How To Have A Less Stressful Departure From Paris

Gare du Nord, Paris

I will never forget our panic when 4 ladies and I headed to Charles de Gaulle airport. We decided we would take the Paris Metro to catch a train to the airport but discovered there was a strike (again, what else is new)  and the Metro to Gare de Nord was affected. Catch a taxi? Good luck in finding one. We eventually did after a lot of searching and panic. This experience taught me that even without a strike, there can be great stress in getting to the airport in the morning to catch a flight. Taxis strike too! So what should you do? Here are my two pieces of advice on how you can have a less stressful departure from Paris: Continue reading →

Van Gogh’s Paintings Come Alive In Provence And On Film

The Starry Night at The Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum, St-Remy-de-Provence

Forget the fact that he cut off his own ear. Just remember the sunflowers and the other colourful paintings Vincent Van Gogh did. He was a tortured genius and I have learned so much more about the man and artist through the film, “Loving Vincent” and during my visit to two towns in France: Arles and Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

It is in these two towns in particular where you see van Gogh’s paintings come alive in Provence and learn much more about the artist : through the Van Gogh walking route in Arles and the walk from the centre of Saint-Remy to the Saint-Paul asylum (hospital) where Van Gogh admitted himself. Continue reading →

Highlights of Montpellier During A 1 Week Stay

La Place de la Comedie, Montpellier

A while ago I wanted to take a French course in the south of France. I was able to spend a week in Montpellier not only taking classes at Accent Francais but also have time to explore the city and do an excursion to the seaside town of Sete——all without a car. I would go back in a heartbeat as Montpellier is a beautiful city that isn’t TOO big. Here are some highlights of Montpellier during my 1 week stay as well as information about my experience at Accent Francais:  Continue reading →

Paris Greeters: A Free Walking Tour Worth Taking

Chateau des Ternes, Paris

No matter how many times you visit Paris, you will always discover new sites and learn new things about the “City of Light”. I am a lifelong learner and especially love history. Recently, I took a free Paris Greeters walking tour that uncovered a new part of Paris to me. Paris Greeters is made up of volunteers who take tourists on Paris walking tours. Because I have been to Paris so many times, my challenge to my tour guide was to show me some new things and places. I was not disappointed. Some of the stories I heard were fascinating. Continue reading →