Spending an afternoon in an art museum is not my idea of a good time. While traveling I would prefer to be outside enjoying nature, devouring some great local food, wandering around small villages or large cities admiring the architecture or just people watching. Rarely do I love to be stuck inside a crowded museum looking at boring art. Art which I cannot for the life of me figure out why it is important or worthy of paying to see. Paris is full of art museums. Nearly 50. Many of which, for me, would be torture to have to visit. However, Paris does have three excellent ones that anyone would enjoy. Even if you could not tell me who painted the Mona Lisa.
Home of grand and impressive castles, spectacular cliffs, historical WWII monuments, a city built on a rock off the coast, picturesque gardens, and breathtaking cathedrals: Northern France is a must visit! This region has so much to offer and so much great food to enjoy. We spent a week driving around Normandy and Loire Valley before settling in Paris for another 5 days.
The fairy-tale châteaux of the Loire Valley were built during the Renaissance era and stretch between the cities Orléans and Angers along the Loire river or its tributaries. These impressive castles are a must visit when exploring Northern France. Nowhere else in the world is there such an ensemble of majestic monuments of fortune and history. Overwhelming is an understatement when describing these castles. Here is our list of the 5 most beautiful Loire Valley châteaux.