Category archives: France

Restaurants we like: L'épicerie in Lyon

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Since Lyon is known as the food capital of France, any restaurant within its borders has high expectations to live up to. It doesn’t come as a surprise than many establishments boast extravagant menus with a minimum of three courses, including lyonnaise specialties such as French onion soup, quenelles (special dumplings, often served in crayfish sauce),[...]

Porquerolles, a visual diary

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One upon a time there were two girls who yearned for an island adventure. One where they could walk barefoot along the beach, sip rosé in the afternoon sunshine, chase seagulls and boys with yachts, watch the sun come up and forget the the real world exists. Porquerolles beckoned: The romantic village  filled their hearts and minds as they slowly settled [...]

10 of the world's most fashionable museums

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Italians are known for their fabulous shoes, French women for their elegance, and who can forget about the fantastic royal wedding dress of English princess Kate earlier this year? Different countries as well as time periods are associated with different styles and fashions. I can spend way too much time looking at my favorite streetstyle blogs from around t[...]

World changing street art

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A couple years ago, I was walking along the Seine in Paris, and noticed that a bridge and the stonewalls by the riverbank were covered by huge eyes in black and white. I found it fascinating, but I unfortunately forgot about it. Big mistake, since the artist behind it is one of the most inspiring street artists of our time. Yes, I've heard about Banksy, but [...]

10 Great Surf Spots along the Atlantic Coast

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I have been waiting all summer long for this moment: sandy beaches,  green sparkling waves, sunshine and hot surfer guys. And finally all those day dreams became true. My friend Leo, who I once met at a surfcamp two years before, invited me out on a roadtrip along the Atlantic Coast. Equipped with a VW camper van, canned food, lots of sun cream and our surf [...]

A Strange weekend in Paris

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When our friends, the wonderful photographer and model Bonnie Strange and her boyfriend, actor and musician Wilson Gonzalez, told us they were going to Paris for a few days, but were still in need of a good place to stay, we told them about Wimdu.com, a platform that provides private rooms and apartment rentals. They picked a place they liked, Bonnie took lo[...]

Paris Syndrome

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. Have you ever arrived somewhere and been so utterly disappointed with what was waiting for you; dirty streets, unwelcoming locals, terrible weather and rude waiters? Sometime a city just doesn’t live up to your expectations but no need to fear, there is now a medical condition related to this destination disappointment; introducing Paris Syndrome or Syndr[...]

Lock your love in Paris

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Every time I’m in Paris I seem to find myself on Pont des Arts (the bridge linking the Left bank to the Louvre museum) for one reason - I’m a horrible romantic! . For the past few years the bridge has been a sort of living museum to love from around the world. Lovers engrave their names on a padlock, attach it to the railings on the bridge, kiss then throw[...]

HI Matic - hotel for a new generation

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As I was roaming the World Wide Web today I came across something I felt was the answer to all my prayers, so naturally I wanted to share it with you. Imagine you could take what you love about hostels and combine it with what you love about hotels - then maybe you would wake up at the new HI Matic Hotel in Paris. First things first. During my recent t[...]

ABC guide to coffee in France

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Having lived in France on and off for a few years I have come to realise that the coffee you choose (whilst enjoying the sun on one of thousands terraced café’s watching designer clad women and their tiny pooches stroll by) says a lot about you. When I first arrived, ordering in a café was a stressful affair never quite knowing what to ask for and always puz[...]