Destination: Najac, France

Najac is a small, but notable village located about 110 kilometres northeast of Toulouse. It's known for its eponymous château, which looms on a verdant hill and offers a picturesque, postcard view from a distance-- it's no wonder, then, that Najac is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France ("les plus beaux … Continue reading Destination: Najac, France

Destination: Rocamadour, France

Nestled deep inside a regional park in the very north of Occitanie is the tiny village of Rocamadour. What makes this semi-hidden place unique is its numerous churches and homes, all built along the slope of a green hill that overlooks a sweeping valley of forests and more hills. Its distinctive look, along with its … Continue reading Destination: Rocamadour, France

Destination: Toulouse, France (June 2019 Edition)

This month marks nearly one year since I visited the southwest of France, particularly the city of Toulouse and its surrounding towns. Granted, I'd gone to Toulouse several times in the past, but this visit was different in that it was in the summer. As a result, I got to experience the French southwest from … Continue reading Destination: Toulouse, France (June 2019 Edition)

Destination: San Sebastián, Spain

Also called "Donostia" in the Basque language, San Sebastián is a coastal city in northern Spain, just 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the border with France. It is a popular beach resort, as plenty of tourists flock to the sandy shores for surf and sun in the warmer months. San Sebastián would be my final … Continue reading Destination: San Sebastián, Spain

Destination: Salamanca, Spain

A notable university town, Salamanca is a city steeped in its love for higher learning. Its university attracts thousands of international students to the city each year, one of the highest in the country (16%). This western Spanish city is equally-filled with history, along with its passion for education, that draws many in for a … Continue reading Destination: Salamanca, Spain