Reasons to Visit Reims

Illuminated town hall of ReimsAs the home of the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world (Champagne for the uninitiated), Reims is the most important city in the Champagne region. The entire region is filled with history, and it has one of the most beautiful buildings that were built during the Middle Ages. Despite the fact that World War I destroyed most of the old homes, the Art Deco style that the city was rebuilt in certainly has its own special glamour. If you want to know some of the reasons that Reims is worth a visit, we recommend that you keep on reading.

The Cathédrale Notre Dame

Honestly, this cathedral alone is worth the trip to Reims. With two square towers and a triple-arched doorway, it is truly a magnificent sight that defies description. Can you imagine the extravagance and egos of a French royal coronation? This resplendent Gothic cathedral was the home for many of those coronations, and the site itself has been home to churches since the 5th century. The stained glass windows truly mark a rainbow of colors, with the most spectacular ones being the Chagall creations in the central axial chapel, the north transept’s rose window, and the western facade’s 12-petalled great rose window.

The most famous event that has taken place at the Cathédrale Notre Dame happened on 17 July 1429, when Charles VII was sworn in as King, with Joan of Arc at his side. Between 1223 and 1825, 25 total coronations took place here. Since 1991, the Cathédrale Notre Dame has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are feeling particularly strong, you should consider taking the one-hour tour that leads you up all 250 steps. (more…)

Top Attractions in Amsterdam

amsterdam landmarkWhen it comes to popular tourist destinations, Amsterdam is certainly unique. Despite the fact that there are thousands of tourists here every day, the daily life in Amsterdam retains its authenticity. Sit in one of the many cafes or stroll along the canal streets, and you will be able to observe it for yourself. Even though many people know Amsterdam for the Red Light District and some of the other things that you can do here, we want to make sure that you explore the cultural side of this amazing city as well. Because Amsterdam has so much more to offer.

The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is both the most attractive and the largest museum in the Netherlands. Each year, this museum draws in more than one million visitors. After having been renovated for almost a decade, the museum reopened back in 2013. There are some spectacular Dutch Golden Age masterpieces in the collection here. Some of the most iconic pieces here include Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” and “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt. 

Van Gogh Museum

It would be rather strange if one of the (if not the) most famous painters to have ever been born in the Netherlands did not get its own museum in Amsterdam. It is the largest collection of Van Gogh works in the world, with more than 550 sketches and some 200 paintings that can be found here. The core of the museum’s collection is comprised by selected works from contemporaries and friends and hundreds of letters written by Van Gogh himself. (more…)

Some Must-See Sights In Lyon

Lyon in September

Clasical view of Lyon over the Saone river.

Even though it is the second-leading city in France (after Paris of course), Lyon remains surprisingly undiscovered by most tourists. Even though you will not see this city in many tourist itineraries, those who are willing to take the time to understand Lyon will find and adore its cultural treasures. There is a reason that Lyon is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. There is so much to see and explore in Lyon, we would rather show you some of it than talk about it.

Old Town Lyon – Quartier Saint-Georges and Quartier Saint-Jean

You are able to enjoy the city’s Old World charm by getting lost in the atmospheric Quartier Saint-Jean. You can find this medieval quarter just north of the cathedral, and it is filled with quiet little courtyards and narrow cobblestone lanes. Start around the Place Neuve Saint-Jean and the Rue du Boeuf. Make your way around the pedestrian streets of Rue des Trois Maries and Rue Saint-Jean.

Once you get to Place du Petit Collège, make sure to explore the Hôtel de Gadagne. This mansion (dating back to the 15th century) is home to two different museums: the Puppet Museum (Musée des Marionnettes du Monde) and the History Museum (Musée d’Histoire de Lyon).

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Find Out More About Spectacular Anacapri

AnacapriThe island of Capri consists of two main towns – Anacapri being the town located on an elevated plain while Capri is the one below it. The zigzag road here was built in the 19th century and it links the two towns together. According to some residents, there are villagers who have never visited their neighboring town, because the two are historic rivals. As you might imagine, the two have very different environments – Anacapri being on the rural side, while Capri is urbanized.

Anacapri rests under the inclined areas of the island’s peak – ‘Monte Solaro’. You can picture the town as a small, quiet town with quant roads. The surrounding countryside contains affordable accommodations and some very basic shopping options. Anacapri has a peaceful environment, with some interesting tourist spots and souvenir shops.

What to enjoy in Anacapri

Anacapri’s most attractive tourist spot is Villa San Michele. Swedish doctor Axel Munthe (1857-1949) was the one in charge of building this villa. During the summer, it is possible to visit here from 9 AM to 6 PM. However, it does close considerably earlier in winter. Be aware that the villa is not free to enter either. During the evenings, outside concerts take place at the villa during the summertime.

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