France

5 lessons I learnt from living in Paris

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When I moved to Paris spontaneously in the summer of 2013, it was out of a need for adventure, for profound change and a desire for a life a little less ordinary. I was ready for the change of scenery, but I was in no way prepared for how much I would learn, grow and transform after a year in the bewildering intensity of the city. If you have ever undergone [...]

Toulouse: 72 hours in the pink city

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When choosing a city destination in France, it can sometimes be hard to see beyond the dazzling lights and bustling boulevards of gay Paris. The city of lovers, or so they say; although now perhaps just a tad oversaturated in the tourism department. For an alternative city experience, I cast aside convention and headed to the subdued southern city of Toulous[...]

8 reasons why La Rochelle is the perfect weekend getaway

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Before I decided to buy my two-day ticket to La Rochelle, I only knew this city from images - not even from the recommendations or stories of friends. As those pictures had promised, I expected some nice French architecture and a beautiful port; the sea and a pretty city was all I had in mind. What I didn't expect was to be as pleasantly surprised as I was b[...]

6 Spectacular Sights of Brittany, France

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There’s a reason France is one of the most visited countries in the world. From the romantic architecture of Paris, to the beautiful beaches of the Riviera, or the fabulous food & wine of Bordeaux, France has a cultural vibe that can suit even the harshest critic's taste. But what if you could have it ALL in one region of France? We'll let you in on a li[...]

15 Unique Experiences you Must Have in France

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Last summer I decided to go on a road trip around France, Spain, Portugal & Andorra. In total I spent three months exploring these interesting, delightful countries, and during this time I spent about six weeks in France. I had been to France before but only to Paris for the weekend and a school trip to Normandy, so these six weeks really showed me wh[...]

How to spend a weekend in Paris like a local

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I was always scared of going to Paris. I had heard so much about it. People loved it, were raving about it, were infatuated by it. But somehow, instead of making me want to go there myself, it always just put me off. What if I didn't like it? I couldn't tell anybody that... Better not risk it. Then - out of nowhere - an opportunity arose, to speak at a[...]

Skip the Metro: Paris is best explored by foot!

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Perhaps one of the greatest things about Paris is the metro. It’s fast and it’s reliable. It’s wonderful. That is, if you don’t mind being underground. My first two trip to Paris lasted for about five days each - an acceptable amount of time someone would spend in the city during a vacation. When I returned to the city for a third time, I wasn’t very i[...]

Vegan in Paris: A City Guide

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I went vegan a few months ago for numerous reasons and people often ask me whether it's hard. My standard answer usually includes something like, 'it's easy when you cook yourself', or 'you've got to change the way you think', or 'there are so many amazing vegan restaurants in my home town Glasgow'. But there is one aspect of my life, when I admit, it gets t[...]

7 picturesque Lighthouses in France That you MUST Add to your Bucket List

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If you asked me what I think is the most beautiful feeling in life, I would tell you that it is what I feel when I'm home. Personally, I have never experienced anything as heartwarming as that, and I think that if we were to put genuine love into words then "welcome home" would be probably the best option. That's why I love lighthouses, for the metaphor t[...]