The Only Americans in La Rochelle, France

The Only Americans in La Rochelle, France

When traveling Europe, one finds that English-speaking tourists are quite plentiful in big cities like Florence, Paris and Rome. In Paris especially, us Americans are basically a dime a dozen. But in the lovely French harbor town of La Rochelle? We were actually kind...
A Blissful Sunday Picnic in a French Park

A Blissful Sunday Picnic in a French Park

Spring- a magical season wherever you may be, but one that feels particularly magical in Paris- do you know what a relief it is to feel sunshine on your face and squish grass under your toes after the dreariest, greyest winter of your life? In our own Parisian form of...
The Loire Valley in the Mist

The Loire Valley in the Mist

While driving south with my mom and 13-year old sister on our epic French road trip, we passed sign after sign for the châteaus of the Loire Valley. “Want to stop at one of the Loire Valley châteaus, mom?” “Sure. I think it would be good for your...
The Start of a French Spring: In Photos

The Start of a French Spring: In Photos

Spring is here! Seemingly overnight, Paris bloomed, bringing forth delicate blue forget-me-nots, chirping swallows and soft, greener than green grass. It has literally been sunny every single day for a week, and I can feel my spirits lifting each day. Winter, it...
A Very Special (and Asian) Announcement!

A Very Special (and Asian) Announcement!

Big news! I just booked a one-way ticket to Asia! Words cannot describe how thrilled I am to finally commit to making this long-awaited journey happen. (Or how stoked I was to score a $430 dollar flight, haha.) Come the end of August, I will be on a flight bound for...
How to Become an Au Pair

How to Become an Au Pair

One of the most frequent questions readers ask me is, “How did you become an au pair?” So I thought I'd take the time today to finally answer that question, as well as talk about my personal experience working as an au pair in France.  Just to clarify, an...
Offbeat Paris: A Guide to Paris’ Canals

Offbeat Paris: A Guide to Paris’ Canals

While it hasn't made too many appearances on my blog just yet, the 10th arrondissement, or the Canal Saint-Martin, is actually one of my favorite Parisian neighborhoods. Gritty, residential and tourist-free, there's nothing I love more than the canals in summer, when...
An Au Pair’s Day Off in Paris

An Au Pair’s Day Off in Paris

As an au pair, I work a relatively small amount of hours (30) but I work six days a week. So on Saturday, my only true day off, I try to squeeze as much goodness into it as possible. Like waking up to Indian food after a long night out at the pub… Sipping a...
Where to Stay in Paris

Where to Stay in Paris

Like most things in Paris, accommodation is outlandishly expensive. And this spring, when my mom and sister booked their tickets to come visit me in France, I immediately panicked- where was I going to lodge them for four days? As I have worked here for the last six...