Life Recap: December 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: December 2017

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

Christmas Markets in Cologne, Germany

I love the European Christmas markets. It’s something that doesn’t really exist in the United States, but it really does help get one into the holiday spirit! I am so lucky to have experienced different markets in France, Belgium, and England, but I had yet to see the wondrous and raved-about markets in Germany. So, when a day trip to Cologne in December was offered with Cice … Continue reading Christmas Markets in Cologne, Germany

The Best of 2015 International Traditions: Thanksgiving, Dutch Sinterklaas, and French Christmas

Since moving to France almost three years ago, I have lived with two Brits, three Americans, four French people, a Spaniard, a Czech, a Sicilian, a German, and a Dutchwoman. Besides feeling like I’m living my very own version of Auberge Espagnole, the best thing about living in internationally diverse settings is having the chance to intimately get to know, understand, and experience other cultures and customs. … Continue reading The Best of 2015 International Traditions: Thanksgiving, Dutch Sinterklaas, and French Christmas

Ringing in 2015 in Lyon

My favorite part of January was ringing in the New Year’s with some of my favorite people in France’s third largest city, Lyon. I first experienced this magnificent city back in December 2013, for La Fête des Lumières. I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to head back to Lyon and experience the city at its normal, everyday pace. They say that Lyon is a mini … Continue reading Ringing in 2015 in Lyon

England at Christmastime

Call it cliché, but since watching various Christmas-related films such as Love Actually and The Holiday, I’ve had the desire to experience the magic of England in December. My friend Jo invited me to spend a few days with her family to kick off my December holidays, and I’m so glad she did. The Eurostar train takes you from Lille to London in under two hours, one of … Continue reading England at Christmastime