All posts tagged: France

24 hours in Paris - what to see and do, Accor Hotels competition

24 hours in Paris: things to see and do

Inspired by Accor Hotels “24 hours in…” competition, I have decided to write up the best things to see and do in 24 hours in Paris. 24 hours is not a lot of time, and there is so much I would recommend seeing. However, I have done my very best to offer you, lovely readers, the best that Paris has to offer. One thing I tell anyone going to Paris is to forget the metro. Ok, so the metro is fine, but to really experience a city there is no better way than walking, especially in Paris. Therefore, this guide takes its inspiration on how close the various sites/sights are to one another. Bunched together in terms of location and arrondissement, this guide offers you a great insight into the beautiful city of Paris, whilst offering you things off the beaten track! To make life easier and show you that you can do all the things mentioned here in 24 hours, I have created a map showing all the places listed in this guide, and some great …

Autumn in Paris Luxembourg Gardens and Tuileries Garden

An Autumn must in Paris: Walks in the Luxembourg and Tuileries Gardens

It’s safe to say that Autumn has officially arrived in Paris. Paris is the perfect setting to put on your warm scarves and gloves, comfy shoes, and head out for a stroll around the city’s beautiful gardens and parks. There’s nothing that I like more than taking a leisurely walk around the Jardin des Tuileries and Jardin du Luxembourg people watching and kicking the fallen leaves beneath my feet. As you’ll see in the photos below, I was also in the Jardin du Luxembourg at sunset, which offered some fantastic views of the falling sun behind the crisp orange leaves. If you have any favourite things to do in autumn in Paris, let me know! Le Jardin des Tuileries Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Autumn Travels

September and October travels: Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Paris!

Anyone who follows my Instagram or Facebook will have noticed that I’ve been galavanting around quite a bit recently, and it’s safe to say that this September and October have been somewhat of a whirlwind for me, and November won’t be so dissimilar. In September I went to Italy with my parents, exploring the cities of Pisa, Lucca and Florence. It was my first time going to all of these cities, and I had such a wonderful time. Italy is just a beautiful country. October saw me travelling via Eurostar to my favourite place – Paris. I went with my friend Aurora, and we stayed at a friend’s apartment (shout out to Geoff if he is reading this!). It was great being back in the city I have missed it so much! I had the fantastic job of taking Aurora around many of my old haunts and managed to do and see some things I had not done before. Whilst it makes me sad that these trips are in the past, this November I lucky …

Holiday in Ternand France, view by the swimming pool of the countryside

A week in France

I have just returned from a week long holiday, staying in wonderful France. I was staying with my boyfriend and his Grandparent’s at their home in the middle of the expansive French countryside. My home for the week was in Ternand, a small and very quaint village in eastern France. We had a fantastic time, providing us with the opportunities to relax by the pool, go for afternoon strolls and just to enjoy being at one with nature. It was super hot to begin with, but we were often confronted with storms and rain. It was really nice to be able to just sit back and relax. Whilst visiting busy cities can be really enjoyable, sometimes the peace and quiet are much needed. Here are just a few photos from our holiday, and keep checking back on my blog as I am in the process of writing up some blog posts about the different things we got up to in France!

Brooke Au Pair Paris, France

The Au Pair Series: Brooke in Paris

Becoming an Au Pair Where and when were you an au pair? I au paired for six months in Rueil Malmaison, a lovely western suburb of Paris. Unfortunately the “ten minute” commute from the house to the RER station turned out to be a 25-30 minute bus ride and 20 minute RER ride….make sure you google map and research your location before arrival. This family and I had a six month agreement so the commute was not a big deal. I then worked for a family in Croissy sur seine for the summer (the month of August) and loved each moment of the day. The mother was a stay at home with two lovely young boys. We had so any fun adventures. Currently, I am working in Paris from September to July in the 2nd arrondissement for one five year old. I am loving the varied experiences. Why did you choose to go au pairing in that particular country? Like most American girls after watching Passport to Paris (the 1990s Mary-Kate and Ashley film), I decided …

Caitlin Au Pair in South of France, Au Pair Tips, Au Pair Guide

The Au Pair Series: Caitlin in the South of France

Becoming an Au Pair Tell us about yourself! My name is Caitlin Houston! I’m a 20 year old living near Glasgow, in Scotland. I study International Business with Modern Languages (French, Spanish & Italian) at the University of Strathclyde. I’m just starting my third year of University, and next year I’ll be studying in France for a full year! Where and when were you an au pair? I was in au pair in the Summer of 2015 in the South of France. I lived in a tiny village in the Midi- Pyrenees, called Mazères, that I imagine you wouldn’t really know unless you were from there/had friends there. It was very small and so cute, and had such a buzz around it for such a small village! I was around 30 minutes away from Toulouse and 40 minutes away from Carcassone, but very remote and in the countryside. It was beautiful. I au paired for 3 beautiful girls, aged 8 months, 3 years and 9 years old. My host mum was an air hostess (but …

Paris Metro sign, black and white

A return to Rainy Paris

After being back in England for a month, last weekend I was headed back to Paris.Sadly it was only for a weekend, but any amount of time spent in Paris is sure to be appreciated. Despite having lived there for the past year and calling it my home, as I boarded the plane I couldn’t help but feel a little nervous. This time I was somewhat of an outsider – I was no longer the current au pair, and so it felt a little different visiting the city that had stolen my heart. Despite these minor worries, I was super excited to get back to the city of Lights and couldn’t wait! Although the weather throughout the entire weekend was pretty awful – rain everyday – I still had a wonderful time meeting with some of my closest and dearest friends who still live in Paris, as well as spending time with my au pair family. As soon as I stepped off the metro to meet one of my French friends, I knew that I …