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5 Reasons to Visit Rouen, Normandy
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5 Reasons to Visit Rouen, Normandy

Rouen is the capital of the Normandy region in Northern France, and like Paris it sits on the river Seine. A city that holds so much history, culture and character, if you ever get the opportunity to visit either as part of a Normandy road trip, or as a day trip from Paris it really is worth your time. I got the chance to explore, albeit briefly earlier this year whe[...]

A Personal Response to Notre Dame
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A Personal Response to Notre Dame

It took me 5 days of looking at the work of what seemed like every street artist in Paris before I finally settled on a black and white print of Notre Dame on canvas, with a splash of red for the trees that run alongside it. It wasn't realistic, the trees that run alongside the ancient Cathedral are bright pink cherry blossom, but still that print was my first real s[...]

The Prettiest Streets in Paris
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Finding The Prettiest Streets in Paris

One of the reasons I love Paris so much, is for how elegant and spacious it feels, despite being a huge capital city. Compared to places like New York and London that are so crammed in, the centre of Paris has sweeping boulevards, a beautiful symmetry, that fabulous layout spanning off from the Arc de Triomphe, and a grandeur that comes with it's ornate buildings, fo[...]

How to spend 24 hours in Paris
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How to See as Much of Paris as Possible in 24 Hours

I know the very title of this post is enough to send some people into a judgemental frenzy about authentic travel and tourists trying to cram in as much as possible. As with anywhere if you have limited time somewhere new you’re probably going to want to see as much of it as possible, and sometimes with layovers or work travel, up to 24 hours might be all you get. S[...]

Things to do in Paris with your mum
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Things To Do With Your Mum in Paris

Happy Mother's Day to all the lovely mum's! We are taking Viv to Jesmond Dene House in Newcastle for lunch today, as a double celebration for both Mother's Day and her 60th birthday this week. I thought today would be a good day to share some of the things we got up to on our weekend in Paris a few weeks ago. It was technically the start of her birthday celebrations,[...]

Notre Dame cherry blossom
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Money Saving Tips For Visiting Paris

As one of the most famous and beautiful capital cities in the world, Paris is obviously not cheap, in fact it's known for being expensive. I was recently asked what we spent on our 3 day weekend to Paris before Christmas, and aside from one expensive meal (Ralph's - it had been on the bucket list for a while), I don't think we did too badly. I'm not one for doing thin[...]