Pastimes in Paris

Pastimes in Paris

I love Paris. I love the cafes, the cobblestone streets, the bakeries, the architecture, the language. I don’t love the second-hand smoke, the tourists (even though I am one), the pickpockets, the expensive standard of living, the lines at tourist attractions. But I still love Paris. This was my second time in this city, and…

Life in Lyon

Life in Lyon

Lyon is one of the lesser-known cities in France, but has a reputation for being the country’s gastronomic capital. Lyon is also a university city, so the demographic here is a mixture of both the younger and older crowd. I spent 2 full days in Lyon, and used an extra day to take a day-trip…

Monaco Day Trip

Monaco Day Trip

Did you know that Monaco is the world’s second smallest country by surface area, only after Vatican City? Did you also know that it has the world-famous Monte Carlo casino, where citizens aren’t allowed to enter? And lastly, did you know that you don’t need a full day to experience the city? Shocking. I left…

Made in Marseille

Made in Marseille

Marseille was the only city that I didn’t explore extensively on foot (or by bike). Instead, I went to specific places by car, chauffeured around by a friend I made from HelloTalk. HelloTalk is a language learning app where you talk to real people, as opposed to Duolingo in which you learn phrases and words…

Two Days in Toulouse

Two Days in Toulouse

Toulouse was probably one of my favorite cities. There weren’t as many tourists in September and it’s a small enough town that getting around on foot was really easy. I stayed somewhat near the city center, so as soon as I walked out the front door, I was on a cobblestone street with tons of…