Chateau d’If in Southern France: A Visitor’s Guide

Chateau d’If in Southern France: A Visitor’s Guide

Europe
Chateau d'If is an isolated fortress built on a rocky island off the coast of Marseille in southern France. However, it's more than just a fortress - It's the prison where Edmond Dant├Ęs was held captive in the book, The Count of Monte Cristo. The island fortress is open for tours year-round, offering visitors the chance to explore the prison and get some amazing views of Marseille. Here's your guide to visiting Chateau d'If (pronounced 'shatoe deef'). History of Chateau d'If The fortress was built on the island of If in the early 1500s. It was intended to offer military protection to the city of Marseille should it ever be attacked. Chateau d'If has three levels, with windows for archers and guns. By the 1800s, it was determined there was…
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Eiffel Tower: A Visitor’s Guide

Eiffel Tower: A Visitor’s Guide

By State, Europe
The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks. A visit to France is incomplete without at least seeing the Eiffel Tower. But if you want a great view of Paris, you'll want to head up the tower and see the city. Despite the copy-cat Eiffel Towers that spot the globe, like the one in Las Vegas, the one in Paris stands proudly as "La Dame de Fer" (the Iron Lady). Here's what you need to know if you plan to visit the Eiffel Tower from the ground up. Explore the Esplanade Under the Eiffel Tower Ground level is where it all begins. Park Champ de Mars stretches southeast from the Eiffel Tower, making it a fabulous place to grab a selfie at the iconic landmark. As you…
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International Travel: 7 Things You Should Know Before You Leave Home

International Travel: 7 Things You Should Know Before You Leave Home

Europe, International Travel, Mexico, Travel Tips
Planning a vacation out of the country can be stressful. There are a lot of questions about passports, electricity, money, safety and more. I've traveled to France, Czech Republic, Mexico and Canada. With international travel, I learn a little more each time I head abroad. I've compiled a list of a few things you need to think about before you travel abroad. Passport, Visas and More International travel is synonymous with a passport, but there are a few things you may not have thought about. If your passport expires within six months of traveling abroad, get a new one beforehand. You may encounter issues at the airport or in your destination country if your passport expiration date is too close to your travel itinerary. It's better to be safe than…
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10 Best Things to do in Prague

10 Best Things to do in Prague

Europe
Prague is a beautiful city. During World War II, Prague was spared from the bombings that plagued most of Europe, leaving centuries-old buildings in tact. There's history, culture and shopping throughout the city. Here are 10 things you must do when you visit Prague, Czech Republic. Explore Old Town Square The open plaza and roadways leading into the Old Town Square are worth exploring. Two of the most notable sites of the square include the spires of the Church of Our Lady before Tyn and the astronomical clock. The Gothic edifice of Church of Our Lady before Tyn is from the 14th century and was built to provide church services to residents of the town. You may notice the south tower is slightly larger than the north tower. Travel guides…
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