Life Recap: April and May 2018

I originally started blogging in order to create a helpful and informative TAPIF blog as well as to record my travels during my “Year in France”. However, as time has passed on, the style and purpose of my blog has shifted. I have also realized that I simply like having a dedicated space where records of my life have been documented over the past few … Continue reading Life Recap: April and May 2018

An Itinerary for the “Perfect Weekend in Lille”

Since moving to Lille a year-and-a-half ago, I’ve been blessed with my fair share of visitors! Lille is extremely centrally located in Europe, making it a perfect stop-off point between London, Paris, Amsterdam, and most of Belgium. There was Abby (June 2015), Mom & Dad (July-August 2015), Shelly & Stacy & Jess & Mayumi (August 2015), J0 (September AND December 2015), Laura (October 2015), Claire (October 2015), Laith … Continue reading An Itinerary for the “Perfect Weekend in Lille”

Bruges, Belgium

A medieval city known for its cobblestone streets, winding canals, and stunning Flemish architecture, the city of Bruges was once a chief city of major economic importance. Today, it is one of Belgium’s most-visited cities, and for good reasons. Being only 45 minutes from Lille, I had the chance to go twice this summer, both times with different groups of friends, including Shannon! Here are some of … Continue reading Bruges, Belgium

Liège, Belgium

Known as the most francophile place in Belgium, Liège is conveniently situated on the Meuse River, linking crossroads to Paris, Amsterdam and Cologne. Liège gave the impression of being very “south-meets-north” and “old-meets-new.” Although a bit rustic due to its history and involvement with coal mining, Liège is also home to the largest and oldest Christmas Market in Belgium. The market includes approximately 200 chalets, selling everything from ornaments, to gastronomic … Continue reading Liège, Belgium