6 months: 8 countries, 14 cities

My post-grad plan, my redo of study abroad and my year of teaching English in France is over! What an experience, what a trip.



Cities I visited: Reykjavik

Landmarks I visited: Viking World Museum, Blue Lagoon



Cities I visited: Lyon, Bourg-en-Bresse, Paris, Amiens, Grenoble, Annecy

Towns I visited: Oyonnax, Bellignat, Charix, Apremont, Samognat, Creil, Montataire, Nogent-sur-Oise, Pierrefonds, Versailles, Beauvais, Perouges, Villefranche-sur-Saone, Nantua Continue reading

The most beautiful villages of France- Pérouges edition

When I studied abroad in Montpellier, my friend Elisabeth recommended the historical village of Pérouges as an excellent afternoon trip from Lyon. When I visited Lyon, though, we didn`t have the time to make the trek, but after hearing her rave and seeing her amazing photos, I knew I had to go! Fortunately, living in Oyonnax I`m a lot closer to Pérouges than I was in Montpellier, so back in November a whole group of us language assistants decided to take an afternoon and visit this raved-about medieval walled town.

How to get there

Pérouges doesn`t have its own train station, but is very close to the train station of Meximieux. It took a couple train changes from Oyonnax, but once I got there Pérouges is less than a 20 minute walk from the train station.

Les plus beaux villages de France

This independent French association tries to showcase small-town French beauty- and so about 150 towns and villages scattered across the French countryside are labeled with a sign advertising them as ¨The most beautiful villages of France¨.  You can check out the full list here, if you read French. Pérouges certainly deserves the designation! Its a storybook town, perched up on a hill, that seriously transports you back in time. We had so much fun wandering around the little streets- and enjoying the local speciality – the sugary galette. You don`t need a whole lot of time to enjoy Pérouges- 3 hours sufficed for us! Enjoy! Continue reading

TAPIF Year Travel Destinations

When I first studied abroad in Montpellier, I wrote a list of places that I wanted to visit while I was in France. After a very short period of time, the list looked like me listing every country in Europe. Well. I can’t do that in one year abroad- without totally blowing my bank account- so I had to narrow it down. This year, once again, I am taking off on a months-long European adventure, hoping to squeeze in some budget travel. The places I’m dying to visit this year are:


Berlin has been my #1 European travel destination for a while now! As a history buff, there’s so much to see in Berlin: Checkpoint Charlie, various WW2/Holocaust museums, the Reichstag, etc. I’d love to visit and be able to explore a major world capital that was once behind the Iron Curtain. (Read about my trip to Berlin here.)

Skyline of Berlin

Skyline of Berlin

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