How To Have The Best Time In Paris

How To Have The Best Time In Paris

Paris isn’t one of the most visited cities in the world for no reason; it is my favorite destination and I can’t help but stop in even for just a couple of days whenever I’m in Europe. There’s a certain charm about the city that I can’t quite put into words but clearly others feel it too considering how others talk about Paris. Unfortunately, I’ve also met several people who didn’t enjoy their time there and when they describe to me how they spent their time, they tell me that they “saw” Paris like it was some amusement park and that they applied the same cultural expectations you have in America to their experience. You aren’t going to experience that Parisian charm by “doing” Paris quickly, and you have to do like Parisians do and go slow and enjoy the little things. 

Here are some tips that I like to give people so that they are sure to have a much better experience!

Verdon Gorge, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and the Lavender of Valensole

Verdon Gorge, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and the Lavender of Valensole

If you ask anyone what they picture when they think of Provence or the South of France, most people immediately think about lavender. Well today I will be sharing tips and photos about one of the most exciting days of my trip, when I visited the incredible lavender fields of Valensole! I also visited one of the most gorgeous villages in the region, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and then spent the afternoon kayaking the Verdon Gorge. 

Bonnieux, Oppède le Vieux, Ménerbes, and Lacoste

Bonnieux, Oppède le Vieux, Ménerbes, and Lacoste

Today I am going to talk about Bonnieux - which was my home base village - Oppède le Vieux, Ménerbes, and Lacoste. Since Bonnieux was so close by to my AirBnB, I visited it several times but I explored it the most on the same day that I visited the other three just mentioned. If you haven’t already read our overview post about visiting Provence, please do that first and you can find it here! 

French Riviera

French Riviera

The Cote d’Azur, which translates to the Azure Coast, is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world and it’s located on the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France. Also called the French Riviera, it stretches from Marseille to the Italian border. I had visited twice before this summer and had a good time but there was so much more I wanted to see during my trip in June and this most recent visit ended up being the best experience thus far! Though I only had three full days (and I recommend more to first-time visitors), I was able to pack so much in. I would agree that it was quite exhausting but I had 5 full days of relaxation in Provence to look forward to, so I didn’t mind the fast pace.

Provence, France

Provence, France

When I began planning my trip to Europe for this year, I knew that I wanted to explore more of France outside of Paris. I had visited other regions, such as the Loire Valley, the Champagne-Ardennes province (where my family is from), and Nice and Marseille, but I hadn’t yet been to Provence. Of course, Provence is well known for its breathtaking lavender fields, but I had little idea how incredible all the hilltop towns and villages were until recently. I ended up staying in the Luberon area for 5 nights and it was hands down the highlight of my trip. I got many requests from you all to write a blog post after sharing photos of that portion of my trip on Instagram, so today I aim to inspire you and help you plan your time in Provence. 

Visiting the Loire Valley from Paris

Visiting the Loire Valley from Paris

One of my favorite places that I've ever visited is the Loire Valley in France. I did a day trip there from Paris during my first solo trip back in 2015 and had a wonderful day exploring gorgeous chateaux and tasting delicious wines and food. I was looking at my pictures from that day and I honestly got really down about how awful my photo taking skills were back then. I'm by no means I'm a professional photographer now, but I have learned a lot about composition and angles and am much more patient with waiting for a shot to clear of people. Lots of people visit Paris and never venture outside the city limits and I think it's a shame that they miss such an amazing region that's so close by, so I decided that it's silly to not share my travel advice just because I'm not happy with the photos I took of the location and to write up a post for you anyway! :) 

Safety Tips And Scams To Avoid In Paris

Safety Tips And Scams To Avoid In Paris

Paris is a beautiful city and my favorite one in the world, actually. It has a charm that is difficult to describe in words but is so evident once you're there. Unfortunately, Paris is still a big city so some precautions must be taken by anyone who visits so that your charming visit stays that way.