What used to be a several-hour carriage ride from Paris is now just a short train trip away, and it’s one that everyone should take. Many people think of Versailles only as a lavish palace and the reason for the French Revolution in 1789. But it’s more than that, which is why you should schedule it in […]
Champagne. We often think of that sparkling glass of goodness during moments of celebration or perhaps that rare occasion when upgraded to first class. During my recent travels to Reims, France, I learned the word “champagne” means so much more than an aperitif.
How many of us have dreamed of Paris—the Paris of the movies, of sun-drenched lazy afternoons, of people-watching from street cafés and grassy parks, of Prêt-à-Porter models striding down the fashionable Champs-Élysées, of the spires of Notre Dame piercing the clouds as the bells peal out over the city? This is the Paris of Catherine Deneuve, […]
The allure of Parisian life has had a strong pull on writers, artists, musicians, and many others since the 19th century. You can’t understand that attraction when you’re on a whirlwind tour through Europe or even during your first weeklong visit to Paris. No, to feel what it’s like to “be Parisian,” you have to […]
My “homework” over spring break this year was to explore two of France’s renown wine regions—Champagne and Bordeaux—and decide which is the more enjoyable side trip from Paris. My hypothesis: Each region is similar to its eponymous wine. Champagne is effervescent, elegant, and effortless; Bordeaux is complex, multifaceted, and lingering. Here’s my cheat sheet about Champagne […]
When I arrived in Paris for my father’s birthday celebration, the lilacs were in full bloom. The sun was peeking out from behind cherubic white clouds in a cerulean-blue sky. Locals lingered at outdoor sidewalk tables, languidly drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes with uncharacteristic smiles on their lips. Everyone loves Paris in the springtime; it is […]
My passions include travel (obviously), cooking, baking, and my kids. When I was younger, I attended culinary school. Not because I wanted to become a chef, but because I wanted to become a baker. I love baking and pastries. There is something calming about kneading the dough into a delicious loaf of bread or delicately […]
My European trip was a bit of a whirlwind. I was in London for a few days attending the massive World Travel Market show before I hopped on the train with fellow travel companion Lola DiMarco to head to France where our mutual friend, Ashley Chalmers of Lazy Travelers, lives. Ashley lives in the sweetest […]
Our shoebox trip was picking up steam, and Day Three would prove to be the most memorable. Whenever we are in a city together as a family, we like to rent bikes. This time we took a tour with Blue Bike Tours, one of the best trip purveyors with which I have ever dealt.
The first full day in Paris began with promise as we carried the momentum from a great night before. The kids were excited, and we were off. After grabbing some croissants at the boulangerie across the street, we walked from our flat in the 9th arrondissement to rue de Rivoli. Molly and I went in […]