In central France, the world famous and highly recognizable manor house Château de Chambord has just had a bit of an upgrade. The château’s gardens have recently been renovated and reopened to the public. This impressive home is certainly worth a visit — dare I say, the latest Must See feature? — if only to stroll through the manicured gardens and around the massive building.
Each month I try to highlight a Must See. Usually this means a city, location or museum that I have on my own travel bucket-list. This month I want to do things a little different. Visiting a true European Christmas Market is undeniably on my Must See list. But there’s so many! To select just one would be too difficult and not fair to all of the other wonderful ones. So instead this month’s Must See pulls together five Christmas Markets to put on your own Must See list.
Seemingly every fifth article published on the internet is a vague account of how “easy” it is to live your dream and move abroad. You know: quit your job, cash in your retirement savings, sell all your belongings. Then move abroad to live in varying degrees of comfort depending upon the location and your skill set. But long before these hipsters started blogs to detail their travels abroad, there was Olivia de Havilland. The actress has won two Academy Awards with an impressive five nominations in all. You might remember her as the mild mannered, big-hearted Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind. But in 1962 the actress published a book titled Every Frenchman Has One, detailing all about her adventures of living in Paris, France as an American.
To celebrate de Havilland’s 100th birthday, publishers re-released the book.
A friend of mine always teases me that St. Bartholomew’s Church in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria on the Königssee is merely a figment of my imagination. He attributes it to the pilgrimage church’s onion-shaped domes and picturesque location nestled on the lake and surrounded by the Alps. It is easy to understand where his joke is coming from. Others surely would identify King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein as a fantasy castle. Even Disney is said to have borrowed the castle as inspiration. And with its opera-themed rooms, it is a living, breathing poem to dreamers.
For me, however, the island Mont Saint-Michel earns the labels of fantastical and incredible. Located just over a third of a mile (only 600 meters) from land in Normandy, France, Mont Saint-Michel is cut off, part of the time, due to tide waters. It is like a castle rising from the water.