The Louvre Museum located in Paris, France was originally a palace built in the 12th and 13th centuries. The remnants of the palace are actually part of the museum display!
The Palace of Versailles was originally a hunting lodge in the quaint town of Versailles about 45 minutes outside if the city of Paris used by the kings of France. It’s most famous residents were King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette before the Revolution and their unfortunate end. The Palace itself was actually sadly in ruin and many of the magnificent belongings in ruin until John D. Rockefeller Jr visited on a family trip and visited…seeing the palace in disrepair he wrote a letter to France and sent a request for fund the rebuilding and restoration. Rockefeller essentially jump started the saving of this international historical gem and paid for the facades, roofs, gardens and gave millions to save it!
Nestled in the town of Giverny, France lies the home and garden of impressionist Claude Monet. One step inside and you can literally walk through Monet’s paintings and tiptoe through his famous waterlilies.
If you’re looking for a quaint hotel down the street from Monet’s Giverny look no further than Domaine De La Corniche. This lovely hotel is classically French, overlooking the Seine river with it’s picturesque views and quaint buildings
The best way to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mont Saint Michel is to stay overnight in one of the historic lodges on the island itself. By doing so, you’ll have the unique opportunity to see the island without tourists and explore the cobblestone walkways while they’re virtually empty at night! It makes an already magical visit even more magical. Come explore the whimsical hotel that is Hotel le Mouton Blanc.
Mont Saint Michel or The Mont as natives call it is located in the Normandy region of France. This magical abbey is located on an island and is an UNESCO world heritage site. I was 16 when I saw a glimpse of this beauty in my French class and it was then and there I decided that one day I would travel to France and while most girls dream of Paris it was The Mont I dreamed of.
Within the city of Amboise lies the adorable boutique hotel of Le Clos d’Amboise…..you’ll be welcomed into the 17th century home that has been converted into a hotel in the heart of the city within walking distant of the city center and market districts which is simply perfect for any guests of all ages.
Castle Chambord was originally built in 1519 under Francois the 1st as a hunting retreat and grew during the reign of many of the ruling Louis’s of the day. It’s a true wonder to see. You can find this gem in the Loire Valley of France among the many chateaus scattered throughout the region. Chateau Chambord is by far the best of the chateaus is the area and should be top of your list when picking which ones to see!
Parc Mini Chateaux or The Mini Castle Park is an adorable walk through park where castles throughout France have been shrunk down to mini sizes small enough for you to enjoy your fill for the day!
The Westin Vendome is located in the heart of Paris right across from the Louvre grounds and within walking distance of a wide variety of shops and dining. It’s the perfect location for stays with an Eiffel Tower view as well.