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Welcome to the sovereign city-state of Monaco! It’s the world’s second smallest nation, after Vatican City. It isn’t even an entire square mile, but has a population of 39 thousand people–and 32% of those folks are millionaires. Every day the city’s headcount nearly doubles during work hours as people from France and Spain commute in…

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The Eagle’s Nest of the French Mediterranean

And now, the final stop on my tour of the South of France: Èze. But first I’d like to mention what a pleasure driving has been. The country roads are just as fun as exploring the towns along the way: from vineyards to lavender fields to intensely blue waters. Èze, referred to as the eagle’s…

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Welcome to French Hollywood!

Cannes, once a tiny fishing village named for its reedy shore, is now a grand stage of competition for film makers ’round the world. The commune is most known for the film festivals they hold every year: 1.) Cannes Film Festival2.) Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity But this picturesque city has more to offer…

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The World’s First NikeTown

For about 12 rainy hours, I enjoyed one of Europe’s favorite summer getaways. But it wasn’t summer and it wasn’t sunny. However, in no way did that prevent me from enjoying the beautiful beach town of Nice, France. The soaking wet streets reminded me of Paris. Sure, it looks wonderfully old and quaint. But Nice…

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Happy October from this French ghost village, too steep for its own good

If Gordes and Ménerbes weren’t enough to quench your South of France thirst, let me show you around Oppède. There are actually two parts of the sleepy little town: 1.) Oppède 2.) Oppède-le-vieux For centuries past, the region saw much violence, forcing early inhabitants up the rocky outcropping to fortify themselves. This area is now…

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A British Author Moved to This Perched City in the South of France. His Book Set the Tiny Town on Fire.

Next up on our tour of the French countryside is Ménerbes, another breathtaking commune atop the Luberon mountains. With a population just under a thousand people, the small town feel is painfully cute in all the best ways. British author, Peter Mayle, settled in Ménerbes in the 1980s. His most popular book, A Year in…

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A 989-year-old city of rebellion, the arts, and fine wine

Gordes–the picture-perfect commune in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in the south of France–is the stuff of fairy tales.

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My Uniform of Summer 2021

If you spot me in the wild this summer, odds are I’ll be wearing the Bliss Luxe Training Dress. It’s hot out there, and this dress was made for wicking sweat right off your bod.If you’re a portable heater like me, it’s easy to wash in the sink and hang dry while traveling. My favorite…

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The City That Took on Mass Tourism and Won

Y’all, I have good news. Italy banned cruise ships’ entry into Venice starting August 1st. The once-upon-a-time-city-state’s lagoon has been declared a national monument. 2020 reminded citizens and ecologists alike how healthy the waters were without the larger than life vessels. So a few weeks ago, when the first cruise ships since COVID-19 barreled their…

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Handwritten Notes to My-Sneakerhead-Self

I grew up with a very different sneaker mentality than I have now. I used to think you could never have enough.But the days of the insatiable sneakerhead are limited. Landfills and closets are too full. Just like average annual temperatures, the tides of consumerism are changing. I’m to blame. How about you? I want…

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