• Belgium,  France

    Five Magical European Destinations to Experience During the Holiday Season

    The holiday season in Europe is something to be experienced at least once your lifetime. The smell of the markets, twinkling lights and festive atmosphere made me fall in love with Christmas all over again.Fortunately, I lived in Europe long enough to visit multiple countries during this season and I’ve compiled a list of the top spots to find the Christmas spirit! Strasbourg, France This Alsatian city embodies the spirit of Christmas and I was in absolute awe during my time here. Canals flowing beside colorful timber homes make Strasbourg alone a romantic destination, now add elaborate decor hanging from every door and you have Christmas done…

  • French Riviera Coast

    The French Riviera Explored

    The French Riviera or Côte d’Azur rather, is a destination one could only dream existed, except that it actually does. From charming hillside towns to bustling coastal cities, you can find high-end glamour next to laid-back seaside villages. The drive along the coast itself will literally take your breath away, as picturesque views of the Mediterranean Sea captivate you. And the food, oh the food! Don’t even get me started on the Provençal cuisine that will delight your palate. With sun, sea, food, wine, and views for days, the South of France is not to be missed. Nice Nice makes a great base to begin your exploration…

  • Monet's Garden, Giverny, France

    Monet’s Garden

    Located in Giverny, France, you will find the former residence and garden of the famous impressionist painter, Monet. His home is open for visitors every day from 9:30am to 6:30pm and the visit will cost you 9.50 euro. It is possible to visit as a day trip from Paris or Brussels but it’s best enjoyed as part of an overnight stay or included in a Normandy tour. You can tour the inside of his home, walk through his bedroom, kitchen and work studio to imagine life as Monet would know it. Several of his paintings are located in the studio and scattered throughout the house. The interior…

  • Mont-Saint-Michel

    Normandy Discovered

    Normandy is a dynamic region in Northwest France filled with history, rolling green hills and 300 miles of dramatic coastline. It’s a perfect getaway for the history buff, those wanting a lush beach getaway, or foodies ready to indulge in a cheese and cider coma. The unique combination of culture and beauty create a vast region to discover. Sites With the mindset of quality over quantity, taking it slow is the recommended way to road trip through Normandy. The four days we spent here barely scratched the surface of sites to be seen and experiences to be had. Below, I’ll share some gems to give you a…

  • Bastille day, Eiffel Tower
    Belgium,  France,  Netherlands

    Immerse Yourself: Top European Festivals

    As someone who lives by carpe diem, my goal while stationed in Belgium was to participate in as many cultural festivities as possible. Whether it be celebrating the slaying of a dragon or the memory of a deceased poet, I wanted to experience it all.  Traditions are not taken lightly here in Europe. They are deeply ingrained in the culture and are celebrated with passion year after year. To make the most of your time abroad, dive in headfirst. Perhaps you will find yourself dodging oranges in the midst of a parade or picnicking at the Eiffel Tower as fireworks dance in the sky. Next time you…

  • Canals of Petite France

    Strasbourg, France

      Are you looking for a magical winter getaway with picturesque sights and delicious smells wafting from every street corner? Well, I’ve found it in a charming city located in the Alsace region of northeastern France. Once belonging to the German empire, Strasbourg’s culture, cuisine, and architecture are such a unique Franco-Germanic blend that the city has UNESCO World Heritage status. This breathtaking destination is ideal for all seasons, but a visit during winter should not be missed. Christmas Markets To be in Strasbourg during the holiday season is like being a kid in a candy shop. Every street and storefront is decked out in such an…