France

How Much Does it Cost to Travel? 10 Day Girlfriend Trip to France

By Steph | January 5, 2018

Welcome to our ongoing series that asks: How Much Does it Cost to Travel? The goal of this series is to provide you with real budgets people have used for trips they have actually taken. This could be anything from a long weekend in Miami to 6 months backpacking around South East Asia. It’s our hope […]

A Guide to Bordeaux, France’s Most Famous Wine Region

By Megan Stetzel | January 5, 2017

Nestled in the South of France-ish, about a 2-hour drive from the iconic Basque Country is the beautiful wine region of Bordeaux.  At least that’s all I thought it was prior to arriving in this bustling metropolis. Yeah, I said metropolis. I wound up spending nearly 4 weeks exploring the delicious alleys and bustling squares […]

Tourist Scams I’ve Fallen For (And How to Avoid Them)

By Jessica Dawdy | July 8, 2014

I think one of the biggest challenges for any traveler is finding that balance between being cautious and being too closed off. Scams targeting tourists are a sad reality of traveling in pretty much any country, which is why I think it’s important to be aware of the most common scams that take place in […]

The Most Expensive Places I’ve Visited

By Steph | January 23, 2013

There’s a reason I’ve never been to Scandinavia before (next month will change that of course)- I can’t afford it! For all my experimentations with luxury I am still very much a budget blogger when I’m traveling on my own dime. $11 for a beer in Norway? $50 to stay in a hostel? Ouch. In […]

He Said/She Said: The Best of EuroTrip 2012

By Steph | December 4, 2012

Okay, I think I’m FINALLY done with writing about my trip so Spain, France and Italy in September and October. It took me longer to write it up then it took to actually travel the damn thing, but that’s just because Europe is so rich in interesting places, stories and foods. Instead of just hearing […]

How France Surprised Me

By Steph | November 8, 2012

Visiting France was weird. Somehow I’d avoided the country for years despite living in London. I’d visited Spain, Italy and Brussels but always skirted around the country- not for any real reason, it’s just how fate and trip plans worked out. So, although I still haven’t been to Paris (weird, I know) at least now […]

Nice When the Sun Comes Out

By Steph | October 29, 2012

So apparently I’m the “Rainy Day Girl.” Everyone has a thing, and my thing is that I get rained on, a lot. Not sure if I offended some vengeful weather god or if I just have really bad luck (ironically, as I write this my house in VA is on the verge of being assaulted […]

More Than History: the Château d’If

By Steph | October 23, 2012

Some tourist sites are really beautiful. Some have historical significance. Then, some fall into the category of literary significance. These are, of course, my favorite. One of the main reasons we visited Marseille was to see the Château d’If- former 16th century fortress, gloomy prison and (most importantly) pivotal setting in The Count of Monte Cristo […]

The Problem with French Food

By Steph | October 16, 2012

One of the most exciting things about visiting France for the very first time was definitely the opportunity to sample French cuisine. So iconic, so renowned and so tasty, we added France to Eat The World without any first hand experience. Aioli, ratatouille, bouillabaisse- so many elegant dishes I can barely pronounce… Alas, this is […]

The Absurdly Enormous Palais de Papes

By Steph | October 14, 2012

What do you think of when you think of Avignon? You might, like me, think of the Picasso painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (which was painted in Barcelona, not France). You might think of the Bridge of Avignon, which I’d never heard of but is apparently quite famous. Or you might reach back into your tenth […]

I Missed a Train (Actually, Two)

By Steph | October 9, 2012

I’m writing this from the train station in Girona, Spain. It’s stifling in this bland little cafeteria and I’m wearing my travel uniform of jeans and sneakers so I feel extra sweat and gross. This here is the NOT so glamorous part of travel- the part that’s less wonder and discovery and more impatient frustration. […]

The Closest I’ve Been to France

By Steph | November 17, 2011

So this is a little embarrassing to admit, seeing as I’m a self styled travel expert and all, but here it is: I’ve never been to Paris. Or anywhere in France actually. I’ve been to Spain, Italy, Holland, I’ve even spent a year living just across the channel in England, but I somehow never made […]