Je t’aime: Book Recs for your #basic Francophile

Je t’aime: Book Recs for your #basic Francophile

If you’re like me, scrolling through your Instagram on a Saturday morning, chances are you’re going to come across at least half a dozen French-inspired snapshots. There’s usually some variant of the millenial “blush pink” color featured in the girl’s clothes or accessories, and a background of a boulangerie, cafe or even, for the less subtle ‘grams, the Eiffel Tower.

Sometimes there’s a bit of backlash over these wannabe Parisian’s, scoffing at our bougie fascination with Chanel and macarons. Other American tourists bemoan the French snobbery and unfriendliness. My response: get over yourself. Paris is perfect, has been for centuries, and you’re just jealous. Also, stop being so loud and obnoxious with your deafening whines about having to walk everywhere and how America is the greatest country on Earth (manners much?), your insistence on wearing neon shorts and flip flops, and your staunch insistence on ordering super-sized hamburgers when you’re in the culinary capital OF THE WORLD, and maybe the Parisians will be nicer to you. Just a thought.

My love for le Francaise began early, when my parents came home from their own trip to France and brought back both a French and English copy of the original Madeline. At the time I was so young I couldn’t read either copy, but the illustrations of the twelve little girls strolling by the Eiffel Tower and the tiger in the zoo are still seared into my memory. The pages of the books became worn over the dozens and dozens of times I poured through the books at the kitchen table.

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5 Reasons You’ll Feel At Home In The Viennese Heurigers

5 Reasons You’ll Feel At Home In The Viennese Heurigers

As many of you know by now, my favorite weekend activity involves a good book and a glass of wine, preferably in a foreign country.  So naturally, my favorite Viennese outing involved wine.  Nestled in the hilly outskirts of Vienna are clusters of local vineyards and wine taverns (also known as heurigers), stacked together on quiet cobblestone streets.  As you walk from one tavern to the next, sampling a glass of Gemischter Satz here, grabbing a plate of schnitzel there, you’re overcome with a sense of Gemütlichkeit…or as we say in Englishcoziness and warmth

My Tables of Content Heuriger 2016

Need any more convincing? I’ll give you five reasons why you absolutely MUST take the time to while away an afternoon in an Heuriger:

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Why I Travel (And You Should Too)

Why I Travel (And You Should Too)

On our return trip from Vienna, we had a 10 hour layover in Paris.  Despite the fact that we were staying near the airport which was about a half hour away from the Île de la Cité, and we were gonna have to wake up at 5 AM the next morning for our flight, I was determined to see my beautiful city.  So we quickly checked into our hotel and then called an Uber to take us to Notre Dame. Little did we know how much of an adventure it would be…

My Tables of Content Paris 2016
We made it, but with a few obstacles along the way…
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Wandering Wednesday: Austrian National Library, Vienna

Wandering Wednesday: Austrian National Library, Vienna

In case you couldn’t tell from my other posts, I kind of like to read {surprise!}.  And like most bibliophiles, I’m a fan of beautiful libraries.  So when I noticed the Austrian National Library was open for tours, I jumped at the chance to sneak a peek.

My Tables of Content Austrian National Library

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Five Things Friday: Budapest Edition

Five Things Friday: Budapest Edition

TGIF, y’all! What are your plans for the weekend? I’ll be working on getting this new apartment organized while sipping on some wine, and hopefully some more brainstorming for improving this little blog space of mine 🙂 (please let me know of any suggestions!).  

My Tables of Content Budapest
Fisherman’s Bastion in Buda

But first let’s kick the weekend off with some fun activities to add to your bucket list.  Here are a few of my favorite sites to see and things to do in Budapest:
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Sunset Cruise on the Danube

Sunset Cruise on the Danube

Oh Budapest, you were a dream!  Although we’re still recovering from our jet lag and sun burns, I couldn’t wait another day to write about our wonderful trip to Eastern Europe.

We made many memories in Budapest, thanks to our travel company, Boutique Journeys, and our own research and planning, but our favorite activity of the trip BY FAR was our river boat cruise along the Danube River.

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Pro Packing: How to Select the Best Shoes for Europe

Pro Packing: How to Select the Best Shoes for Europe

Throughout my travels, I have experienced epic packing fails.  Here are some packing hacks I’ve discovered over the years to help you avoid the same mistakes I’ve made.  That way you’ll look both stylish and comfortable and avoid this fashion nightmare:

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Ouch.

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