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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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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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Exploring Tours, the Loire Valley Capital

Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 by .

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Tours was only supposed to be a dinner and a nap, initially. A brief stopover on my way to explore more gorgeous Loire Valley Castles. But as I made my way into the city after visiting Azay-le-Rideau, I quickly realized that despite putting all my resources in planning a realistic and interesting roadtrip focused on [...]

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Traveling in France - My Personal Tips

Posted on 27. Apr, 2012 by .

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After spending almost a year living in and gallivanting around France, I have come to learn a few things - some of them the hard way. Whether it’s when I had to fork over 30 euros for having the privilege to park in Paris, or when I was involved in a car accident, there are definitely things everyone [...]

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Monday’s Postcard: Chaîne des Puys, France

Posted on 23. Apr, 2012 by .

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Not so long ago, Auvergne was covered in a delicate white blanket, for the enjoyment of the winter sports amateurs. Spring came, did its job and took the snow away, but the last few weeks have been abnormally cold - so much in fact that the snow is back on the pointy peaks. On my [...]

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Keukenhof Gardens Is For (Macro) Lovers, a Photo Essay

Posted on 18. Apr, 2012 by .

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My daytrip at the Keukenhof Gardens, a mere 3 years ago, was absolutely perfect. The sun was out, shiny and warm, the drive through the tulip fields was dreamy and the gardens were filled of millions of colorful flowers. It really didn’t get any better than that. While any level of photographer would be in heaven [...]

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What to do in Auvergne: Vulcania

Posted on 16. Apr, 2012 by .

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Very few people know that there are volcanoes in France. Volcanoes, not volcano, because it’s actually a chain of 48 different cones and domes. The chain is about 40 kilometers long, and is located right in the heart of the country. The reason why you’ve never heard of them? They’re dormant, and have been since [...]

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Auvergne’s Prettiest Castle: Château de Val

Posted on 13. Apr, 2012 by .

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When people think of European castles, one of the first images that come to mind is the elegant, feminine Renaissance castles of France. While most of them are located around Paris and in the Loire Valley, Auvergne has a handful of them that are worth the detour -Château the Val being on top of the [...]

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