Day trips from Paris that avoid the crowds

I’ve been living in Paris for over 2 years now, going to new museums, restaurants and hidden corners whenever I can. I’m still discovering hidden treasures even now! Many people who come to France stay in Paris for the duration of their trip, it’s easy to see why as there’s plenty to keep you busy here for a week or more. However, taking day trips out of the city allows you to experience the country’s rich heritage, impressive buildings that form the legacy of its legendary monarchy, now a republic and therefore open doors. Castles, forests and palaces all beautifully preserved and waiting to be explored. Most people automatically head for the Chateau of Versailles which is a beautiful palace, but hoards of crowds can make it difficult to enjoy. I can of course offer advice on avoiding the queues and busy times, but I also have some alternatives to present you that I myself have enjoyed more than Versailles. Continue reading “Day trips from Paris that avoid the crowds”

Weekend City Breaks: Porto or Lisbon?

After a week in Portugal I was totally in love and already wondering when I could come back, or even if I could feasibly move here! The ancient culture, fresh flavoursome food, gorgeous architecture and laid back culture are just a few reasons why it’s easy to fall in love with this country. 

Most people visit either Porto or Lisbon on weekend city breaks, with both cities well suited to such a trip. We on the other hand decided to do a 8 day long holiday visiting both cities for three days each and 2 days in Sintra. Both have different activities to offer and different cultural identities, read on to find out my top tips for both.  Continue reading “Weekend City Breaks: Porto or Lisbon?”