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The Heights of Paris, a Photo Essay

Posted on 28. May, 2012 by .

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

Posted on 23. May, 2012 by .

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 Very Rainy Afternoon in Saint-Émilion

Posted on 11. May, 2012 by .

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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Smelling the Ocean Breeze at Dune du Pilat

Posted on 05. May, 2012 by .

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 .

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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Scenes From a French Train

Posted on 25. Apr, 2012 by .

When I was invited to visit Catalonia with Charming Villas in February, I had two choices - pay the hefty Air France fee to fly me to Barcelona, or suck it up, keep my money and hop on a 13 hour train journey. After all, isn’t the journey half the trip? Well. I guess it [...]

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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 .

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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A Handpicked Selection of London’s Best Places

Posted on 06. Apr, 2012 by .

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During my first weeks in London, one of the things I found hard to deal with was the overwhelming choice I had to make every day. Do I pick this tea place, or this one? This curryhouse, or this one? This garden pub, or the one across the city? While a wide array of choice [...]

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Channeling Harry Potter at Oxford’s Christ Church College

Posted on 04. Apr, 2012 by .

As a rather UK-obsessed person (shocking, I know - you had no idea, right!), it’s only normal that this level of obsession also covers iconic British things, such as tea, Arctic Monkeys, Kate Middleton, Colin Firth, Union Jacks and such. Oh and Harry Potter. Especially Harry Potter! The carefully constructed world of the young wizard takes [...]

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A Wax Figures and Peacocks Day at Warwick Castle

Posted on 16. Mar, 2012 by .

When Grayline invited me on their Oxford, Stratford and Warwick tour, I knew I was in for a treat. I was especially looking forward to Warwick Castle, who has the reputation of being one of the best castles in the UK. I couldn’t wait to find out if it was true! The first part of [...]

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Exploring the Medieval Village of Besalu

Posted on 07. Mar, 2012 by .

After staying overnight in Cadaques, I was pretty sure this Catalonia trip could not get any better. I mean, luxury villas, Mediterranean Sea and Dali? But that was before we were taken to Besalu, a small village located further inland. I hadn’t read much about it before and therefore had no expectations, but to say [...]

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Monday’s Postcard: Banyoles, Spain

Posted on 05. Mar, 2012 by .

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On the first day of my press trip in Catalonia, we immediately checked in the villa we would stay in for the night - which was amazing! A 18th century rustic house in the middle of a small forest right outside of Girona. It’s one of the biggest house I’ve ever visited. But after visiting [...]

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