Exploring the fairytale-like towns of Riquewihr and Colmar

Alsace, France

Since moving to Basel, I’ve been dying to explore the nearby towns and villages across the border in France. There are dozens of charming towns to choose from. But after hearing Colmar inspired Belle’s town in Beauty and the Beast, I knew I had to visit. Last weekend we decided to rent a car and make it happen. The best part is, Colmar is less than an hour away from Basel and it’s a beautiful drive through the French countryside. While in Alsace you’ll notice that this region has many Germanic elements, […]

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Shopping in Le Marais

Paris, France

Shopping Often referred to as “Old Paris”, I had heard Le Marais was the closest you could get to the feel of medieval Paris. What’s more, its winding cobblestone alleys are full of chic boutiques. Naturally, I was dying to explore this neighborhood on our last day in Paris for the French Open. Whenever I’m in a new city, one of my favorite things to do is find speciality boutiques and discover brands I’ve never heard of before. For me, this is more than just shopping, it’s a way to […]

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Weekend in Paris for the French Open

This past weekend Julian and I were lucky enough to get tickets to the French Open final in Paris. Of the four major Grand Slam tournaments (the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open), Roland-Garros, as the French Open is called, is the only one to be played on a clay court. Needless to say, Julian and I were thrilled to be attending the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world and to see two of the best players, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, face off during the […]

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Road Trip through Burgundy Part 2

Day 3 & 4: Vezelay to Paris

If you didn’t catch the first leg of our road trip through Burgundy’s wine country, you can find it here! Day 3: Vezelay to Paris Vezelay Monday morning we rose early in order to get a head start on our busy day. After a quick breakfast, we headed to the medieval town of Vezelay. Vezelay is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the revered Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene and its well-preserved 15th, 16th and 17th century houses, gates and ramparts. In the 9th century, the relics […]

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Road Trip through Burgundy Part 1

Day 1 & 2: Beaune, Dijon, and Avallon

One of the great things about Basel is that it’s located in the heart of Europe. A ten minute drive and you’re across the border in France or Germany. A few hours by train and you’re in Paris, Munich or Milan. A quick flight and you’re in London, Rome, Barcelona, or Berlin. Last Friday, Julian and I decided to take advantage of our location and do a road trip from Basel to Paris, exploring the beautiful wine region of Burgundy (or Bourgogne in French) on our way. Like many of […]

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