France

The Stranger

The Stranger

♥ I only had 3 things in my “bucket list” on my last trip to Europe: (1) talk to locals, (2) talk to fellow travelers, and (3) buy a book from a bouquiniste. But I got so much more. ♥ . . In Paris, near […]

How I Got A “Free” Side Trip to Paris

How I Got A “Free” Side Trip to Paris

♥ ♥ If you’re a frequent traveler, you might already know this Paris layover scheduling trick. If not, read on. ♥ ♥ Last February I went on a 10-day trip to Italy and stayed there practically the entire time. I was lucky to have gotten […]

Just Dance

Just Dance

♥ ♥ Dance like no one’s watching, they say. But of course that’s kind of difficult if you’re in front of one of the most famous churches in the world, in the middle of one of the most visited cities of the world, and you […]

Where We All Go

Where We All Go

♥ ♥ Four weeks ago, as I was walking towards the Tuileries Garden, I fell in step and into conversation with a retired French schoolteacher. It actually started with him asking me if I was Japanese and when I said I was from the Philippines, […]

The Eiffel Tower: You Never Forget Your First(s)

The Eiffel Tower: You Never Forget Your First(s)

6 March 2017 —  It can’t possibly be cool, to still be gushing about my first sight of the Eiffel Tower six years and two return trips after my first first-sight, but the truth remains it’s one of my most vivid memories of my trip […]

Valentine’s Day Tickets to Paris for Only $480! (Yep, round-trip!)

Valentine’s Day Tickets to Paris for Only $480! (Yep, round-trip!)

SGMT | Valentine’s Day Tickets to Paris for Only $480! _ How does Paris for Valentine’s Day next year sound? ^_^ EVA Air, one of the top 10 airlines in the world, is currently offering round-trip tickets to Paris for only $480, for flights departing […]

Nice, Beloved

Nice, Beloved

My heart bleeds for you. 🙁 The Moment

How to Get A Schengen Visa Through the French Embassy (UPDATED 2017)

How to Get A Schengen Visa Through the French Embassy (UPDATED 2017)

The French embassy in the Philippines has entrusted processing of Schengen visa applications to VFS Global. Here’s what you need to know about the current procedure for getting a Schengen visa through the French embassy. See if you are one of the people allowed to apply directly to […]

11 Days in Europe: Paris, Venice and Rome Sample Itinerary (and Insider Tips)

11 Days in Europe: Paris, Venice and Rome Sample Itinerary (and Insider Tips)

Updated January 2017 * You know how it is. You’ve finally saved enough to go on a 2-week trip to Europe — yay!!! You don’t want to go on one of those big bus tours where you’re herded around like cattle with 40-60 other tourists. […]

How to Tell If A Tour is Good Value or Not

How to Tell If A Tour is Good Value or Not

We break down an $850 11-day tour of France, Switzerland, and Italy — its real costs, pros and cons — and discuss the questions you have to ask before signing up for any tour. * Yesterday, a friend asked me to take a look at a tour […]