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Autumn In and Around the Alps, a Photo Essay

Posted on 19. Oct, 2011 by .

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Ahhh, autumn. It’s always been my favorite season of the year, way above spring flowers, summer drinks and in my case, snow shovel in winter. I don’t know if it’s the taste of apple crumble, the sounds of the leaves under my feet, the romantic afternoon light, the cozy scarves…  but mixed with the dramatic [...]

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Monday’s Postcard: Ile-de-Ré, France

Posted on 03. Oct, 2011 by .

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I visited La Rochelle and Ile-de-Ré earlier this year and even though I didn’t have high expectations, I was pleasantly surprised by both the laid-back attitude of the region and the luxuriant nature in and around the islands. This poppy field near the Abbaye des Châteliers ruins, on Ile-de-Ré, was simply too beautiful not to [...]

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Discovering the Vallieres village in France - my village!

Posted on 22. Sep, 2011 by .

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Being from French descent, I knew there would be some sign of my Vallieres ancestors somewhere in France (yes, I am aware that for most people, it almost sounds like a hispanic name because of the silent “s” at the end, but it’s actually pronounced “val-e-air”. Free French lesson for ‘ya!). During my trip to La [...]

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Hiking Volcanoes in Auvergne: My Experience

Posted on 17. Sep, 2011 by .

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Hiking a volcano wasn’t exactly part of my French tourism plan. Somehow my mind and body never got along very well, and anything that involves just the slightest amount of coordination is more often than not a very bad idea. Being outdoors and staying active, I enjoy - making a fool of myself by landing [...]

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Alsace Roadtrip: an Itinerary

Posted on 15. Sep, 2011 by .

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Plannning an Alsace roadtrip was always a dream of mine (and I was glad to cross it off my my bucket list). I am a big fan of dry white wine and 15th century architecture and trust me, it doesn’t get any better than this for both of these things. Culturally sandwiched between France and Germany, [...]

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3 Daytrips from Annecy

Posted on 01. Sep, 2011 by .

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While Annecy is certainly a must if you are visiting the Haute-Savoie region, it is however small enough to be wrapped in a day - but that doesn’t mean you should move on to another place just yet. Annecy offers many interesting possible daytrips destinations reachable in less than an hour’s drive, three of which I [...]

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Monday’s Postcard: Strasbourg, France

Posted on 29. Aug, 2011 by .

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There are few places like this in the word. Places that remain untouched, perfectly preserved, very postcard-ish. Well, Strasbourg is one of these places, and I was lucky enough to visit during my Alsace roadtrip. Most of the buildings in the Petite France neighborhood date as far back as the 15th century, making for a [...]

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Vichy, the French capital of relaxation

Posted on 10. Aug, 2011 by .

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Vichy spas are, to say the least, abundant.Very few cities in the world can boast being a spa capital - and luckily for me, Vichy is one of them. Located in the beautiful Auvergne region, it is easily reachable by train from Paris, Clermont-Ferrand and Lyon, which only makes it even easier to add to [...]

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10 Little Known Facts About France

Posted on 19. Jul, 2011 by .

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Now that I have been living in France for a while, I have started to notice some interesting facts about France that make the French so… French. Want to know what I found out? Read on. 1.  No tipping Service is included in all restaurant bills. While it does feel weird to leave nothing on [...]

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Monday’s Postcard: Nice, France

Posted on 18. Jul, 2011 by .

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Nice is believed to be the oldest human settlement in all of Europe, back when the city was called Nikaia (Goddess of Victory). You can’t say that I’ve never taught you anything, eh! Very popular with the English bourgeoisie in the 18th century (as per the lavish houses we can see today),  Nice has always been a [...]

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A Long Weekend in Paris On a Budget

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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Planning a weekend in Paris on a budget is not simple task, and I had to face it a few weeks ago. My fiancé and I had to visit the Canadian embassy for paperwork and we didn’t want to spend a fortune on a trip we hadn’t even considered taking. Fed up with hostels but [...]

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Ile de Ré, an Ideal Daytrip from La Rochelle

Posted on 10. Jun, 2011 by .

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When I planned my trip for La Rochelle, I made sure to keep some time for the lovely Ile de Ré, which I only heard great things about. The peaceful island is linked to La Rochelle by a pretty impressive 3 kilometers long bridge, which costs 9 euros to cross (but trust me, I have [...]

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A Long Week-End in La Rochelle

Posted on 08. Jun, 2011 by .

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While there are many things I would happily whine about in France, holidays are certainly not one of them - they get over 10 public holidays per year (plus the mandatory 5 weeks of vacation), which pretty much makes the North-American workaholic in me go on a travel frenzy… Ideal for a long weekend in [...]

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Visiting the Plateau de Gergovie in Auvergne

Posted on 25. May, 2011 by .

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On a fairly hot spring day, my friends and I decided to escape the city and head to the countryside. Luckily for us, not too far utside Clermont-Ferrand stands the Plateau de Gergovie, which is the place where Vercingétorix (say that 10 times fast) defeated the army of Jules Cesar in 52 b.c. Impressive, eh? [...]

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France: The Bucket List

Posted on 23. May, 2011 by .

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Now that I have recently moved to France, I have had the time to go through my guidebook and pretty much highlight everything remotely cute and write notes in every section. Not that it would not be great to write down everything I want to visit, but for your sake, I summed it up and [...]

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