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The Norman City of Rouen – Things to Do & Travel Guide

Rouen is such a charming city in Normandy with a fantastic history, and it makes an excellent day trip from Paris. It’s definitely worth seeing if you have time to spend in France. I’ve been twice and have enjoyed both trips to this lovely Norman city.

Rouen

The History of Rouen

Rouen has a very long and impressive history. The city of Rouen dates back to the Roman days and became a Viking city in 841. It was actually so important that it served as the capital of Normandy until about 1060, when William the Conquerer moved the capital to Caen … Continue reading

Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2018 in Destinations
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The Awe-Inspiring Town of Nikko – Things to Do & Travel Guide

Even though Nikko’s listed as a common day trip from Tokyo, it’s a little off the beaten path. This town, which revolves around its several temples and shrines, was founded in the 8th century, but its popularity grew in the Edo period as it became the burial spot for the Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the famous Tokugawa Shogunate. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nikko

Nikko

A Brief History of Nikko

Nikko was always a town of shrines. The town was established when a monk named Shodo established Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple at the site, which you can still visit… Continue reading Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in Destinations
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Okunoshima (Rabbit Island) in Japan: The Cutest Place on Earth!

Have you ever seen those videos on YouTube of people being covered in rabbits? Most likely, they’re on the island of Okunoshima, nicknamed Rabbit Island. Since rabbits are one of my favourite animals, it was something I absolutely needed to do and it’s one of the most unique and fun things to do in Japan (and the world).

Warning: Tonnes of cute bunny pics ahead!

Okunoshima (Rabbit Island)

Okunoshima (Rabbit Island)

What’s with the Rabbits on Rabbit Island?

Okunoshima has a fascinating backstory. It was used in the 20s-40s as a chemical weapon base and was actually kept in secrecy so other countries wouldn’t know of … Continue reading

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in Destinations
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Exploring the Beautiful City of Zurich – Things to Do & Travel Guide

When I got laid off, the first thing I did was book a trip to Switzerland – with no regrets. I stayed in Zurich, and it’s an extremely beautiful city that makes a great base to see other parts of the neutral nation. There’s something about the Swiss mountains and the beautiful but humble architecture that makes Switzerland so unique, and the country’s beautiful city of Zurich is a great way to start to see it all.

Zurich

The History of Zurich

The area around Zurich had been inhabited since ancient days. Zurich as we know it today grew under Frankish … Continue reading

Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Destinations
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Following Witches in Salem, MA – Things to Do & Travel Guide

Since I was a kid, I’ve loved witches. Hocus Pocus and Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost were definitely up on my list of favourite movies. Today, I’m still incredibly into the history of witches, witchcraft, and modern Wicca, even though I don’t participate in the religion. With a huge hunger for spells, nature, and history, I went to Salem for the first time since I was 11 to see what may be considered the spookiest town in the USA, and it was pretty exciting being in a town that celebrates its occult and non-occult past.

Salem, MA

The History of Salem’s

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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in Destinations
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The Opulent Newport Mansions: Visiting The Breakers & Marble House

Newport, Rhode Island is filled with mansions, and the first two I visited were The Breakers and Marble House. Unfortunately the COVID pandemic shut a lot of the mansions down for a long time, but I hope to visit and write about them all one day.

A lot of times I wish I could live an extravagant lifestyle with endless money. Don’t you? I have a huge wishlist of material items and among them would be my beautiful dream home, completely at my design and taste. That’s why, for me, it was super exciting to go to Newport, Rhode Island … Continue reading

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 in Destinations
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A Day Trip to Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte

If you’ve any interest in French history, you may have heard of the castles Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte. Both are located not in the Loire Valley but the Île-de-France region and have a lot of history behind them, Fontainebleau in particular. On my return to Paris, the urge to see such monuments brought me on a day trip.

Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fontainebleau has a history that goes back almost one thousand years. A keep (castle tower) was built there in 1137 and a monastery hospital was built there a century later. King Philip IV of France (1268-1314) … Continue reading

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 in Destinations
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Day Trip to the Swiss Rhine: Schaffhausen & Stein am Rhine

On my way to Stein am Rhine, I got to see Schaffhausen as well. I love Swiss and German style architecture so when I went to Switzerland, I knew I had to spend some time near the German border to see the Rhine river and the towns that lived next to it. For that, I chose to go to Stein am Rhein and ended up seeing two towns instead.

Schaffhausen

Schaffhausen, Swiss Rhine, Switzerland Schaffhausen, Swiss Rhine, Switzerland

I had to go through the town of Schaffhausen to get to my destination, so I decided to make a trip out of it when I got there, and I’m … Continue reading

Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018 in Destinations
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3 Chateaux of the Loire Valley: Chenonceau, Cheverny, and Chambord

When my mom came to visit me in France, I thought a great way to spend the day would be to take a day trip to the Loire Valley, known for its Renaissance castles. We booked a tour as my mother prefers planned tours and then we set off to three castles: Chenonceau, Cheverny and Chambord.

Chateau de Chenonceau

Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley Chenonceau, Loire Valley

Chenonceau Castle is one of the most famous in the Loire Valley, and France, because of its location atop a small river. There’s no need to tell you that the architecture is absolutely stunning and definitely worthy of a visit. However … Continue reading

Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Destinations
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Colmar, One of France’s Most Beautiful Cities – Things to Do & Travel Guide

Colmar is one of the well-known gems of Alsace, the region of France that borders Germany and combines the history and culture of the two. It’s rumoured to have inspired the setting for Beauty and the Beast but whether or not it was Colmar or another Alsacian village, Colmar is definitely a town out of a faerytale.

Petite Venise in Colmar

The History of Colmar

Colmar has been around for over 1,000 years but its history has been relatively quiet. The town of Colmar grew from the era of Charlemagne to 1226, when it was made an Imperial City. What I find most interesting … Continue reading

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Destinations
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