Reims, France: Touring the Caves at Maison Vranken Pommery

At Vranken Pommery, the artwork found throughout the caves is just as much on display as the racks of champagne bottles lining the walls and filling the storage rooms.The estate was built in 1868 to represent modernity and extravagance,  images that remain clearly visible throughout the property today. Upon descending the 116 steps into the […]

Paris’ Last Two Windmills

Of thirteen original windmills that used to be situated on the hills of Monmartre during the 16th century, only two remain standing today, Moulin de la Galette (originally named Blute-fin) and Moulin Radet, collectively known as Moulin de la Galette. The older of the two, Moulin de la Galette was built in 1622 and was […]

Bridgeport Connecticut’s Historic Bijou Theatre Renaissance

As the oldest surviving movie house in the country, the revival of the Bijou Theatre brings a unique attraction to downtown Bridgeport.  First opening as a silent movie house and venue for vaudeville acts in 1910, the theatre continued to operate under the names the Rivoli and Studio Cinema, as it changed owners over the […]

Connecticut: Visiting New England’s Colonial History at Essex’s Griswold Inn

Situated on Main Street in the center of historic Essex Village along the banks of the Connecticut River is the Griswold Inn. Familiarly referred to as ‘The Gris,’ the inn is the oldest continually operating inn in the State of Connecticut. Built as an inn in 1776, today, ‘The Gris’ offers 33 rooms, each different […]

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