Archive for May, 2012

Hanging out by the Eiffel Tower at night

Posted on 30. May, 2012 by .

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  Sometimes, travel is all about the simplest things. Maybe even the touristy ones. Because really, it doesn’t get more touristy than the Eiffel Tower at night. But still - it’s the kind of thing you have to see at least once in your lifetime, if not several times after that. If so many people [...]

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The Heights of Paris, a Photo Essay

Posted on 28. May, 2012 by .

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I have sort of a love/hate relationship with Paris. While my first three visits were pretty much disasters, the last two were a lot better, and even made me admit what everybody else knew already: Paris is a pretty awesome place. I decided [...]

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Yup. Definitely a City Girl.

Posted on 25. May, 2012 by .

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Over the last few months I’ve started to notice something. It’s subtle, and takes a good dose of observation, but it’s there. Small towns are slowly, but very , killing me. There is no further doubt in my mind that I am a city girl at heart. I’ve talked about this a little bit on [...]

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The Palace of Versailles, the Most Infuriating Place on Earth?

Posted on 23. May, 2012 by .

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Let’s start off by stating this, loud and clear: I am NOT a people person. About 7 billion people on this planet, and I can only tolerate 30 of them. And not at the same time. So whenever I know I’ll be in a mingling situation, or an overcrowding one, I really have to put [...]

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Where to stay in Paris: Wilson Opera Hotel

Posted on 23. May, 2012 by .

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During my recent stay in Paris, I had the chance to be invited by Elegancia Hotels at one of their best hotels, the Wilson Opera Hotel. After my stay at the Seven Hotel in February, I was giddy with excitement to experience another amazing hotel. Located in très chic 8e arrondissement of Paris, it’s a stone [...]

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What to do in Clermont-Ferrand: My Personal Favorites

Posted on 16. May, 2012 by .

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After a year living as an expat in Clermont-Ferrand, and despite the daily challenges it implies, I find myself loving the feeling of having a selection of places I already like - knowing exactly what to expect, and that I will have a good time, no matter what. Whether it’s shopping, drinking, hanging out or [...]

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A Year in France

Posted on 14. May, 2012 by .

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Apparently, it’s May 14th today. The calendar tells me I’ve been in France for a year now. Has a full year really gone by since I left Montreal? Sometimes I feel like I’ve been there much shorter than that, sometimes much longer. I’m a bit ambivalent when it comes to picking a side to this [...]

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A Very Rainy Afternoon in Saint-Émilion

Posted on 11. May, 2012 by .

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You know how I said it was rainy in Bordeaux? Well, I take that back. Bordeaux was gorgeous, and the weather was almost fabulous. A light drizzle, really. Saint-Émilion, on the other hand, was a total mess. Heavy downpour and thick fog do NOT make for a great day out. Have you ever tried to operate [...]

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A Rainy Day in Bordeaux, a Photo Essay

Posted on 09. May, 2012 by .

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If you’ve been in Europe for the last couple of weeks, you’ve noticed one thing: weather is sh*t. It’s been overcast and rainy for the better part of the last two months, and honestly I wonder what the hell I’m doing in France with piss-poor weather when I could get the same exact thing in [...]

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Monday’s Postcard: the French elections at La Bastille, Paris

Posted on 07. May, 2012 by .

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Have you watched the French elections? Do you think it’s going to influence the Euro zone in a big way? Have you ever participated in a political event abroad?

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Smelling the Ocean Breeze at Dune du Pilat

Posted on 05. May, 2012 by .

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If there is one thing I can’t resist in life (well, except chocolate, kittens, Swedish men and The Strokes… you know), it’s the ocean call. Whenever I find myself remotely close to it, forces beyond my control set in motion and draw me to it, and I honestly have very little willpower. Even though I [...]

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The Villas of Arcachon

Posted on 02. May, 2012 by .

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All of you GPS owners will know what I’m talking about. These small, handy devices seem have the best intentions - but sometimes, they are so intent on taking us on a completely nonsense journey, for the sake of saving a few minutes. Why stick to boulevards when you can take a residential street? But [...]

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