France

10 Things to do in Paris on a Budget

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When you visit Paris for the first time you will probably want to tick off all the mainstream attractions, but what if you happened to be in Paris for the third or fourth time and wanted to keep a low budget? Not only can you experience the city at its best without spending a fortune, but sticking to a budget also makes you explore some hidden gems in less c[...]

Celebrating 'Le 14 Juillet' in Paris

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Happy Bastille Day! Wait - what? Bastille Day is one of the most celebrated days in France and is also called le quatorze juillet, the 14th of July. The day does commemorate the storming of the Bastille on that day in 1789, but has evolved into La fête nationale, The French National Day. So what do the French do on their national day? Do they wear their n[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Marseille

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“You’re from France? Oh, I love Paris!” - I stopped counting the number of times I’ve heard this sentence since I started traveling. Going abroad makes you realize how we usually stick to “must-sees” and capitals when it comes to choosing itineraries and feeling entitled to give a legitimate feedback about a country. Trying to convince people that my home co[...]

How to survive the night bus from Paris to London

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When traveling between Paris and London on a budget, taking the bus will be your wallet’s saving grace. The trip takes 9-10 hours each way, so going overnight saves you some precious exploring time in each city. I figured it would also save me money, as I could sleep on the bus rather than having to pay for a hostel. Sleeping, that is, in theory. There are [...]

Discovering Chamonix, or Fulfilling my Childhood Dream

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Many years ago, in my tenth grade French class, we were given an assignment to create a travel brochure for any French-speaking locale of our choosing. My decision was based on a place that, as a snowboarder and lover of all things winter, I perceived to be the most glamorous, magical winter wonderland I could find. It was Chamonix, France.  At the time it w[...]

Exploring Nice with Pop in the City

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Women can do amazing things - they can beat the odds and fly across the Atlantic like Amelia Earhart in 1928, or sail around the world on their own like teenager Laura Dekker, or adopt 40+ children off the streets of Nepal to give them a home like Maggie Doyne. They can change our perception of the world with their films or art, they can fight sexism by broa[...]

Welcome to Colorado, France

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A few weeks ago was my birthday, and for the first time in years I was not going to celebrate it in a big city, surrounded by a group of friends. This time, I didn't feel like having a party. I wanted to spend it somewhere I’d never been before; to make the day an adventure. I was yearning for new horizons to explore – preferably of the spectacular kind. Wha[...]

11 Great Bars in Paris

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Just arrived in Paris and about to go for your first drink? Don’t follow the misled backpacker masses that systematically cram together inside the overcrowded hangouts of the Grands Boulevards! Instead, here’s an insider’s subjective guide on where to grab a nice drink in Paris, from fancy cocktail bars to relaxed local watering holes – and including a fe[...]

Hidden Beauty - Plage de Cenitz

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Traveling Europe can result in a rainbow of emotional responses - surprises lurk everywhere. A trip will make your eyes widen and your heart beat faster. The amount of hidden, breathtaking places seems endless, the many different landscapes and diverse cultures inspire awe and wonder. During a 6-week long road trip along the Spanish and French coastline I[...]

The Travelettes Guide to getting the best out of Paris

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I came to Paris for the first time as a child. It was love at first sight. It was impossible not to fall for that sheer beauty that emanates from every brick this city was built on. I kept on coming back each summer for four years in a row, until finally I was old enough to pack up my life in Colombia and move it all the way to the French capitol. Since the[...]