Destination: Provins, France

My time in Paris during the last week in March wasn't just limited to the capital-- in fact, I'd planned to do at least one day trip within the île-de-France region. After considering several possibilities, I settled on Provins, a town about 91 kilometers away. With that said, I spent a half day there exploring … Continue reading Destination: Provins, France

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Destination: Saint-Malo & Dinan, France

While spending the long, extended Easter weekend in Rennes during my first year in France, I also did a day trip to two other small cities in the Brittany region. Considering that I'd never explored Brittany, I wanted to at least see a few places outside of Rennes, its capital. Thanks to my Couchsurfing host, … Continue reading Destination: Saint-Malo & Dinan, France

Destination: Aix-en-Provence, France

A notable university town, the city of Aix-en-Provence ("Aix" for short) is also a notable tourist destination for visitors who want to visit the south of France. It's also known for being the "city of a thousand fountains", and I wasn't surprised to see so many of them while spending the afternoon in town. If … Continue reading Destination: Aix-en-Provence, France

Destination: Arles, France

While stationed in Nîmes during my trip to the south of France, I also took a couple of day trips to nearby towns. One of them was Arles, which is most-famous for being the home of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, who'd lived there for a year. It was perhaps an hour's ride from Nîmes, … Continue reading Destination: Arles, France

Destination: Sibiu, Romania

While staying in Brasov during my time in Romania this past February, I also decided to take several day trips to other places in the Transylvanian region. Besides a short, half-day visit to Bran Castle, I also went to Sibiu, a city about 144 kilometers from Brasov. I'd heard that it was worth checking out … Continue reading Destination: Sibiu, Romania