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The Best Spot to Eat French Fries in France

Two things.. One. I know, I know, I know, French fries aren’t actually French… they’re Belgian. BUT, Sant and I traveled through the Netherlands, Belgium and France and we tried the fries in almost every city we visited and the best fries we came across were in France. Although this particular shop is a Belgian Friterie (fry […]

My Favorite Travel Memories of 2015

My Favorite Travel Memories of 2015

This year has been quite the year of travel for me. I traveled to 3 new countries, more than 10 new cities and had countless new adventures. Having a full-time job and only being able to travel part-time has its limitations, but I believe in making the most of the time I have and traveling at […]

Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon, France

Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon, France

Before arriving in Lyon, I was under the impression that the city was a smaller but just as worthy version of Paris – less crowds with all the French charm you could want. While I was there, I noticed many similarities between the country’s capital city, Paris, and France’s gastronomical capital, Lyon. Similar to the […]

Lyon Traboules: Secret Passageways in the City

Lyon Traboules: Secret Passageways in the City

I knew very little about Lyon before arriving, but the last thing I expected to discover was secret passageways hidden behind seemingly normal doors in Vieux Lyon (the old part of town). After arriving in Lyon, our (super helpful) Airbnb host filled us in on all the must-see aspects of France’s third-largest city. First, she told […]

Lyon hosted the 17th World Convention of Rose Societies in 2015 which resulted in a beautiful Rose Festival that became a city-wide event.

Rose Festival in Lyon, France

We got super lucky that we just happened to arrive in Lyon the exact weekend that all the festivities for the Rose Festival were taking place. We weren’t quite sure what exactly was going on, but it was apparent that some type of festival was happening because the entire city was decorated in roses. I […]

Looking for the best views of Paris? Skip the long lines and head to the Arc de Triomphe for incredible views of Paris that include the famous Eiffel Tower.

Paris from the Top of the Arc de Triomphe

I feel like when someone visits Paris for the first time, climbing the Eiffel Tower to get a glimpse of the city from above is usually at the very top of their “must-do” list. I can definitely understand this since the Eiffel Tower is the most well-known monument in the city and, like many others, it […]

Smart Place Paris

Hostel Review: Smart Place Paris

Looking for an affordable, friendly, and safe hostel for your stay in the City of Love? Look no further! Check out Smart Place Paris – my friends and I stayed here on a previous trip to Paris and we really enjoyed the friendly staff and great location. They offer free Wi-Fi in the common areas, a fully-equipped […]

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In Photos: Watching the Sunset from the Sacré Cœur

A visit to the city of love just wouldn’t be complete without spending an evening watching the sun set over this iconic city. One of the top spots to relax and watch the sunset is from the steps of the Sacré Cœur in Montmartre. Many tourists and locals flock to the steps below the Sacré Cœur […]

Sacre Coeur Basilica

Sacred Heart Basilica in Paris

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” The Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre, or Sacre-Coeur, is a major landmark in Paris. Montmartre is one of the most historic and interesting neighborhoods in Paris; with the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur situated on the crest of the hill this is one area of Paris you don’t want to miss. […]