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Fourth of July vs Bastille Day


In 2006, I was in the south of France on 4th of July. Of course, in France the 4th doesn’t have any significance, so we spent the evening swimming in Cassis, near Marseilles. The 14th of July however, is Bastille Day – France’s national day of celebration, commemorating the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Bastille Day in Paris: By this time, we were in Paris and got to experience the madness that is Bastille day at the Eiffel Tower… “We headed to the Eiffel Tower and it was much too late to stake out a great spot so we Read more…

Paris to London – Museums & The London Eye | Day 25

So we left on the Eurostar to London at 8am. Ended up just buying breakfast on the train, and it was pretty good! It was really cool getting to London so early and thankfully we were able to check right in at our hotel, which was awesome so we got to unpack stuff and just chill for a ½ hour or so before we started being tourists again! :) So our first stop of the day was the British Museum. I took way to many pictures and you could seriously spend days there. We ended up eating lunch there, which Read more…

The Laundry List of Tourist Sights in Paris


So today we went to the same bakery and the same McDonald’s, lol. Then we headed to the Arc de Triomphe and did the Champs-Elysees walk. We climbed to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, 284 steps (I didn’t count them, I read that in the Rick Steve’s book, when I was trying to spell Triomphe). It’s an awesome view of Paris because it’s where 12 streets meet – very symmetrical views. Then we walked down the Champs-Elysees, which is pretty much just a famous shopping street. We stopped at the Peugeot store and I bought this cool squished Read more…

Versailles Day Trip | Day 23


Started the day off with pastries and McDonald’s… what? Yes… McDonald’s coffee. We went to the bakery across the street and I got pan raisin and an apricot pastry and then to the McDonald’s next door for cheap coffee. Then we did the Historic Paris walk from the Notre Dame around the south bank of the Seine and back up to Sainte-Chapelle. Then we caught a train to Versailles. It was such a fun afternoon! First we got to skip the 2 hour line and go straight in, thank you Paris Museum Pass. :) The Museum Pass is absolutely perfect Read more…

Bastille Day in Paris!


So I woke up way to early, showered, added a few things from the fridge to the “give-away” pile and then headed to St. Charles station. My pack is mysteriously heavier than on the way over. I can’t figure it out. All I have extra is 1 bottle of wine and 2 tank tops AND I think I actually used a few things… oh well. :( So I napped and did Sudoku puzzles on the way to Paris. We got a 10 trip metro pass and then headed to our hotel. It’s way out on the east side, but it’s Read more…

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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