France

7 Ways to Enjoy Life in Provence, France

•••
We all know France is beautiful, chic and more than a little sexy. We look to the French for fashion trends, for food inspiration and for an iconic landscape which drapes girls drinking red wine in black dresses against the backdrop of the twinkling Eiffel Tower. Perhaps most importantly, the unfathomable French resilience that has this proud nation standing[...]

4 Books You Must Read Before Visiting Paris

•••
Do you love Paris? Admit it, you know you do! I could pull the old cliche on you, but I won’t. You already know it’s always a good idea to go to Paris, don’t you? Picture yourself strolling along the Seine while biting into a flaky croissant, exuding the glorious taste of full fat butter. If you hadn’t planned on visiting Paris any time soon, one of these b[...]

Cracking the Art of a French Picnic in Provence

•••
I was convinced to move to France by my British francophile man. Always a foodie, I fell in love with Europe during my fine art studies in Florence, where I also gained considerable weight... Although I miss my native Montréal, now that I’ve gotten used to the food culture - thank goodness I’ve found a whole nation with my same obsession - wandering the mark[...]

10 Things to do in Paris on a Budget

•••
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

•••
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

•••
“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

•••
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

•••
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

•••
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[...]