Re-discovering Montmartre

Montmartre needs no introduction. Anyone who has been to Paris, has undoubtedly trekked up the hill to see the beautiful Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur. Known for its artsy vibe, night clubs (read cabarets) and myriad cafes, this bustling village in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, providing sweeping views of the city, seems stuck in time. Taking advantage of Paris sans its tourists, I decided to … Continue reading Re-discovering Montmartre

Exploring the Champagne region

One of the last weekend trips we did before France was put under a strict lockdown, was to the renowned Champagne region. Located just 150 kms north-east of Paris, it can easily be covered in a day-trip or over a weekend, if you want to explore a little more. With about 22 trains running daily from Paris Gare de l’Est to Reims (pronounced as RANCE), … Continue reading Exploring the Champagne region

A walk through the streets of Paris

This week, France relaxed some of the confinement restrictions imposed on account of COVID-19. We were now allowed to leave home without having to carry an attestation stating why we were out AND we could go further than the 1km limit. So today I decided to just take a walk along the river and head to the city’s main areas – through the Concorde, the … Continue reading A walk through the streets of Paris

Annecy over a weekend

Since the time we moved to France, our weekends have been fairly busy. Not just over the summer but even during the winter, we made sure to take short trips out of Paris. On one such weekend in November, we took the high-speed TGV train to Annecy. Trains leave almost every hour and the fastest, direct train takes under four hours. Annecy, sometimes called the Venice … Continue reading Annecy over a weekend