I’m not going to say the French rail strike wasn’t a headache, because it was. Oh, it was…but it was also the cause of new opportunities and new experiences. I wouldn’t exactly recommend you try to go to France (or any country) in the midst of a massive transit strike (maybe, you know…wait a few months, unless you’re only going to Paris, in which case you’ll be fine), but I will certainly say that if you already have a trip scheduled during one, you should just adapt and go for it anyway. We ended up having a great time and added some interesting and enriching experiences to the trip. Yeah, parking was a pain in the butt at times. Yeah, driving sucks more than just sitting on a train, reading a book, and watching the world go by, but it was interesting, and there was also something to the freedom of being able to stop when we wanted to stop, and explore when we wanted to explore. And there’s something to that as well.
Paris is known of the city of lights…the city of love. While it’s true that it’s an amazing, romantic, beautiful place to explore, there’s more than one trick to this pony. Paris is also edgy, hip, full of history, and more. It’s also a place where some pretty creepy things can be found if you look just below the surface. The good news for you lovers of creepy attractions out there, is that there are a lot of these places that the public can actually visit. Yes please!
So, if you’re like me and you’re interested in seeing a little bit of the creepier side to Paris, read on…
I wish I had been able to spend more time truly exploring and getting to know this beautiful gem in the Swiss Alps region, but even though I was only able to spend a little bit of time here, I was enchanted by this place.
Strasbourg is seriously under-rated. Sure, people have heard of it, especially because the European Parliament is in Strasbourg. But, when it comes to France, I hear a lot of Americans talking about Paris, maybe even Nice, Provence, or Lyon even, but I don’t hear them talking too much about Strasbourg…but they should be. This place is awesome.
But seriously…Paris is amazing. If you’ve never been, you’ll be dazzled by the iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc De Triomphe. But…there’s something about Paris. It’s the kind of place I could return to again and again and not only ever get bored, but also the kind of place I can return again and again (and again) and find something new and exciting each and every time.
I definitely recommend this tour when you’re in France if you’ll find yourself in the Champagne region. Even if you’re just staying in Paris, it would be feasible to take the train for the day over to Reims to do this tour, so definitely look into it next time you’re in the area. This was one of the highlights of my entire trip!
I was happy to learn that, thankfully, this North American driver was in for roughly similar rules of the road and generally easy driving. Still, there are a few things I found helpful to know ahead of time, and a few things I learned along the way, so I wanted to write up this post for all of you who might be heading to France and hitting the open road. So, without further adieu, here are the things you should know if you’re planning on driving in France…
I’ve been studying French for over two years, so naturally the opportunity to practice with real French speakers in France was something I was pretty excited about. Before heading out on my trip, I made sure to double down on my studies and make sure I was practicing […]
It’s not cheap, but if you’re going to be in Paris and you want to shell out for an unforgettable experience, I can’t recommend Bateaux Parisiens any more. They are the best! I can’t wait to cruise with them again next time I’m in Paris.
I’ve written about Annecy previously, and I’ve mentioned my time at La ferme de Charbonnière in this blog in several previous posts, but I had such a magical time visiting this little family-owned farm that I wanted to write up a post just about my experiences there.