Sneakers fit for an Indian wedding

In 2020 (yes that’s right), we all made our way to India for my sister-in-law’s wedding. What a fascinating, beautiful country, filled with fun traditions. Here are a few highlights of the customs we were lucky enough to experience: Color is important in India. Each has its own meaning–different than those we associate in the…

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Yes, this city had an insane mayor, but maybe we should know a few other things about it.

Well, this is chilly Toronto, Ontario. About 3 million people call the metropolitan area home, and that population is steadily on the rise. Believe it or not, it’s also a multicultural hub. Over half of the residents were born somewhere else. In fact, over 180 languages are spoken here. Along with a vast array of…

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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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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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The City of Museums

Welcome to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia! It also happens to be the largest city in the country. Like much of Croatia, the city dates back to Roman times. The remains of Andautonia, the Roman settlement during the Middle Ages, were discovered in the 1900s, revealing a sewer system, streets, and city walls. Now, the…

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Exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

Plitvice National Park is incredible, and crowded, and has more waterfalls than I’ve ever seen. Plitvička Jezera, as it’s said in Croatian, is the country’s biggest and oldest national park. It’s made up of 16 lakes and over 90 waterfalls. The waters are brilliant blue greens, attributed to minerals and organisms. Over a million tourists…

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