Life Recap: August & September 2017

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: August & September 2017

The Best Ways to Spend a Day in Chicago

Growing up near Milwaukee, I was only, at maximum, a two hour car or train ride away from the Windy City. As an adult committed to both local and overseas travel, I’ve made a conscious effort to get to know America’s third largest city a bit better. Thankfully, over the past few years, I’ve actually been able to make it down for a few day … Continue reading The Best Ways to Spend a Day in Chicago

The Very Best of Summer in Wisconsin

I feel like Wisconsin is one of the world’s best-kept secrets. It’s the place I called home for 23 years, but after four years away, I’ve come to realize just how much Wisconsin– and in particular, Milwaukee, has to offer. It is such a fantastic city! Milwaukee’s famous hotel, The Pfister After spending a large portion of my adult life living in France and doing … Continue reading The Very Best of Summer in Wisconsin

Once Upon a Time at Bookworm Gardens

A few weeks ago at the end of July, my mom, aunt, and cousin’s daughter decided to venture one hour north of Milwaukee to check out Bookworm Gardens, a non-profit, botanic garden based off of children’s literature. With a mission of “Enrich[ing] the mind, body, and spirit of the young and young at heart through exploration in a garden environment based on children’s literature,” Bookworm Gardens … Continue reading Once Upon a Time at Bookworm Gardens

Bastille Day 2017: Partying at the Paris Fire Houses

In France, the 14th of July is known as La Fête Nationale, also known as Journée de la Bastille, or Bastille Day. Le 14 julliet is known for the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, which was the historic turning point in the French Revolution. Today, celebrations are held throughout France, and Europe’s largest military parade is held on the famous Champs Elysée Avenue … Continue reading Bastille Day 2017: Partying at the Paris Fire Houses

Wambrechies: A Hidden Gem in the North of France

In an attempt to get back into shape, I’ve taken up the habit of running 10K’s on Sundays with my colleagues. Lille’s Citadel is filled with various paths and routes, especially along the canal. Recently, my colleagues led me further down the Deûle River than I had ever ventured before, to the town of Wambrechies. The thing that (unashamedly) appealed to me the most about … Continue reading Wambrechies: A Hidden Gem in the North of France

A Long Weekend in the Côte d’Azur

The month of May is unofficially known as the month of Bank Holidays (or jours fériés) in France. Seriously– despite being a secular country, the month of May is gold, with the 1st, 8th, and 25th all included as bank holidays. In 2017, it was even better, as the 1st and the 8th fell on Monday, and the 25th on a Thursday– which meant two … Continue reading A Long Weekend in the Côte d’Azur