France

Wanderlust

Wanderlust

I think every traveler has that moment in the beginning. A sight or sound or smell triggers a visceral feeling of surreality as you realize: “Oh my God, I’m actually here.”

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 […]