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Getting Lost in the Louvre

The staircase leading from Cour Marly to Napoleon III's apartments

You would think that on my third visit to the Louvre in as many years, I would know my way around, right? Wrong!

While the aim of this visit was to see the apartments of Napoleon III, I ended up walking around the same halls and corridors and seeing the same exhibitions that I had on my previous visits, and no matter what I tried, I couldn’t find a way to escape them.

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A View Over Paris: From The Towers of Notre-Dame

The Chimera Gallery

Staring up at the tower of Notre-Dame de Paris, you think of the bell ringer. The hunchback. Quasimodo. Victor Hugo’s novel Notre-Dame de Paris and its protagonist Quasimodo, the “Hunchback of Notre-Dame” helped to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining significant medieval buildings and in 1845 brought about a restoration effort by Viollet-le-Duc to revive the neglected cathedral. Ever since, climbing the towers of Notre-Dame has been a must-do for visitors to Paris.

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A View Over Paris: From Montparnasse Tower

The Eiffel Tower sparkles

The French writer Guy de Maupassant reputedly said that the best view of Paris was from the Eiffel Tower, because he could look out over Paris and not have to see the tower itself. Many people hold the same view of Montparnasse Tower (Tour Montparnasse) – the sleek black skyscraper, that looks out of place amongst the older buildings of Paris. The truth is that they’re right: the best views of Paris can be seen here.

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A View Over Paris: From Montmartre

The view over Montmartre

As I found a spot among the people in front of the Sacré-Cœur already admiring the view, umbrellas in one hand and cameras in the other,  I looked out over Paris and felt a bit underwhelmed.

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Sound and Light Show at Château de Blois

The Sound and Light Show at Château de Blois

Sometimes it’s the things you stumble upon while travelling that make for the most memorable experiences. The Sound and Light Show at the Château de Blois was one of them. We had no plans to visit the Château de Blois. However, we found a flyer advertising the Son et Lumière de Château de Blois – a sound and light show at the castle. And it looked awesome.

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Why I Enjoyed Staying In Blois While Visiting The Loire Valley

The Francois I Wing of the Château de Blois

When planning to visit France, I knew I wanted to visit the Loire Valley. The only problem was where should I stay?

I had narrowed the choice down to two locations: the popular Tours, which seemed to be the hub of the Loire Valley, or the town of Blois.

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Charlottenburg Palace: My Favourite Place in Berlin

Charlottenburg Palace

When I need a break from travelling and want to relax for a while in Berlin, I head to the gardens of Charlottenburg Palace. Named after Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Frederick the Great and the first queen of Prussia, the baroque palace was constructed in 1699 and is the largest palace in Berlin.

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Tell Me A Fable: Fairytales, Fortresses and Forests in Göttingen

The Little Goose Girl

You’re a character in your favourite fairytale. You trip through the powdery snow, passing glassy lakes where swans glide and witches cackle as they fly overhead. You dart through snow-capped pine trees, past gingerbread houses, old mills and fortresses, to your home – your very own castle. For a fairytale setting like this, you could use your imagination. Or you could live it for real.

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The Wartburg: Thieves, Saints and Legends

The Wartburg

The Wartburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and if its walls could speak they would draw their tales from hundreds of years of history and talk of people who passed through the Wartburg from Saint Elisabeth, to Wagner and Goethe, to Martin Luther. From spurious beginnings, the castle has been added to throughout the centuries, and was much admired by King Ludwig II, who took influences from the Wartburg to design Neuschwanstein Castle.

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Linderhof Palace: Ludwig’s Country Escape

The gardens at Linderhof Palace

I didn’t know much about Linderhof Palace before I went there. It was not on my list of must-see castles, and although it was one of King Ludwig II’s castles, I had heard more about Chiemsee, Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein. Linderhof Palace was a mystery.

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