Top 4 things to do in Colmar, France

Last week I blogged about the fairytale town Colmar in the Alsace region in France. It is the most charming place I have ever been to. The storybook place is especially magical in December when the Christmas market and Christmas lights cast a special spell over the old center. But no matter what season you go to Colmar, you will be amazed by its beauty and charm. In autumn fall foliage golden and red colors luster the streets. And in spring and summer blooming bushes and vibrant colored flowers … [Read more...]

Citytrip to Colmar, France’s fairy tale town

A popular Christmas shopping destination is the fairy tale town Colmar in the French Elzas region, 73 km south of Strasbourg. I was there in summer when everything is in full bloom, but the town's undeniable charm is magical in any season. Colmar's old town is like stepping into a real life 'Beauty and the Beast' scene. Think pastel coloured, timber framed houses, canals and bridges overhanging with flowers, picturesque squares, adorable shops and many heritage sites. In December the Christmas … [Read more...]

Citytrip to Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Strasbourg has never been on my bucketlist, but after a visit to this beautiful city, I think it should be on everybody's. Early June I visited the city on a Saturday and I fell in love with the place. It is not too big, everything is within walking distance, so you can cover all the must-sees in one day. The ambiance is very friendly and almost provincial with a mix of the French and German influences. It also feels like stepping into a time capsule because the historic city center is well … [Read more...]

Great Escape to île de Bendor in the Côte d’Azur

ile de Bendor

I'm a real island girl so whenever I get a chance to escape to one, I do. This summer I discovered the most adorable little island just 5 minutes off the coast of Bandol in France. Ile de Bendor, or Bendor island, is also called ' the island of arts'. It was bought by Paul Ricard in the 1950s when it was nothing more than rocks, barren and wild greenery. Paul Ricard transformed the island into a Mediterranean garden with peaceful seaside walking routes, lush gardens and colourful … [Read more...]

Bandol winery tour

When you say Bandol, you say rosé wine. Bandol is the capital of the most prestigious French wines and especially French rosé. The Bandol wineries region, La Cadière-d’Azur, is the only wine region in the world that is dominated by the Mourvèdre grapes. My vacation in Bandol therefore had to include a tour past different vineyards and wineries. In fact, it'll be hard to ignore them if you are driving around because they are literally everywhere. With my Sunny Cars rental car, packed … [Read more...]

Postcard pictures from île des Embiez

ile des Embiez

The island of Embiez, or île des Embiez in French, is one of those islands you don't want to leave. After visiting the French island Porquerolles last year, I was determined to find an equally blissful experience this year. I love the beaches on the Côte d'Azur, don't get me wrong, but I was looking for more natural surroundings and more intimate, smaller coves.  The French call them criques (pronounce as creeks). Thanks to a local wine farmer I visited the day before, I was directed to île des … [Read more...]

Côte d’Azur Travel Tip: Le Castellet

If you are one of my regular readers you must have noticed that I have a soft spot for small, quaint villages. Wherever I travel in Europe I try to discover these little gems that can satisfy my photography addiction and nurture my wanderlust. I just love to feed my curiosity as I roam the streets and meander into backstreets and hidden courtyards. So while staying in Bandol, a French seaside town, I also ventured into the backland to the medieval village Le Castellet. I had read and heard a lot … [Read more...]