How to spend the BEST Christmas in Alsace (2023)

a girl smiling in front of a beautiful half-timbered yellow house covered in Christmas decorations in Alsace

Spending the most wonderful time of the year in Alsace is probably one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. Alsace at Christmas is absolutely magical and picture-perfect! You won’t find many other places in the world that feel like you’ve walked into a Christmas store in real life. The very first Christmas that I […]

Vimy Ridge: AMAZING (and informative) Day Trip from Lille

Growing up in Canada, Vimy Ridge is a name that all students come across in our history textbooks. I will confidently assume that a majority of Canadians will recognize and remember its name. They might not remember any details or they might not even remember why it’s important to Canadian history in the first place. […]

Cider Tour: one of the BEST activities to do in Normandy

You may have heard of a wine tour or a beer tour, but have you ever heard of a cider tour? Personally, I have done winery tours in St. Emilion and Portugal. I’ve also done beer tours in Ireland and Amsterdam, so I am quite familiar with the complicated process behind these two beverages. Cider, […]

Beautiful stores you can’t miss when shopping in Paris

People are drawn to Paris from all over the world for many reasons. Some people visit for its history – to witness the many iconic buildings that have survived the test of time. Some visit for the food – to end up in any restaurant knowing that no matter what, their meal will be delicious. […]

7 things you need to know about the Braderie de Lille 2023

2022 was a big year for the Braderie de Lille. For the past few years, this old, traditional celebration has been cancelled due to either Covid-19 or terrorist precautions. And funnily enough, a lot of French people I met during my first Braderie had told me it was actually their first time going due to […]

How to spend a weekend in Vieux-Boucau-les-Bains

During a visit to Bordeaux a few summers back, a couple of French friends and I wanted to have a weekend trip together. They all suggested going to Vieux-Boucau-les-Bains, a place I had never heard of before. Roughly 2 hours away by car, they all agreed this would be the perfect spot for a weekend […]

The Best TRAIN-FRIENDLY Day Trips from Lille to Belgium

One of the best things about living in and visiting Lille is its proximity to Belgium. It is incredibly easy to visit Belgium for the day! Whether by car, train or bus, there are many straightforward day trips from Lille to Belgium. Let’s take a look at the best and easiest day trips from Lille […]

5 things you should know when you visit Provence

Ah, Provence! I hear the word and I immediately imagine rolling hills of lavender stretching out as far as the eye can see. This was the image I had in mind as I headed off on a 1-week long road trip in summer 2021. However, this world-renowned tourist destination had a few tricks up its […]

Top 5 things to do in Roubaix

When I moved to Roubaix, it wasn’t a town that particularly excited me. I thought it was just a place to live that was close to Lille. But Roubaix I’ve learned has a pretty incredible history which makes it an interesting place to visit and live. It actually has been one of the richest towns […]

How to make the most out of your visit to Gorges du Verdon

This was a site, as a foreigner, I had never heard of before. But now I know, if you are planning to visit Provence, you NEED to witness the majesty that is the Gorges du Verdon! Even though it was almost a 2.5-hour trip from where we were staying, I am glad we made the […]