A masterpiece of industrial architecture on the left bank of the Seine, this grand railway station was constructed for the 1900 World Fair. In 1977 the French Government decided to convert the station into a museum that opened in December, 1986. The museum presents mostly French art from 1848 to 1914 in a particularly intimate manner.
Originally a fortress built in the 12th century by Philip Augustus, King of France, it was demolished in 1527 to make way for a Renaissance style residence. It fell into disuse following the completion of the Palace of Versailles. The Louvre opened its doors on August 10, 1793 with an exhibit of more than 500 paintings.
I was completely awestruck by the majestic beauty of St. Chapelle. Our visit coincided with the late afternoon sun streaming through the wrap around stained glass.
Our Airbnb host recommended this pastry shop when we arrived in Barcelona. Located just a few blocks from our apartment, it offered a gorgeous array of taste treats!
When more than a few friends say this place has the best hot chocolate they’ve ever had, it becomes a “must do”! How can a simple hot chocolate be so stellar that it warrants rave reviews?
This spectacular public market (formally known as Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria) has been operating here since the 17th century. Then, as now, it showcases the freshest products from local farmers, butchers, and fisherman. Take a seat at one of the many bars and restaurants in the market to sample some of the best of Barcelona!