Bastille Day 2019!

Bonjour, mes amis! Today marks Independence Day in France, known as le 14 juillet. Meant to commemorate the storming of the Bastille as a sign of protest against the monarchy, it has since become the national holiday of the country, as millions of people take the day off to spend time with family, watch fireworks at the …

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day, USA! July 4th is the day to celebrate the country's separation from England in 1776 (although technically, the exact date is disputed, as some people claim that the "real" independence day is a few days after, or even over a month later). It's the day when people get the day off from …

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Destination: Château de Chenonceau, France

Bonjour! Known as one of the most famous châteaux in France (let alone in the Loire Valley), château de Chenonceau is a distinctive beauty, with part of its structure suspended over the river. Having been to a few other châteaux in the Loire Valley already (including the equally-famous château de Chambord), I knew that I had to make it …

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Destination: Paris, France (October 2018 Edition, Part 2)

Bonjour! The first two nights in Paris during my five-night stay over the October holidays were pretty busy with sightseeing and (lots of) eating. This isn't to say that the next three nights were calm, though-- in fact, I still did quite a bit, all the while balancing it with day trips to other places …

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