9 Things to Know Before you Visit the Eiffel Tower

As of yesterday, the Eiffel Tower is 126 years old! Not bad for a building that was only meant to be temporary, and torn down after 20 years. When it was unveiled in 1889, it wasn’t popular with the Parisians, but today it’s one of Paris‘ best-loved icons and attracts more visitors than any other paid attraction in the world. 1. A case of mistaken identity It … Continue reading 9 Things to Know Before you Visit the Eiffel Tower

Bateaux Mouches Seine Cruise, Paris

Every Wednesday was a half-day at my summer acamdey in Paris, so during our first week the staff arranged for our cohort to go on Seine cruise with Bateaux Mouches. The sun was shining, the weather was warm and we were all just getting to know each other. I’d been to Paris before, but I’d never taken to the river – I’m so glad we … Continue reading Bateaux Mouches Seine Cruise, Paris

Finding the Parc des Rocher Doms in Avignon

It was only 10 AM, but Avignon’s cobblestone streets were already hot after a few hours baking in the August sunshine. The city’s medieval alleyways provide surprisingly little shade and the park in the city centre isn’t much better. Visiting the famous Palace des Papes, France’s former home to the Pope, and the Pont St Benezet, the famous half-crumbled bridge from French nursery rhymes, was … Continue reading Finding the Parc des Rocher Doms in Avignon