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France

2 days in Lille

Lille is the capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in northern France, near the border with Belgium. A cultural hub and bustling university town today, it was once an important merchant center of French Flanders. Many Flemish influences remain in the city’s culture, cuisine and architecture. The historic center, Vieux Lille, is characterized by 17th-century brick […]

Champagne in Reims

We’re excited to have arrived in Reims by train ready for our private Tour of Taittinger Champaign house curtasy of a family friend from NZ. The region is beautiful and feels very different to Paris. The tour started with a video explains the history of the company, after which we were taken for a tour […]

Paris

Disneyland Paris

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A Weekend in Paris

Paris

If ever there was a city worth visiting solely to see a piece of architecture – it would be Paris. I have 3 must-see items on my list for this trip to Paris: The Louvre, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower. Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy […]

Monaco & Monte Carlo

Today I’m leaving Nice for Barcelona, Spain – which I am very excited about but first I need to update you about my visit to Monaco & the district of Monte Carlo. Monaco is an independent microstate on France’s Mediterranean coastline known for its glitzy casinos, yacht-lined harbor and prestigious Grand Prix motor race, which […]

Nice, France

Nice, capital of the French Riviera, skirts the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. Founded by the Greeks and later a retreat for 19th-century Europe’s elite, the city today balances old-world decadence with modern urban energy. Its sunshine and liberal attitude have long attracted artists, whose work hangs in its museums. With vibrant markets […]