Monday, 26 September 2011 00:59

Whether or Not to Buy the EuRail Pass

I knew that train traveling in Europe is very convenient and that it was an inexpensive way to get around so before I came I looked into buying the EuRail Pass.  What I didn't realize is how expensive the pass is or how many options there are!  After doing more research and talking to some of my friends, I decided to not buy pass for my own trip.  Instead, I would buy tickets either online…

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Published in Tips
Saturday, 24 September 2011 01:35

Europe's Famous Hostels - Villa Saint Exupéry

I can't believe that I've already been here in Nice for a week!  I have experienced so much since I have been here and staying at a hostel is one of them.  I wasn't sure what to expect when I first signed up for the whole backpacking and hosteling adventure but I have to say so far it hasn't been completely scary, though there is four more months of adventure still ahead. I am staying…

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Published in Nice
Saint Paul de Vence has a rich history going back all the way to 120BC!  However, this fortified village is best known for the artists that visited during the early 20th century during the Impressionism era.  It was a favourite spot for Picasso, Matisse, and other contemporary artists.  Marc Chagall even lived here from 1966 to 1985 where during this time, he incorporated the village and the ramparts into many of his paintings. I first…

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Published in Day Trips
I met some really great people, Katie, Marley, Shaun, and Jamie, at the hostel here in Nice and today we all decided to take a walking tour that was supposed to start at 11am.  We weren't quite sure where the tour was going to take us but wanted to check it out anyways so our gang headed towards the sister hostel for the adventure.  However had just left by the time we arrived.  We ended…

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Published in Nice
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 03:29

Diving in a Wet Suit

I signed up to go scuba diving but wasn't quite sure what to expect.  While I am a certified diver, my experience has always been in cold water diving in a dry suit.  Today will be my first time diving in a wet suit.  I wasn't too sure what to expect and just hoped that the wet suit will keep me warm enough.  Growing up in Vancouver, I learned really quickly that even in the…

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Published in Scuba Diving
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 03:16

Monaco

I spent the day here in Monaco and just took in the sites.  There is much money in the country it is unbelievable!  It might be one of my favourite places already and I've only been here for not even a day.  Maybe some day I will have enough money to step inside the Casino Monte Carlo and do some high stakes gambling after showing up in my luxurious super yacht.  Wouldn't that be the…

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Published in Daily Snaps
Monday, 19 September 2011 00:55

Where the Rich Hang Out

When I think of Monaco, I picture the rich and famous on their luxury yachts and their expensive cars vacationing here.  Gambling, suntanning, and doing whatever else that suits their fancy.  I wasn't disappointed.  While I didn't actually see any famous people, I did see more than a fair share of Rolls-Royce, Bentleys, and Mercedes chauffeuring around their passengers to various locations. Of the location that had the most collection of luxury cars was the…

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Published in Monaco
Sunday, 18 September 2011 00:40

A Long Travel Day

It was yet another long day of traveling.  I am starting to get used to getting rest on the run.  On the train or at the station.  If I am tired and there is an opportunity to catch some shut eye, I'll take it.  The ride from Lyon to Marseille was a long and quiet ride.  Not many travellers that early in the morning so I slept.  However, when I arrived in Marseille, it was…

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Published in Nice
Saturday, 17 September 2011 01:19

Paris to Lyon

I had to get up at 4am today so that I can catch the train.  I guess I didn't really think about my travel plans when I purchased my train tickets.  It probably wasn't the smartest thing to do but at least I made it.  I have to say though, trying to figure out how to print my ticket at Gare de Lyon was a bit tricky and I was cutting it a little close…

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Published in Lyon
Friday, 16 September 2011 07:28

Da Vinci, Durer, Michelangeo, and the Ancients

The glass pyramid greeted us as we walked through the archway towards the Musée du Louvre.  The icon of ancient Egypt has been modernized with glass and steel and placed in the centre of the Parisian building by a Chinese American architect.  It is one of the world's largest museums and draws in huge crowds to see the countless pieces of priceless works of ancient artefacts and art. I met up with Leana at the…

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Published in Paris
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