The semi-circular colonnade and bronze statue are reflected in a still pool at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer

Visiting Normandy – 70 Years after D-Day

This year marks a significant anniversary in world history; seventy years ago Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, and changed the tides of World War II. It was June 6, 1944 when Canadian, American, a...
Each year 500,000 visitors walk the central path of Monet's Clos Normand flower garden Credit: All photos by Julie Kalan

Impressions of Normandy

After years of seeing reproductions of Monet’s work on the waiting room walls at doctor’s offices, I had developed a kind of Pavlovian response to the images. The very sight of water lilies made me bored, impat...
Place Massena, Nice's large square is rimmed by red ochre buildings and features a grey and black checkered pavement. Credit: Julie Kalan

Wouldn’t It Be Nice

Like sparkling gem on a golden necklace, beautiful cities line the Côte d’Azur. The center jewel of this Tiffany-box coastline is France’s fifth largest city, Nice A Nice Walk After grabbing a chocolate cro...
The picture perfect western and southern fronts of Carcassonne

Carcassonne – part fortress, part fairy tale

Framed by a clear, blue sky and bathed in the glowing mid-morning sun, the fortified town of Carcassonne evokes a scene from the pages of a pop-up storybook. The town itself lies hidden behind two concentric st...
Mont Saint Michel

The Heavenly Heights of Mont Saint Michel

At the foot of the abbey, this peaceful lane follows the contours of the mount. Credit: Julie Kalan “Mont Saint Michel is to France what the Great Pyramid is to Egypt.” - Victor Hugo, January 1884 Rising a...
The Champs-Elysées crowned by the Arc de Triomphe

Paris – Oo La La, C’est Magnifique

Paris is a city of love and romance, the capital of haute couture and a bastion of gastronomic delights. Magnificent sights, countless museums, grand boulevards, immaculate gardens, intriguing cafés and some of...