The Ile de France (or “Island of France”) is one of the twenty-six regions of France and encompasses Paris, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Saint-Denis, Marne-la-Vallée and Disneyland. Most of the Paris metropolitan region is situated in this district and 11.7 million residents live in this populous area. To put things into perspective, there are more inhabitants in this location Paris region than there are in all of Austria, Belgium, Greece, Portugal or Sweden! The only European regions that house more people are England/UK, Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria.
The best way to scour a new city you’ve never been to is by taking a motor coach tour of all the different monuments and neighborhoods. While on one of the Rome tours, for instance, you’ll get to see the Colosseum, the Vatican and everything in between. You may not be able to spend as much time as you’d like on every stop, but you’ll get a great idea on where you’d want to double-back to later. You can also make a mental map of where different places are located, peek at restaurant menus and learn exciting trivia about your surroundings. Surely, if you’re traveling from America to Paris, London and Rome, you’ll want to hook up with a travel agency that can iron out all these details for you.
Visiting the Louvre Paris France is an unforgettable portion of a French vacation. As the second-largest collection of art in the world, the Louvre sees more than 8.5 million visitors each year. The museum was built as a palace for French kings in the 12th-century and first opened to the public in August 1783, with 537 paintings. During Napoleon I’s reign, many pieces of Dutch, Spanish and Austrian works were added to the collection. Another 135 pieces were added during the reign of Louis XVIII and Charles X. Napoleon Bonaparte added another 20,000 pieces to the collection from the 1850s to 1870s. During World War II, museum curators feared Nazi pillaging, so almost every piece of art was moved from location Paris to the French countryside to hide with manors and caretakers until the war was over.
Key facts about this holiday:
This year’s fall equinox happens on 23rd September
Japan celebrates Fall Equinox as a public holiday.
“Flat Stanley” is a character in a book series. After getting bumped on the head, Stanley becomes perfectly flat. He finds out that being flat has it’s advantages: he can slip under doors and he can fold himself up to go on great vacations via the mail system!
During the summer, many families make a trip to the beach. A day at the beach can be a stressful event, especially if you have young children. Here are some tips to help make your day more relaxing! (more…)
This weekend, Memorial Day weekend, is the unofficial start of summer in the United States. Memorial Day weekend is also a time to remember those who have sacrificed for our country, and kick back and relax.
My family is going to Missouri next month to visit my parents, and we’ll be spending a cople days in Branson. I can’t tell you the number of people who’ve said to me, “Oh, I don’t like country music.” when I’ve told them about our plans. I’ve been there in the past, and I can tell you that you don’t have to care for country at all in order to have a ball in Branson. There so much for everyone, you’ll surely find something fun to enjoy. Here are some highlights. (more…)
Virginia Beach, Virginia, is touted on the Eastern seaboard of the United States as a family friendly beach. If you are looking for fun, inexpensive vacation ideas for your family this summer, you may want to consider a trip to the area.
No visit to Rome could be considered complete without seeing at least a few of its many famed fountains, outdoor sculpture at its finest. The fountains of Rome have an ancient and glorious history. Examples range from the Eternal City’s glory days in the 1st century AD to its even more glorious days during the Renaissance to the 18th century and beyond.
Spring break is almost upon us. Many families like to take advantage of the extended school break to travel or visit out of state relatives. Traveling with children can be an expensive proposition though. How do you travel inexpensively with children? (more…)
If you are wondering what’s going on … effective April 1, 2009 we will be combining all “And You Will” series of blogs (the subdomains of http://AndYouWill.com) into this main blog for all time and existence!