“Take the Sourest Lemon that Life has to offer, and Turn it into Something Resembling Lemonade.”

When I started blogging consistently four years ago, I promised myself that I would not become one of those (well-intended) TAPIF blogs that starts off really strong, and then tapers off somewhere after Christmas. I wanted to create the blog that hadn’t yet existed- an ordinary TAPIFer who gave valuable information about bureaucracy, teaching, traveling, everyday insight into life in France, and was there until … Continue reading “Take the Sourest Lemon that Life has to offer, and Turn it into Something Resembling Lemonade.”

Postcard from the Christmas Market in Arras

During the Christmas season, you always see lists with a title along the lines of “Best Christmas Markets in France“, or “in Europe“, and so on. In regards to the north of France, Lille always seems to make the list. And don’t get me wrong, the Christmas market here in my city is gorgeous- the ferris wheel offers sweeping views of the city (with the totally and completely … Continue reading Postcard from the Christmas Market in Arras

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”

Saint Omer- Boating in the Marais Audomarois

The Marais Audomarois is a biosphere reserve in the north of France. Made up of marshes and wetlands, it covers 22,300 hectares, and is home to many different kinds of waterbirds and endangered species. Today, it is one of two remaining wetland floating gardens in France, and visitors come to explore the area by boat. One hot and sunny July afternoon, a group of us rented … Continue reading Saint Omer- Boating in the Marais Audomarois

Notes On What’s Coming Next.

This past school year, in a nutshell, was a very difficult one. Sure, I loved my job and I loved living in Lille; I traveled and visited friends and in return had a ton of visitors. But I was still quite sad a lot the time– I was (am?) dealing with death and heartbreak and loss and grief and the overall stress about what to do and where … Continue reading Notes On What’s Coming Next.

I Was Published at GoEuro.Co.Uk

Great News! I recently helped contribute to an article about site seeing and tourist hot spots in the north of France. The article is entitled, Discover France: Insider Tips to Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie and features several people who know the region. Click here to check it out, share, and comment, and thank you again for your ongoing support! Bisous, Dana Continue reading I Was Published at GoEuro.Co.Uk

City Bikes-A Great Way to Lower Your Budget

I am a HUGE advocate of city bikes. In fact, the concept of bike sharing has become pretty widely accepted both stateside and abroad, with bike sharing systems in place in more than 600 cities worldwide. Truth be told, despite the amount of traveling I do, I tend to live a very modest lifestyle. And, the best penny-pinching strategy I use is using the City Bikes, V’Lille, as … Continue reading City Bikes-A Great Way to Lower Your Budget