Castle Weekend: Chateau de 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…

Castle Weekend: Chateau de Chambord



Yes, yes, I know I went to Eastern Europe and I should be posting those photos first, but they’ll take me a while to get through, so instead, here is a little snapshot of my weekend getaway to the Loire Valley. This area in France has hundreds of castles – I mean literally, hundreds! Every few kilometres there’s a sign…

Flowers and doors

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The weeks here have been pretty crazy on the weather front. Way back in March I was walking around in short sleeves and last week I was wearing boots and a jacket outside. So when there is a warm, sunny weekend, I drag myself out of bed (and forego my usual 1pm weekend wakeup time) to go outside and take…

Square Batignolles

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As you know, I moved to a lovely new neighbourhood in the 17 arrondissement of Paris. I’ve been pretty good about discovering the area, but it wasn’t until one random weekend when I noticed that there was a giant park (well, for giant for a city…so fairly small by regular standards) that I had been walking by for months without…

New city, new blog!

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I’ve been in Paris for nine months now. When I first moved here, I wasn’t sure if it would all work out – starting a new job, getting all the paperwork in order and even trying to find an apartment. I only knew a couple of people here when I arrived in September and I had no idea how or…

Paris at Night

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Paris at night is so gorgeous! A few weeks ago when the nights were still warm, a friend and I headed out for a walk along the Seine. I arrived on the hour, which is when the Eiffel Tower lights up and begins to “sparkle”. I’ve already seen it a few times since I’ve moved here, but I still get…