Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Photo Diary of Toulouse, France

Like my day trip to Limoges, I spent my day in la ville rose wandering about. This ville rose, or pink city, was Toulouse.

I stopped in Toulouse directly after moving out of my apartment in Châteauroux, as it led me closer to Spain's Costa Brava for the TBEX Conference. As I needed a calm day after packing, cleaning the apartment, taking a four-and-a-half-hour train, and lugging my suitcases around town, I simply strolled around and admired the architecture. Enjoy!

Even the McDonald's looked elegant!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Photo Diary of Limoges, France

As Limoges is only an hour away by train from Châteauroux, it made sense that I had to visit this beautiful town before moving away last April.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Putting the Rialto Market into Context

Never had I seen such a sprawling fresh-food market. Stands of local produce surrounded us, the scent of fresh fish and saltwater filled the air, and people were moving in every which way, doing their daily grocery shopping. This wasn't Whole Foods or an all-natural grocery store, though--this was Venice's renowned Rialto Market.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A VIP in the Isle of Capri

The Isle of Capri. Popularized by art, literature, and music, this island is easily one of Italy's most beautiful--and most glamorous--areas. I was dying to get there during my time in Rome, but the logistics totally overwhelmed me. Luckily, with their VIP Capri tourCity Wonders lifted that stress from my shoulders.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Rome Wasn't Seen in a Day

Rome wasn't built in a day, but it wasn't seen in a day, either. At least I didn't see it in a day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Discover Boating (on the Bosphorous)

When I booked my ticket to Istanbul last December, my friends were full of suggestions about what to see and do--get a hammam treatment, visit Topkapi Palace, shop at the Grand Bazaar, etc. But there was one tip that stood out from the rest--taking a boat cruise along the Bosphorous River.

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Family Affair: Hostal Ribas in Lloret de Mar

In the seaside town of Lloret de Mar in Catalunya, Spain, a family-run hotel is hard to come by. Lloret de Mar used to be full of family-run boutique lodging, but corporate greed took over, leaving the streets lined with chain hotels and neon signs. Luckily, that family-owned charm still exists in Lloret de Mar, and you can find it at Hostal Ribas. During our stay, Bethany and I sat down with Miquel Ribas to discuss his family, the hotel's history and vision, and even some botany (but more on that later), and now we're here to tell you all about it.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Returning to Morocco: My Thoughts on the Maghreb

No two experiences are ever the same. The first visit anywhere may mold one's conceptions about the destination, but the second one is where the details emerge. And this was no different when I returned to Morocco.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Vegetarian's Guide to Moroccan Food

As someone who's been a vegetarian my entire life, sometimes it's hard to find local fare that I can eat when traveling. Morocco is notorious for its meat dishes, but I was still able to get a taste (er...many dishes worth) of their cuisine. Whether or not you eat meat, here's a guide to Morocco's best vegetarian dishes.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gateway to Europe: Tangier, Morocco

It took us nine hours to arrive in Tangier from Marrakech. But it wasn't nearly as bad as you think.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Day at the Ouzoud Waterfalls

The day after we got back to Marrakech from our desert camping tour, Kerridwen, Zaira, Arturo, and I set off again. This time, we visited the Ouzoud Waterfalls.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Moroccan Desert Tour, Part II: Camping in the Sahara

Following my post about the natural and cultural landmarks on my desert tour, I'm here to tell you about the main event: riding camels and camping in the desert.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Moroccan Desert Tour, Part I: Landmarks in the Desert

When the opportunity arose to tour the Sahara, I jumped at it. Over a period of three days I visited UNESCO Heritage Sites, natural wonders, Berber villages, and glorious sand dunes. I broke up this trip into two posts, beginning with the desert landmarks.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hiking the High Atlas: Mount Toubkal, Mint Tea, and Berber Taxis

Hiking Mount Toubkal has been one of my ultimate travel dreams. The second-highest summit in Africa (Mount Kilimanjaro takes the lead), it's situated in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. More specifically, it's in the Imlil Valley, about two-and-a-half hours away from Marrakech.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Marrakech, Morocco: Take Two

I'm back and with more exciting trips than ever! A month and a half ago, I set off to one of my favorite countries, Morocco, for the trip of a lifetime. This second Morocco series will be broken up into multiple posts, but first up is Marrakech!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Life Update

Hey everyone!

