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Giverney: One of France’s Most Popular Spots

On a recent trip to France, I was finally going to see Monet’s house and gardens, one of the most popular tourist sites in France. Monet lived there for many years with his large family, and often entertained artists, who came to set up easels and sketch.  In fact, he is said to have started the…

Paris: Montmarte Walk, Not to Miss

I used to get the Montmarte and Montparnasse neighborhoods mixed up.  That is until we  took a Viator guided walk through Montmarte, the highest point of the city and directly behind the Sacre-Coeur.  Montparnasse is the Left Bank neighborhood below St. Germain de Pres. It’s hard to believe that until 1860 Montmarte was a small village…

Predators and prey in Kenyan and Tanzanian wild migration

A while ago, a fellow traveler and art lover told me that she had been to a number of culturally rich international cities, but that her trip of a lifetime was to Africa. “There’s nothing like sitting with your binoculars and watching wild animals cross the plain.” How boring, I thought. Why not just stay…

Croatia: Zagreb, Hip Yet Medieval Capital

  Zagreb, with a tram running through the central square, has a lower and upper section.   Standing in front of our hotel at the farther end of the square, I thought that Zagreb was a flat city. However, when we made our way a few blocks north,  we could see that there was an upper and…