Category: Travel

  • A foodie’s 24 hours in Toulouse

    A foodie’s 24 hours in Toulouse

    It goes without saying, but I’ll write it anyway – France is famous for it’s food. So, what is on the agenda for a foodie with 24 hours in Toulouse? Out of France’s five major cities – which also include Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon and Marseilles – Toulouse is often the most overlooked. For years, my […]

  • The 7 things I’ve learnt in France

    The 7 things I’ve learnt in France

    Last October, I moved to France. In the grand scheme of things, it was incredibly low-key. It was a mere skip over the English Channel (the sea which I have since learnt – but it somehow didn’t make it onto this list – is not called le canal d’anglais, but La Manche which just reads […]

  • What are the best pastries in Paris?

    What are the best pastries in Paris?

    It sounds rather dreamy, doesn’t it? Paris and pastries! The picture-perfect image: sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower with a couple of eclairs. I’m going to have to abruptly halt this fantasy to say there were no visits to the Eiffel Tower this time *sob*. We did mooch around the eerily quiet city on […]

  • French Road Trip: Ardèche to Paris

    French Road Trip: Ardèche to Paris

    A month ago, Gaylord and I filled the car, lowered the flat’s squeaky shutters, and drove off on our holiday, leaving the Bonsai plant to fend for itself (it didn’t and Gaylord is now in mourning). The plan was to take a long drive to Paris, with stops along the way in Ardèche then again […]

  • French cooking: Cherry clafoutis

    French cooking: Cherry clafoutis

    And so, finally, six months later, I’m back in France! It’s almost unbelievable to think the last time I saw my boyfriend was on a dark, wet morning in December as he dropped me off at the airport, our last kiss between two face masks. At long last – Christmas, a birthday, and, oh yeah, […]

  • 10 things you can buy only in French grocery stores

    10 things you can buy only in French grocery stores

    Moving to another country is accompanied by its customary culture shocks. Making sure you drive on the right-hand side of the road for one, and looking left then right when crossing said road. It’s surprisingly easy to forget. I’ve been introduced the famous Tabac carotte which dates back to the 19th century, Flunch which is […]

  • How to be French: A guide to eating

    How to be French: A guide to eating

    Bonjour mes cheries, bienvenue! Mon français est mauvaise. Désolée. I will continue in English, it’s better for us all. An excursion to France these days is no longer as relaxed and romantic as one might imagine. Social-distancing and masks tend to take the amour out of the air. That said, Gaylord and I reunited (with […]

  • 8 great restaurants in Wellington, New Zealand

    8 great restaurants in Wellington, New Zealand

    I lived in Wellington for six months and left in March, excited for the travels ahead while planning to upload this post about my Wellington dining experiences. Then, a pesky little pandemic happened, no biggie, so I decided to postpone it as it’s rather like rubbing salt into the wound – look at all these […]

  • The 7 things I learnt during lockdown

    The 7 things I learnt during lockdown

    Lockdown has been a trying time for us all. The world is officially closed for business and we’re all frozen in action. Some of us have it better than others, and I count myself lucky enough to be in that first category – I have a roof over my head, friends to chat to and […]

  • French cooking: Croque madames

    French cooking: Croque madames

    I’m surprised I’m writing this at all, dear reader. I’ve been staring at a blank screen, or in this case my notes app on my phone screen because my laptop suddenly and catastrophically broke, for days. You would have thought lockdown would be the perfect opportunity to bake up a storm, share those tempting treats […]