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Monday’s Postcard: Clermont-Ferrand, France

Posted on 06. Feb, 2012 by .

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With the slightly freezing weather Europe is going through right now comes the usual joys of winter: snow, ice, windchill, wet socks and teeth clatter. And Auvergne is no exception! There has been snow in Clermont-Ferrand for about a week now, and the Canadian in me could not be more thrilled (although I wish I [...]

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Clermont-Ferrand’s Famous Film Festival

Posted on 01. Feb, 2012 by .

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When I learned that I moving to Clermont-Ferrand, one of the first things I checked is the cultural scene - I love myself a good festival! I was pleasantly surprised to learn that every January, the city is host to the most important short film festival in the world, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival. The festival is [...]

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Monday’s Postcard: Somewhere Over Paris

Posted on 23. Jan, 2012 by .

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I just got back to my French home earlier this week, and even though it’s never easy to leave Montreal, I’m quite happy to be back. So many exciting things are coming up in the next few months, including an amazing press trip in Catalonia, a PR trip to London and much more! So in [...]

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Must-Do Experiences in France

Monday’s Postcard: Mont Blanc, France

Posted on 09. Jan, 2012 by .

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Remember that time when I went up Aiguille du Midi? I’ve been attracted to the Alps ever since. Like, obsessed. Despite my lack of talent in any form of winter sports (hard to believe I’m Canadian, eh?), I desperately want to go back and enjoy the Alps some more. But the thing is, I don’t [...]

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Food Odyssey in La Rochelle

Posted on 26. Dec, 2011 by .

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Earlier this year, I hopped on the car for my first trip away from my new European base. I had no idea what to expect from La Rochelle and I was definitely pleasantly surprised, especially my palate. Because the food in La Rochelle… oh my. I was not prepared for that! It all started after [...]

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The Loire Valley Castles, a Photo Essay

Posted on 19. Dec, 2011 by .

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Visiting and taking photos of the Loire Valley Castles was kind of a big thing for me - not only did I cross off yet another item off of my bucket list, but also because there are things you just have to have photos of. And few things are quite as iconic as these French [...]

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The Wonders of Chambord Castle

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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Visiting the Loire Valley Castles was always a major point in my bucket list - and the beautiful, intriguing architecture of Chambord Castle had definitely tickled my fancy. It’s the largest and most impressive one of the lot. Originally built in the 16th century as a hunting lodge for King François the 1st (we definitely do not [...]

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My Beautiful Auvergne, a Photo Essay

Posted on 30. Nov, 2011 by .

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After living in Auvergne for a few months (and learning more about the French culture), I have come to look back on the many little places I discovered during the sunny days of summer and fall. While the region is often overlooked by tourist, I can’t stress enough how worthwhile and amazing it is, and [...]

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Driving Through Parc des Cévennes

Posted on 23. Nov, 2011 by .

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When it comes to outstanding natural sights (among other things), France is pretty high on the list of amazing places. Whether you opt for the dramatic Mediteranean coast or the volcanoes of Auvergne, there’s something for everyone, including Parc des Cévennes. It only became popular a few years ago after the construction of the A75 highway, [...]

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The Ups and Downs of Living in France

Posted on 21. Nov, 2011 by .

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While I did notice several French traits over the year, after living here for a few months I think I made up my mind about the country. Things are not always shiny, nor do they always suck - but living in France definitely requires some adjustments. What I Like About Living in France… The cheap [...]

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Challenging My Willpower at the Chocolate Festival of Clermont-Ferrand

Posted on 09. Nov, 2011 by .

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While Clermont-Ferrand is usually not very high on any traveler’s bucket list (unless you’re an avid trekker), living in the city is far from boring. There is always something going on, whether it’s the famous Short Film Festival or the Jazz en Tête festival. But the event that definitely got my attention a while ago is the Chocolate Festival [...]

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France’s Smartest Invention: le Café Gourmand

Posted on 07. Nov, 2011 by .

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Forget the Millau Viaduct. Hot-air balloons. Pétanque. Braille system. Those are all great French inventions and realizations, but if I set my priorities straight, what can possibly be better than a dessert tasting on demand? Café gourmand is, hands down, the smartest thing the French ever thought of. How does it work? The concept is fairly simple, [...]

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Yummy Alsatian Delicacies

Posted on 02. Nov, 2011 by .

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France is well known for its high culinary standards and variety - and Alsace food is no exception. Its history is tinted with both French and German heritage, creating a very rich mix of flavors, for the pleasure of our taste buds. Most meals out happen at the closest winstub (the Alsatian equivalent of British [...]

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Going All the Way Up the Mont Blanc - Highest Peak of the Alps!

Posted on 24. Oct, 2011 by .

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After completing my trip around Lake Leman and eyeing the Alps from afar for a few days, I decided to face the highest peak in Western Europe upclose, also known as the 4800 meters mountainous monster.  Yes folks, I was going up the Mont Blanc!  But first, I wanted to visit the small village located at the feet of the [...]

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World War II in Europe – Key Locations

Posted on 21. Oct, 2011 by .

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When most people think of Europe, they think of its long, agitated history. Kings and queens, wars and battles. It consequently doesn’t come as a surprise that the continent would be pretty high on any history buff’s bucket list. However, very few events gathered as much attention as World War II did, and still does, [...]

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