If there is one French stereotype that rings true, I’d say it is that the French are very serious about their vacations. They are so serious, in fact, that there are two words in the French language to describe the two types of holiday makers (vacationers) in France: les juilletistes (“July-ers”, or those who vacation in July), and les aoûtiens (“August-ers”, or those who vacation in August). … Continue reading Vacation à la Française: 10 Days on the French Riviera
This past May, my cousin came to visit for a few weeks from the US, and we decided to take one of the many long weekends in May to take a road trop around the Emerald Isle. This was my first trip to Ireland, and it did not rain even once! The weather was perfect, and we covered a lot of ground in just 4.5 … Continue reading A Road Trip Around the Emerald Isle
Chances are if you’ve ever spent time researching Portugal on Pinterest, the town of Sintra has been pinned a few times to say the least. This national park is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is a popular day trip from Lisbon. There is SO much to see in Sintra, and it is huge, so you really have to start early, and pick … Continue reading Sintra, Portugal: A Royal Sanctuary
I had heard nothing but raving things about Lisbon- an exciting, alternative city with heaps to do: great food, abundant sunshine, cheap eats and attractions. I loved Lisbon when I visited in April, so much in fact that I didn’t hesitate to return for another long weekend at the end of June. It rained a bit too much for my liking in April, but it’s still … Continue reading Lovely Lisbon- A City Not to Be Missed!
With direct flights from Lille, I’m surprised it took me almost two years to make it to Portugal. It’s really the perfect European destination- warm, cheap, and a bit off of the beaten tourist path. On any trip to Portugal, the city of Porto, in the north Portugal, is absolutely worth at least a few days of your time. Oporto, as the Portuguese call it, is Portugal’s second … Continue reading Porto, Portugal
“Our society teaches young girls, […] that likability is an essential part of you, of the space you occupy in the world. You’re supposed to twist yourself into shapes to make yourself likable; you’re supposed to hold back sometimes– pull back, don’t quite say, don’t be too pushy, because you have to be likable. I think it’s also something that’s quite difficult for even older women … Continue reading Notes on Trolls and Criticism
Although I am not by any means an art expert, I have always been intrigued by street art. In fact, discovering street art is one of my favorite parts of traveling, because there is never any promise or guarantee that the work will still be there the next time you come back. When I think of awesome street art discoveries, some of my favorite cities … Continue reading The Tall Trees of Paris: A Book Review