Eugene Fedorenko is Writing, Reading, and Traveling

France: Paris and Quiberon

From August 8th to August 18th, 2019

In August of 2019, we took our first trip to France. That was also our first family vacation in Europe in a long time, so picking a destination wasn’t easy. France and Italy were our top choices, but Paris ultimately won because of urbanism, food, modern art, and stories full of love for this country from our expat friends from there.

I booked our flights mid-May and started to plan our visit. We had about 10 days and wanted to split them between Paris and a quieter and calmer place to recharge after what was going to be a very busy summer. When we told friends that we’re planning a trip they generously offered us to stay in their summer house in a seaside resort town Quiberon in Brittany in western France. That seemed like a great destination for what we were looking for, so we decided to stay in Paris for 5 days, rent a car and take a road trip to Quiberon (527 km or 327 miles), relax and enjoy a beach for 3 days, then drive back to Paris with a stop at Chartres, and stay at the hotel next to the airport to take an early flight home next morning.

Paris, Part 1. Exploring the city

From August 8th to August 10th, 2019

The first 3 days in Paris — exploring neighborhoods, Louvre, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and Luxembourg Gardens.

Palace of Versailles

August 11th, 2019

A day trip to the Palace of Versailles. Exploring gardens and riding bicycles around the Grand Canal.

Paris, Part 2. Eiffel Tower

August 12th, 2019

Last day in Paris. Going to the top of the Eiffel Tower and meeting sunset over bridges.


From August 13th to August 16th, 2019

3 days in a seaside resort town Quiberon in Brittany. Exploring Côte Sauvage and Pointe du Conguel. Loads of seafood, crêpes, galettes, and cider.


August 17th, 2019

A quick stop to visit Chartres Cathedral on our way back.

Bonus: Iceland

August 18th, 2019

A few aerial photos from an unexpected layover in Iceland.