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Fête des Lumières lyon

Lyon’s Most Colorful Event - Fête des Lumières

Posted on 07. Jan, 2013 by .

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I’d heard about the Fête des Lumières from several French friends throughout the year - according to them, it was a must-see that I wouldn’t regret traveling 2.5 hours to get to. Good enough, I said. I never need an excuse to attend a great festival anyway! Cue December 8th, 2012. Wearing just about every layer [...]

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Must-Do Experiences in France

Tips for visiting the Mont Saint-Michel

Posted on 28. Nov, 2012 by .

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I already wrote about how the Mont Saint-Michel was usually the kind of place you dream about, or read about - but never actually set foot there. But one of the advantage of being an expat in France is how easy it is to drive to the other side of the country, i.e. Normandy, during [...]

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The Chateau d’If, France - In Photos

Posted on 19. Nov, 2012 by .

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If there’s one thing you must do in Marseille, it’s to get out of Marseille. I wasn’t a big fan of the city: I would consider staying in Marseille only to explore villages and islands around it - not the actual city! One of the best ways to escape the city is to hop on a [...]

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The majestic, monumental, magnificent Mont Saint-Michel

Posted on 14. Nov, 2012 by .

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To me, the Mont-Saint-Michel was the kind of place that you read about in history books, that you see on television. You know, the kind of place you hear so much about but somehow seem unattainable, if only in dreams?  But since I’m such a big fan of roadtrips, I decided that the annual French [...]

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The Millau Viaduct, France - In Photos

Posted on 05. Nov, 2012 by .

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Pretty impressive, right? The Millau Viaduct is not just any impressive bridge - it’s the highest one in the world, standing proud at 270 meters, with the highest mast at 343 meters. Meaning that it’s even taller than the Eiffel Tower! Crossing the mighty Tarn river, it was completed in just over three years at [...]

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Visiting the Monet Gardens in Giverny

Posted on 31. Oct, 2012 by .

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During my research on the Normandy roadtrip I was planning, I was searching for interesting things to do between Paris and the coast, in order to give my pilot some well-deserved rest. That’s when I clicked - aren’t the famous Monet gardens in the area? I was really excited to visit what is perhaps the [...]

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The sunsets of Deauville - In Photos

Posted on 22. Oct, 2012 by .

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I only stopped in Deauville to refuel. Both the car, and my stomach, I mean. When you spend a week in Normandy for the first time, Deauville isn’t on top of your priorities. But then I saw this. It actually started raining while I was watching the sunset. I LOVE those moments where you can’t [...]

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féria de nimes

The Amazing Féria de Nimes

Posted on 15. Oct, 2012 by .

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I had a brief stop in Nîmes earlier this year when I got back from Catalunya. Short stop but long enough for me to grab a sandwich and chat with the waitress. “- So what should I come to Nîmes for, if not the train station? - Oh you shoud come back for the Féria [...]

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A nice night in Nice - In Photos

Posted on 12. Oct, 2012 by .

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Pun very much intended. It was way too obvious to be avoided! What wasn’t obvious, however, is how much I would love Nice. It was my second time in the city, and I remember liking it, but it wasn’t in my favorite places in Europe, that’s for sure. Now, I don’t think I could leave [...]

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Top Things To Do In Cantal

Posted on 07. Sep, 2012 by .

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During my four days in Cantal, I’ve had the chance to experience all sorts of great things. Massages, great food, cute B&Bs, splendid scenery and more. Here’s a map that lists what to do in Cantal, in my humble opinion. And that’s only a handful - there are in fact so many things to do [...]

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A weekend in Cantal - In Photos

Posted on 05. Sep, 2012 by .

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To wrap up this series on my press trip in Cantal, I couldn’t think of a better solution than a photo essay. Not because I don’t have anything to say about Cantal. I do. In fact I always have something to say, about pretty much everything. Ask my husband! But somehow I feel like no words [...]

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Hotel Legend Paris

Where to stay in Paris: Hotel Legend

Posted on 01. Sep, 2012 by .

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When the Elegancia Group offered to host me during my last trip to Paris, I knew I was in for a treat. My previous experiences with them only proved to be fantastic. This time, I was at the Hotel Legend. And I think I have a new favorite. Hotel Legend Paris: The Location View Larger [...]

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Where to stay in Salers: Hotel Saluces

Posted on 25. Aug, 2012 by .

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If only all towns were as cute as Salers, and all hotels were as amazing as Hotel Saluces, then travel would never be a bad surprise. The setting is hard to beat - a medieval village, perfectly kept medieval burg in the middle of Cantal, boasting incredible architecture and breathtaking scenery. Yes, the overload of superlatives [...]

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Where to stay in Cantal: Hotel Beau Site Garabit

Posted on 24. Aug, 2012 by .

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When I was on my trip with Atout France through Cantal, I was particularly looking forward to seeing the famous Viaduc de Garabit up close. I’d seen it countless times driving up the A75, but it was always in the distance. And well, you can’t get much closer to it than at Hotel Beau Site [...]

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Where to stay in Cantal: Auberge de Concasty

Posted on 02. Aug, 2012 by .

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During my recent trip in Cantal, I had the chance to stay at the beautiful Auberge de Concasty in Boisset. Just as I am not a big fan of hostels, I was never a big fan of B&Bs either. I am NOT a ray of sunshine in the morning, and can barely put two sentences [...]

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