France

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[...]

Paris on a budget

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I like to believe that money should not determine whether or not you get to travel, I even enjoy making it a challenge to travel places on small budget and so I also turned down the financial help offered by my parents when I told them that I was going to Paris. As a student, my travel budget is tiny but as long as a few precautions are taken it can be done.[...]

A weekend in Paris

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I have found a new direct path to happiness. It's called: Paris. When back home not even friends, chocolates or retail therapy can't do the trick anymore, it's best to get out for a couple of days and visit a place that is full of charming people, gorgeous architecture, delectable wine and food and countless little shops that make your heart swell with awe. [...]

Europe's largest Hot Air Balloon Festival

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You look down ... the world slowly passes by.... you see fields, small villages, a forest, little moving points on the ground... you look up and the air is filled with hundreds of colourful spots around you... listening to the sound of a flame you are rising higher above the ground ... the person next to you says something, but you are too taken by what is a[...]

A hotel room of two halves

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Do you ever struggle to find a place to stay that fits both you and your boyfriends tastes? Got a friend who prefers country chique rather than your love of modern minimalist design? Well we might have found a hotel that helps you silence that dual personality; the Au Vieux Panier hotel in Marseille, France. The artist Tilt has created the Panic Room [...]

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), and [...]

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 [...]