A day in Nîmes

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Nimes

Due to a little AirBnB issue, my long weekend trip to Montpellier included a day in Nîmes, which is only half an hour away by train and turned out to be a cute little town. Its claim to fame is the really well-preserved Roman arena near the city center. There’s also a Roman temple (surrounded by cafés, naturally). The thing…

Long weekend in Montpellier (and an AirBnB fiasco)

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Montpellier

I have been (and will be) travelling quite a bit around Europe. For once, I planned ahead and booked a trip a month ahead of time so that I could get reasonably-priced train tickets and accommodation. Even though I lived for an entire year in Grenoble, which is technically closer to the Mediterranean than Paris, I never went to the…

Weekend in Madrid

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Madrid

I took a little weekend break (again) from Paris and its non-summer last week to go to Madrid! I’ve been to Spain before, but mostly in the south, so it was really fun to see the difference between that region and the capital. It was also really nice to go somewhere where it’s warm, dry and filled with blue skies…

Castle Weekend: Château d’Ussé

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chateau-d-usse

Last but not least – Chateau d’Ussé. This is the castle that Charles Perreault had in mind when writing Sleeping Beauty, and they really play off of that fact. The castle has a natural fairytale charm on the outside, while on the inside the entire top floor has rooms with scenes from the story. The castle itself is not very…

Yum!

Food

cordon-bleu-pastry

This past month has been….delicious! A friend of mine is taking the pastry course at the Cordon Bleu school (fancy shmancy!) and almost every day, she brings home a new dessert. Luckily, she lives only a few blocks from my work, so I get to a) take awesome food photos and b) eat! She also has a really small refrigerator…

Castle Weekend: Chateau de Chenonceau

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chateau-chenonceau

After spending a few hours in Chambord (actually, we spent half our time there having a lazy lunch near the main entrance), we headed off to Château de Chenonceau. This castle is known as the “women’s castle” because it was designed, built and restored by women, one of the most famous being Catherine de Medici. What makes this castle so…