Marseille

Make way for… hens hens hens! 🐔

For my gal pal Liv’s hen-do (‘bachelorette party’ for Yankees), we flew down to the Marseille for a quick 36-hour visit. Around 30 of those hours were spent drinking rosé, signing karaoke, dancing, and sleeping. But here’s what I managed to see of Marseille in the little time we had there.

Marseille is France’s biggest port city. This 2000-year old city has had a bit of a bad reputation it’s trying to overcome. Over the last few years, it has reinvested itself as a gritty, stylish getaway for sunseekers on a budget. Marseille’s renaissance has produced some excellent restaurants, bars and even coffee shops. Continue reading

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Bordeaux

Visiting Bordeaux during the off-peak season might sound controversial. After all, what does one do in the world’s wine capital if not drink wine and visit vineyards? Turns out, there’s plenty to do, see, eat and drink at any time of the year in this vibrant French city.

For starters, half the city is Unesco-listed. That makes it the world’s largest urban World Heritage Site. From stunning buildings to instagrammable cobblestone streets, Bordeaux is a sight for sore eyes. It’s charming, historic and romantic. We even stayed in a former castle right in the middle of the city centre.

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Paris

Paris is always a good idea.

So naturally I decided to kick off my 2015 travels by revisiting Paree.

Fanny, my former classmate and old flatmate, now calls the French capital home, and was a lovely host during my short weekend stay, even succumbing to my request of visiting the ultra-touristy Montmarte.

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Stunning Chamonix

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (or just Chamonix, or “Cham” according to the cool kids) is a stunning town nestled in the French Alps, very close to the Swiss border. It’s the launch pad for some of the most exciting skiing in the region, and a fun town to spend a serene, cosy weekend – which is exactly what I did two weekends ago.

It’s also one of the most picturesque places I have ever been to, so I cursed myself for nothing taking my camera with me. Trusted iPhone saved the day and here are some of my favourite shots from the beautiful Chamonix. Enjoy!

 

11 countries in 2011

At some point during the year, probably when I realized that the travel gods were on my side, I decided that I was going to attempt to visit 11 countries in 2011.

And lo and behold, I did.

I started my travels this year with a much needed getaway to culturally rich and geographically diverse Nicaragua. That was followed by the legendary banana pancake trail and a Europe camping trip. It was very poetic that the 11th country I visited was in Latin America as well, the beautiful Panama.

If I were to talk about all of those individual trips, this would be an excruciatingly long blog post that no one will read (because, let’s admit it, we don’t like long blog posts). Instead, here is a little photo montage of my most amazing year for travel ever.

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Postcards from Paris

I am in love.

Truly, madly and deeply.

Well, at least if a person can fall in love with a city, then I am in love with Paris. The magnificent stance of the Eiffel Tower; the symmetry of the urban planning; the history in the Louvre; the thumping life on the street of diamonds and jewels, Champs Elysees; the larger-than-life light-leaks of Notre Dame… I am in love with all of it!

I just returned from three weeks of Euro-hopping. Paris has always been something I wanted to check off my list of things to do but a lot of negative feedback from other tourists dampened my spirits regarding this dream destination: I was told that it was dirty compared to a classic European city; it was polluted with traffic and overflowing with tourists. All of this is true, by the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But, there must a reason why 82 million people visit Paris every year: it has so much to offer! From excellent photography options (that is if you can manage to ignore or photoshop the large hoards of crows) to an intense history lesson to fun for kids (Disneyland) and adults (burlesque!!) Paris has something for everyone. I spent two days speed-walking this city and was left wanting a lot more. I know I am going back one day, but in the meantime, here are some glamour shots of this diva of a city. Continue reading