Giverny, France

When we think of France we like to think about the iconic figures: The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, or the Beaches of Nice. I experienced France…well Paris…for the first time at the mere age of 12. It was full of tacky t-shirts and Disneyland Paris. When I decided my return this past spring, the authentic side of…

Putting the “Solo” in Travel

I got my first taste of solo travelling this year in April. I left home – this safe, food filled sanctuary that we all know as; and parted for Europe — Italy to be exact. I was able to fit in 4 beautiful countries in 9 weeks total. Reminiscing on the plane back to Vancouver, I…

How to Eat/Stay Healthy in Europe

Yes, this title sounds ridiculous and almost impossible as a backpacker. Don’t get me wrong, but you get to that point in your travels where you really miss the taste of spinach or a fresh carrot. Spending two months in the three food capitals of Europe (Italy, Switzerland, and France), you get to know your…

Paris: Then and Now

At the mere age of 12 (little Charlotte!), I got my first taste of the “city of love.” Being so young, I did all the touristy things; the Louvre, Museé d’Orsay, climbed Eiffel Tower, Disneyland Paris etc. Eons later, now in my 20’s, it’s safe to say this experience was a whole lot different. I…