March 25, 2014

Decoding French Coffee: Why is the coffee so bad in France and what should I order?

Oh la la! We all know the classic French clichés : croissant for breakfast, wine for lunch, baguettes & bad service but when you dig a little deeper into French stereotypes you will discover that in the country where cafes are sacred, the coffee is not. Coffee in France has a reputation for being la merde. Not […]

March 20, 2014

Finding a Paris Apartment Rental

It’s surely the #1 concern of travellers to this great city. It’s what I read about in expat forums and what I hear about from international students coming to Paris to study : Where am I going to live? How am I ever going to find a place to live in Paris?  As in many […]

January 10, 2014

A Taste of Morocco in Marseille: Place Lorette

Tucked in the side streets behind the Vieux Port, not far from the popular quartier du Panier, is a real treat. A specialty. A taste of Morocco in old Marseille. Place Lorette is a light and delicious brunch spot; sweet and savory and very welcoming. This is where you will want to spend a sunny Sunday […]

December 13, 2013

A Warm Welcome Home: Wedgewood Hotel Review

There’s a reason why the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa in Vancouver has been placed on Conde Naste’s Gold List and named Reader’s Choice  #1 Hotel in Western Canada and Traveler’s Choice Luxury Hotel by Tripadvisor, among other honours. It’s warm welcome, rich rooms and exceptional customer service provided me with a much needed and gentle re-entry to […]

November 11, 2013

Gardens, Art & Soup: Things To Do in Marseille

Early in September I was sent on a lovely little assignment by Grown-up Travel Guide, which found me sat comfortably in 1st class on the TGV from Rouen to Marseille. Four fascinating and lux days in the European Capital of Culture! Gardens, art, caves, famous French fish soup and so much more were discovered on […]

October 19, 2013

Oh la vache! Discover Normandy wine and food at La Fête du Ventre in Rouen

The busy and très gourmet Fête du Ventre, meaning the Festival of the Stomach, is the must see-taste-do event of the Norman region. Vendors, farmers and local producers from around Normandy gather in the centre of Rouen, surrounding the Vieux Marche, to share and sell their gastronomic delights. Hosted by la Ville de Rouen, the […]

October 15, 2013

The Marius Fabre Savonnerie in Salon-de-Provence: A Marseille Soap Tour

I absolutely loved visiting the Savonnerie Marius Fabre in Salon-de-Provence last month; fascinating and a delight for the senses, this Marseille soap tour was full of lovely sweet smells, production secrets, family history and many appealing photo opportunities. The family of Monsieur Marius Fabre has been creating and manufacturing the famous soap of Marseille, or […]

August 21, 2013

Dining & Design at Droog in Amsterdam

A recent trip to Amsterdam found me recharging for a few hours at Droog, a light and lovely studio, cafe and hotel in the historical centre of this city known as “Venice of the North”. Crossing everyday objects with pleasing and functional art, Studio Droog is a beautiful space that offers well-designed and quirky pieces […]

July 1, 2013

Canada, My Love, My Freedom

It’s true. Absence does make the heart grow fonder. At least in this case.  The longer I am away from Canada, the more I love and appreciate the colourful, inclusive, safe and just plain cool country which I call home. Being Canadian grants me so many freedoms; to be me, to travel the world, to […]

June 26, 2013

Start the Day at the Stayokay Rotterdam: Hostel Review

Nevermind my sweeping generalization, if there is one thing I’ve learned from having lived in the Netherlands for a year as well as coming from an oversized Dutch family, is that the Dutch are clean. Impeccable, shiny, spotless. Generally. This same generalization can be applied to the Stayokay Hostel Rotterdam. Bright and polished, the Stayokay Rotterdam was […]

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