Paris

Strike-d Down but Not Destroyed

Strike-d Down but Not Destroyed

Well, it finally happened. A strike — the current French rail one — has finally managed to disrupt my carefully laid travel plans. My family and I are scheduled to take the TGV Lyria from Paris to Geneva on the 29th but that is looking like a no-go at the moment.

24 Places to Spot Cherry Blossoms in Paris

24 Places to Spot Cherry Blossoms in Paris

Spending spring in Paris? Here are some of the most beautiful — and some “hidden” — places to spot cherry blossoms in Paris.

Free Things to Do in Paris

Free Things to Do in Paris

While Paris *can* be an expensive place to visit, in terms of activities it doesn’t have to be. Indeed, there are so many free things to do there that you will probably find the only thing you can’t afford is the time to do them all.

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.”

Three Mornings, Three Airports

Three Mornings, Three Airports

“Going to Italy.” Three little words but it actually took me three mornings — three flights heading for three different airports — to do it. First, I flew from Cebu to Hong Kong. I chose a Hong Kong departure over one from Manila because fares to Europe tend to be […]

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. ♥ . . In Paris, near the Cathedral of Notre Dame, you […]