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31 Reasons to Love the Frioul Islands

31 Reasons to Love the Frioul Islands

If there’s a place in my travels that I want to keep to myself and, at the same time, convince the whole world to visit, it would have to be the Frioul Islands.  Here are 31 reasons why I love this group of islands off the coast of 

The Frioul Islands

The Frioul Islands

The Frioul archipelago is a group of islands off the coast of Marseille. It includes the island of If, which is where the Chateau d’If of The Count of Monte Cristo fame is located. Ferries to the islands leave from Marseille‘s Vieux Port at regular 

3 Things That Will Surprise You About Paris

3 Things That Will Surprise You About Paris

* * 1. The French are nice. * Parisians in particular have a reputation for being aloof and snobbish, and as tourists from a third-world country, we were prepared to be ignored or looked down on. Surprisingly, none of the French people we met were 

Hot and Cold in Paris

Hot and Cold in Paris

My first visit to Paris was in the fall of October 2011. When my sister and I emerged from the Champ de Mars train station, we were still wearing wearing the clothes we had on for our 13-hour flight: in my case, a light dress, 

The Schengen Visa: General Information

The Schengen Visa: General Information

A Schengen visa allows you to travel to any country in the Schengen Area. In other words, once you obtain a visa from any of the Schengen countries, you can travel to all of the Schengen countries. (For avid travelers like myself, this is the drool-worthy equivalent 

Getting a Schengen Visa at the French Embassy: What You Need to Know

Getting a Schengen Visa at the French Embassy: What You Need to Know

_ The French embassy in the Philippines has just recently delegated processing of Schengen visa applications to VFS Global. Continue reading this article — including the Comments section! — for my personal experience and tips on applying for a visa, then head to my new article How