quarta-feira, 30 de julho de 2014

Caen – A Museum so we cannot forget

We continue our journey in Normandy to the town of Caen. Here we can find the Caen-Normandy Memorial, a museum with permanent exhibitions of the Disembark of the allies’ troops, as well as a narration of the Second World War.

20,000 inhabitants of Normandy were killed, that is a third of all French civilians killed during the Second World War. Towns were razed to the ground in mass bomb attacks, battles as fierce as those on the Eastern front raged, civilians underwent terrible suffering and many were evacuated, the German army fled and was pursued.

The Museum also has a Cold War exhibition, where we can see pop corn machine´s and a neon advert in the West, a single-frequency radio and a Communist Party card in the East… This is an impressionistic way of evoking the collision of two worlds, daily life and propaganda, but also protest and repression.

quarta-feira, 23 de julho de 2014

Honfleur – Fresh Seafood in the French way

Constructed around is port, is still today a port of fishing and marine. Birthplace of the famous painter Eugéne Boudim, one of the most important precursors of impressionism. Painters, writers and musicians find in this region inspiration to their artistic skills.

Today the place is filled with restaurants, with outside accommodations who invite you to taste a tasty fresh fish or seafood.

At the Saturday’s the local market at open air, has to offer a true experience of a gourmet picnic, where we can find easily cheeses with intense flavors and the local cider.

 In the city center we find Saint Catherine church, built in wood in 15th century, with ship builders. Is roof makes us compare it with the hull of a ship turned upside down.

quinta-feira, 10 de julho de 2014

Disneyland Paris – Wonder for all ages

Situated at 32 km (20 miles) from the center of Paris, this entertainment resort is the most visited attraction of all France and Europe.

Composed by 2 theme parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, which one with a different concept of an amusement park, from classical to adventurous roller-coasters.

The Sleeping Beauty Castle in the center of the Disneyland Park is an inspiration from Neuschwanstein Castle, in the south of Germany. A place of wonder, even for the grown-ups.

quarta-feira, 2 de julho de 2014

Palace of Versailles, a journey to a different Era

This palace at 20 km from Paris center, was at the beginning a hunting lodge for the royalty. Then Louis XIV expanded the palace to one of the largest in the world.

 This building is the symbol of absolute monarchy, the opulently and the richness of the details in the interior and exterior of the palace make us travel in to a different Era.

Meticulous manicured lawns, flowers, and sculptures can be seen just like they were treated in Louis XIV Era. The gardens extend for 800 hectares. The ticket price for one entry On the palace is 18€.