• Europe,  France

    unexpected corsica

    Ajaccio, Corsica is a wonderful little find! Crystal clear water, quaint little streets, and Napoleon’s home! We got off the ship and found a market! After strolling through it and looking at all of the fresh fruits and veggies, preserved meats, and yummy cheeses, we started strolling by the ocean.   Our little ocean stroll was rewarded with the best views! Corsica really is a beautiful beach destination. There’s great sand, great weather, and the most incredible ocean! We walked over to Napoleon’s home and paid the entrance fee. It’s 7 euros per adult and 5 for 19-26 year olds. 18 & unders are free! Adult admission is granted an…

  • Europe,  France

    unexpected frejus

    Our ship docked in San Raphaël. San Raphaël is a cute little beachside town in Southern France, a place to check out if you’re in St. Tropez or Nice, or even Monte Carlo! We actually decided to check out a nearby town instead, as we wanted to see the arena from the Romans. We wheeled my grandmother the 45 minutes down to Frejus, along the boardwalk into the city. We went first to the arena, which was closed (oops). We still hung around the outside and peeked through the gate to see it.     Instead, we went to the oldest church in Provance. It was absolutely beautiful! After a…

  • Europe,  France,  Monaco

    unexpected hiking

    If you haven’t been able to tell from my previous blog posts, Nepal is very near and dear to my heart (and yes, I know I never shut up about it). Ever since visiting there, I’ve become so passionate about trekking. Because I can’t jet off to the Himalayas whenever I’d like to (unfortunately), day hikes will have to suffice, and I can’t really complain! Especially when those hikes are to little European towns! Our boat docked in Monte Carlo, Monaco, but our family decided to take the train to Eze (pronounced like PEZ minus the P), France. It was only €1.50 and 7 minutes later that we had arrived…

  • Europe,  France

    unexpected colmar

    Today I visited a fairytale town… No, really, I could swear that Belle from Beauty & The Beast was inspired by Colmar, France. I took the tram to the Basel SBB (the train station), and after searching for tickets to France (they were impossible to find), then finding that there was a separate “France” portion of the station, boarded the train. The second I stepped out of the train station, I was blown away with the charm of Colmar. It was stunningly quaint, full of life, and so so lovely. The first thing I did after wandering around a bit was stop for a little hot chocolate & writing break. I asked for…