Experience a new culture, and get paid! This summer I lived and worked in France for 2 months! How? I was an Au Pair! Not many Americans do this, but nearly every European girl I met had/was! So how do you become one? FIND AN AGENCY I went through Interexchange who then paired me with a family who used Europair. Please note I am not sponsored by Interexchange.  I recommend using an agency that will give you support if it is your first time (especially if it is your first time going out of your home country). Interexchange supported me so well, but did so atRead 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 →






Experiencing Dutch culture is an essential part of visiting Amsterdam. Sometimes you have to go out of the city where the windmills and Dutch culture thrives. For my day trip (we were back in Amsterdam by 5pm) I chose to visit Leiden. How to Go to Leiden Trains run EXTREMELY regularly from the Amsterdam Zuid train station (we’re talking every 20 minutes). Take the city tram 2 or 5 to get to Amsterdam Zuid and ask the man in the window for a round trip ticket to Leiden (around €15). What to Do 1. Visit a Windmill Head to Museum De Valk Windmill on yourRead 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 →