I feel horrible about this unplanned break. I didn't realize how much work and planning would go into my mom's trip, so that's been preoccupying me. But at least we're now together and having the time of our lives!

Keep an eye out for my upcoming posts about my recent trips to Morocco, Spain, the Brittany region of France, and more. For now, check out this post I wrote for Dame Traveler about my favorite French city--Tours!

Thanks so much for your understanding and, as always, for your continued support. See you all soon!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Berlin, Germany

Seeing that I love World War II and Cold War history, a trip to Berlin was necessary--especially after I found 98€ round-trip airfare.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

An On-Board Manicure?

Would you ever consider getting a professionally done manicure--on a train?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Nice, France

My friends have always raved about Nice, and now I see why. Even though my friend Rachel and I went in January, it was still a quintessential beach city with Provençal flair--and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

Friday, February 27, 2015

My Railroad Bookshelf

I don't know about you, but I do all of my best reading while on a train. Trains are relaxing and often many hours long, so I've read some pretty good books on board. In the spirit of travel, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite books that I've read while sitting on a train!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bruges, Belgium

For the final installment of my Belgium trip, I present you with Bruges! With sprawling canals, artisan chocolate shops on every corner, windmills lining the city walls, and a 150-year-old brewery, Bruges is nothing short of adorable.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ghent, Belgium

In addition to our day trip to Antwerp while we were in Brussels, my friends and I spent a half day in Ghent. As we were only there for a few hours and just wandered around the city (it was New Year's Day so almost everything was closed), I don't have many tips. So, I've put together a photo diary for you to showcase Ghent's beauty and charm!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Antwerp, Belgium

While my friends and I were staying in Brussels, we decided to do a couple of day trips, including to Antwerp. I knew nothing about Antwerp before going there, but I absolutely loved it. For those of you who don't know, Antwerp is Belgium's second-largest city (but its most populous), and the largest city in the Belgian Flanders region. So why not visit?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Birchbox France Unveiling (February 2015)

This was my third Birchbox France (second time I unboxed it for you), and I wasn't horribly thrilled with it. Watch the video below to hear my thoughts on the products I received!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Turkish Spoils: Istanbul Haul

I came home with a lot more than just experiences after visiting Istanbul. In fact, I came home with so much that I had trouble closing (and lugging around) my suitcase! Watch the video below to see what I bought in Turkey, as well as my shopping recommendations for Istanbul!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Grow Your Blog with JotForm

When brainstorming ways to grow one's blog, bloggers often think of link-ups, giveaways, and other promotions. But in my opinion, the most important thing a blogger can do is be accessible.

All photos c/o JotForm Theme Store.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Istanbul, Turkey (VLOG)

I spent Christmas in sunny Istanbul. And boy, did that city leave an impression on me

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Birchbox France Unveiling (January 2015)

Well, I did it. I subscribed to Birchbox France. Luckily, it's just as good as Birchbox in the U.S.! Check out the video below to see what I received this month.

Do any of you subscribe to Birchbox--in any country?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Florence, Italy

Never in my life had I felt more immersed in culture than when I visited Vienna, but then I took a whirlwind trip to Florence.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

#JeSuisCharlie: My Experience at the Demonstration in Paris

I've already given you my thoughts on the attacks (you can read them here if you haven't already done so), but I think it's also important to sum up my experience at the demonstration in Paris on January 11 in honor of those killed in the Paris terrorist attacks.

Monday, January 12, 2015

#JeSuisCharlie: My Thoughts on the Attack

This post is long and nothing like my others, but I feel that it's important to discuss my experience in France relative to the terrorist attacks that happened last week. By now, you know about the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, the hostage situation by those same killers in the outskirts of Paris, and the hostage situation--and deaths--effectuated by an accomplice at a kosher market in Paris.

Pens symbolizing freedom of the press.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Montrésor, France

It's rare that I spend a weekend in Châteauroux, but even if I'm sleeping in my own bed, I still find a way to leave the city!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Lyon, France

For the second part of the long weekend, we took a short train from Annecy to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France!