Saint Emilion Views of Vineyards and Rooftops

In October I had the privilege of touring Saint-Émilion and the vineyards surrounding it. Saint-Émilion is a medieval city located near Bordeaux, France. The amount of history behind this village is enormous. Meanwhile,  large parts of the city’s history remain mysterious to visitors and scholars alike. Saint-Émilion has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1999! The architecture of Saint-Émilion is unique even for the area it is located in. You will never visit anywhere like it! First I will give you the 8 reasons you should visit Saint-Émilion by guided-tour. Second, I will describe my tour of the village and the chateau tour. So, let’sRead More →

Kayak in Strasbourg weekend trip to strasbourg

Join me on my weekend trip to Strasbourg, France; it’s like 72 hours in a fairy tale. Traveling on a budget is not always glamorous. Yet, Strasbourg is a great destination in France for budget travel. So, if you save up €85; even if to add onto a trip to Paris, you can have a an amazing weekend trip to Strasbourg! And here’s how: Budget Breakdown Tourism – €7,50 Food – €35.50 Accommodation – €42 Transportation – €0 Total spent on my trip to Strasbourg: €85 1 Tourism – €7,50 La Petite France – €0 My favorite part of Strasbourg is just walking through La Petite France. Plus, it’sRead More →

Covered Bridges of Strasbourg

  I was in Strasbourg, France eating a plate of homemade spaghetti in my appart’hotel when I got an e-mail from SNCF (the French rail company). Great. “Brooke, vous avez parcouru l’équivalent du diamètre de la Lune!”  So, I may not have traveled around the whole world yet. But from Paris to Bordeaux to Marseille to Strasbourg, I have managed to travel around the moon! (If France were on the moon, I suppose). 4,052 Km Through France by Train for €80 That’s right! All of this train travel was covered by my TGV Max pass (80 Euros & IBAN number required). It is unlimited train travel, limitedRead More →

5 Small Towns in France that Changed my Life Pauillac

Place. More than just a location on a map. Some places become a part of who we are. There are five small towns in France that have become a part of my personal geography. As travelers, this is what we seek. Somewhere that impacts the way we see everything else. And everywhere else. Here are five small towns in France that changed my life: 1. Moragne-sur-Gironde This beautiful city is located in the Charente-Maritime department of southwestern France, and is just along the Gironde estuary. There are two parts of town. The old city is on the cliff and includes the traditional architecture of southwestern France, and has manyRead More →

Heading to France? Train is by far the best way to travel around the country, with  no baggage restrictions, flexible times, comfortable trains, and cheap fares! Here’s how to do it! Buying a Ticket 1. SNCF Société nationale des chemins de fer français OR “National society of French railways” SNCF runs all trains throughout France, including regional and high speed. You can book train travel outside of France as well! You can buy tickets directly from their conveniently translatable website here. Some trains require an E-Ticket, which can be presented off of your SNCF mobile app that you should download here before going to France!Read More →

Bordeaux was voted the Best European Destination of 2015, but why? Because Bordeaux is the most authentic city you will ever visit. With beautiful old architecture down every street and welcoming locals, I could spend a lifetime here. And it is still up and coming! The Sister-Post to this post is: “20 Things To SEE In Bordeaux” click here to read it!   20 Things To Do In Bordeaux: 1. Kayak the Garonne Don’t get caught on a tourist bus, see the city from the river! Bordeaux is built along the Garonne river/estuary in a moon shape, giving the city it’s name, “Port de la Lune.” Bordeaux CanoëRead More →

You’re off to Paris, and you know you want to take about 1,584 photos. But where are best photo opps?! Luckily, I have lived in France for quite a while now, and after asking so many locals about their favorite views of the famous City of Lights, I am ready to share my results with you!! I’ve chosen the best views that also come with a Parisian experience, so that you aren’t just seeing the city with nothing to do! So really, what are the BEST 8 views of Paris? 1. Arc de Triomphe During my first hour in Paris, I met a wonderful localRead More →