time with their family in France without the worries that they usually have during the …