Les marchés de Noël à Strasbourg et Colmar

The cute town Colmar

If you’re visiting France close to Christmastime, you must visit Strasbourg and Colmar. Just two hours by train from Paris (albeit our OUIGO train was 3 hours late…), these two cities are famous for their Christmas markets, which date back to year 1570. While Strasbourg is more well-known and slightly bigger, I preferred the markets and neighborhoods of Colmar. You can easily take a 30-minute train between the two. We decided to stay two nights in Strasbourg and just took a day trip to Colmar. A friend of a friend based in Strasbourg also recommends visiting the nearby Kaysersberg if you have time.

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A night at Hôtel Design Secret de Paris

Earlier this month, the Hôtel Design Secret de Paris reached out to me and offered a night’s stay at their beautiful hotel here in Paris. How could I say no to that? While reading reviews of the hotel online, I was pleased to hear people describe the place as “dreamy”, “intimate”, and “beautifully designed”. I couldn’t wait to experience it for myself.

The invitation came at actually the perfect time for a staycation, as Tyler and I have both been pretty busy with our own activities lately. He got home past midnight all week due to musical rehearsals (the debut is tonight, by the way!), so it was relaxing to spend quality time together exploring a different neighborhood. This was actually the first hotel we’ve stayed in together in Paris. It was a weird realization, but I guess it doesn’t normally make sense when you’re living in the city.

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La Côte d’Azur: Nice and Monaco

Opéra Plage, Nice

For the three-day weekend, my friend Laureen and I hopped on an hour flight to the beautiful south of France. In search of sunshine and blue waters, we were greeted with pouring rain and thunder… but it finally cleared up for the second half of the trip (as you can see in the photos).

The people we met in Nice said we had picked the right time to visit (despite the unpredictable weather), since once it hits June, tourists flood the city and the population can increase ten times!

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