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75th Anniversary of Dieppe Raid

Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid (or Operation Jubilee) on 19 August 1942 and as a tribute, I would like to share some of my photos taken in 2008. When I first visited Dieppe in June 2008 with my spring semester classmates from the BISC, I knew very little about the significance of …

Travel

Dunkirk Refugee Camp

One month and two weeks ago, I set off to volunteer for 2 days in Calais to help sort donations for refugees (or some may prefer to use the terms asylum seekers or migrants). Little did I know that within an hour of arriving in Calais, I would join five others from the UK to …

Travel

Castle du jour: Chateau-Musee Dieppe

Up on the hill of Dieppe in Normandy, France stands a 15th Century castle, Chateau de Dieppe. The castle was originally built in 1188 but was destroyed in 1195. Eventually, the castle was restored and expanded between the 14-15th Centuries. In 1903, the town bought the castle and, until 1923, the castle house barracks. Today, …

Travel

Château de Gudanes

One of the chateaus that the Tour de France passed by in 2015 was Château de Gudanes. In this footage on their Instagram page, you can see the château in the background. Château de Gudanes is a formerly abandoned mid-18th Century chateau in the Chateau-Verdun village in the south of France. ‘Le Roi des Pyrénées’, the king …

Travel

Eating in Paris

Continuing on with the temporary Paris theme, here are a few places I dined at in Paris in January 2015. Les Éditeurs 4 Carrefour de l’Odéon (6th arr.) Les Éditeurs is a cafe, restaurant, lounge bar, tea salon, and library all in one. This special cafe-restaurant is where many publishers and authors have promoted new books. I’m …

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My Observations & Tips on Paris

Paris is not always a good idea. One year ago today, I arrived in Paris, thinking I would spend a year in the City of Light to become fluent in French. I was to attend CCFS (part of Sorbonne University) as a student then work afterwards. As I flew over the city, I could see the Eiffel …

Fashion Travel

Paris: Repetto Boutique

Dear readers, I will temporarily return to blogging on Paris as I prepare for my big move to London. Today I will share with you a few photos I’d taken from the Repetto flagship boutique on 22, rue de la Paix near the Opera Garnier in Paris back in April. Repetto – A Brief History …

Beauty Travel

Fragonard’s Marché aux Fleurs

I had been searching for the longest time for a fresh fragrance with lily-of-the-valley. Fellow Canadian royal watcher on Twitter, Fabulously Styled, had brought back Fragonard’s Muguet (French for lily-of-the-valley) from her last visit to Paris so I was hoping to get one too. By the time I visited Fragonard in Paris, however, the eau …

Travel

Paris: The Best Rooftop Views for Free

Continuing from my last trip to Paris in April, I would like to recommend two places where you can have the best view of Paris for FREE. You don’t even have to buy a drink! (I know there are more places but I’ll have to explore some more next time.) These two places happen to …

Lifestyle Travel

Nina’s Paris & Marie Antoinette

While I was visiting the Galeries Lafayette in Paris two months ago, I found a pretty pink tea caddy called Thé Original Marie-Antoinette by NINA’s Paris. As a major fan of Marie Antoinette, I thought it was the perfect souvenir to take home. Of course, wanting to know more about the history behind Nina’s Paris, …

Fashion

Ballet Shoes by Ballet Shoemakers

Ballet flats. Flats. Ballerinas. Ballet street shoes. These are some of the terms for our favourite flat shoes. What makes some ballet flats even more special? The ones made by pointe shoe manufacturers! Ballet Beautiful Ballet Beautiful recently came out with street ballet shoes with the same pretty ribbons, only they are tied from the back and …

Travel

Ladurée’s Thé Marie-Antoinette & Macarons

On my last day in Paris during my most recent visit in April 2015, I paid a very last-minute and quick visit to the Ladurée salon on the Champs-Élysées. This salon opens from 7:30-23:00, Mondays-Fridays, and until midnight on Saturdays (until 22:00 on Sundays). I only had time to buy one macaron and I decided to try the …