My Bucket List for Europe! (Part 3)

Greetings, bloggers (and travelers)! Recently, I was going through my old posts on this blog and, to my surprise, I haven't written a European bucket list in almost two years! The last time that I was brainstorming ideas for my travels in Europe was actually back during my first year of teaching in France (in …

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5 Underrated Destinations in Europe

Hello! A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about the top-5 destinations in Europe for first-time travelers, which can be found here. However, for those of you who've already hit those hot spots of the small continent, why not expand your adventures to lesser-known, but equally-enriching places while you're at it? That said, …

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5 Destinations in Europe for First-Time Travelers!

Greetings, bloggers! For people who've never been to Europe before, choosing where to go can be a daunting task. In addition, you might not know just how to plan for the trip, e.g. timing, accommodation, transport, budget, etc. Have no fear, though: as someone who has traveled extensively throughout the continent, I'm here to offer …

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Bastille Day!

Bastille Day in France!

The Finicky Cynic

Bonjour, mes amis!

I know that I’m currently in the middle of recounting my adventures while traveling in Asia this summer (if you haven’t been reading them, you can start here). But I would like to take a break to reflect on a special day today for France, as it is Bastille Day, aka “le 14 juillet”or “la fête nationale”for the prominent European country.

As you know from history textbooks, Bastille Dayis a national holiday that commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a prison-fortress in Paris, back on July 14, 1789. The event was a reaction towards thepeople’s unhappiness with the French monarchy, then under the rule of Louis XVI and his queen, the famous Marie Antoinette. French citizens gathered outside of the prison-fortress, demanding its surrender, as it was a symbol of monarchic tyranny. Cannon shots were fired, attackers were killed by the…

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Destination: Auschwitz concentration camp, Poland

While in Krakow during this past April vacation (more on it later), I made several day trips out of the city to nearby places, one of them including the Auschwitz concentration camp. If you know anything about it (which would really surprise me if you didn't), then you would know that it's the site where millions …

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