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Things to do in Carcassonne: Visit the Medieval Cité de Carcassonne

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Home to the famous medieval citadel, a visit to the Southern French city of Carcassonne makes for the perfect weekend trip. Boasting 52 impressive towers with glinting slate roofs and 3 kilometres of grand concentric fortifications, the medieval cité is an astonishing sight to see. Although I would be happy to sit and gaze at the marvels of the Cité de Carcassonne architecture for hours, there are plenty of things to do in Carcassonne to keep you occupied for a…

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Couchsurfing in Europe: My Experiences of Couchsurfing in Europe

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I’ve already posted a full guide to Couchsurfing: how to set up your profile, how to find the best hosts, the best way to organise your requests and of course, tips on how to stay safe and have a great time during your stay. This time I’d like to share a few of my experiences Couchsurfing in Europe to show how varied, crazy and fun it can be. I’ve couchsurfed quite a few times in Europe and twice in India…

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Things to do in Foix: Visit the Magical Chateau de Foix

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One of my favourite things about France is that you’re always discovering beautiful new places that the majority of tourists have never heard of. While Paris remains one of the top tourist destinations in the world, the rest of France, especially small towns and rural villages, often go completely unnoticed. Even though I’m an avid traveller of France and spend hours researching the best unknown spots to visit in the country, I was completely taken aback when I was placed…

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First Time in Paris: 10 Top Things to do in Paris

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Paris is such a beautiful and huge city: there’s so much to see and do that it can be a little overwhelming deciding what to put on your itinerary and what to leave out. When searching online, you can find list upon list of the top 50, 75 or even 101 things to do in Paris. How do you know what you should really spend your precious days in the French capital? What’s really one of the top things to…

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7 Incredible Day Trips from Lyon

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Even though there are plenty of things to do in Lyon, it’s always nice to get out of the city for a couple of days and explore new places. Luckily, there are so many amazing destinations around Lyon that are easy to get to. Read on to find out my favourite day trips from Lyon. I’ve split this post into two sections: day trips from Lyon and weekend trips. This is because the last two destinations that I’ve suggested are…

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What to do in Marseille and Day Trips from Marseille

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Similarly to Lyon, Marseille is underrated as a French tourist destination. As the second-largest city in France after Paris, it can hardly be considered abandoned. However, it’s never talked about among travellers as a bucket list location in Europe. Personally, I think if you overlook Marseille on your French itinerary, you’ve definitely missed a trick. During my year-long study abroad experience, I ended up returning to Marseille THREE times. I love how the city gives off a feeling of eternal…

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Things to do in Lyon, France: Ultimate guide to Lyon

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Despite being the third-largest city in France, Lyon doesn’t usually feature on the majority of France travel itineraries. It is often overlooked in favour of the idyllic towns in the Alsace region, such as Strasbourg and Colmar, or the expensive, glitzy resorts of Cannes and St. Tropéz along the Côte d’Azur.  In fact, when I was accepted to study at Jean Moulin Université III in Lyon, I didn’t know a single thing about the city that would be my new…

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My Study Abroad Experience: Moving to Lyon, France

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It might seem like a little late in the day, so to speak, to post about moving to Lyon, considering this has been my home now since September. However, if I’d written about it in the first few weeks that I’d arrived it would have been a post full of nerves, stress and bittersweet sadness. Study abroad in France always seemed like an utterly romantic whimsical dream of mine but as I’d visited more times than I can count, I honestly…

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Amboise: Two French Chateaux, One Secret Tunnel

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Two weeks into my stay at Le Mans and we were taken on a day trip to Amboise to see two of the different beautiful chateaux in the Loire Valley. Chateau de Clos Lucé First off, we drove an hour and a half to Chateau de Clos Lucé, a small castle that was home to Leonardo Da Vinci between 1516 and 1519, where he lived at the time of his death. The exterior of the castle looks relatively modern considering its history…

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Ultimate Guide to Le Mans: A Secret French Town

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Until I was contacted about the opportunity to visit Le Mans for three weeks and take part in the French summer school, I had admittedly never heard of the town before other than as the location of a famous car race. Being not exactly interested in sports, a part of me was thinking… wouldn’t it be better if this opportunity was in Paris or somewhere along the French riviera? I had assumed that there wouldn’t be much to see and I’d…

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