A Whirlwind Visit to Paris

My flight landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport almost an hour early, a little after 7:30am. As the captain announced our approach, he told us that the temperature in Paris was +13C. Three days earlier I had been dealing with temperatures of -23. This swing in the weather was appreciated. A wave of relief washedContinue reading “A Whirlwind Visit to Paris”

Budapest: Eastern Europe’s Gem

When researching my trip, I heard nothing but good things about Budapest. Hungary’s capital delivered in a big way, living up to the hype. Often called the Paris of Eastern Europe, the comparison is justified. Budapest offers the aesthetic beauty of the French capital, at a fraction of the cost and without the Parisian seedinessContinue reading “Budapest: Eastern Europe’s Gem”

Paris: The Ups and Downs of France’s Capital City

I’ve arrived safe and sound in Paris. To get here I took the Via train from Ottawa, to Dorval, where I caught a redeye flight from Montreal to Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport. My flight went smoothly, departing and arriving on time. The plane itself was modern and spacious, even in economy. Each seat cameContinue reading “Paris: The Ups and Downs of France’s Capital City”

Summer Adventure

I’m taking a six week hiatus to Europe. It’s my first time overseas since summer 2011, when I last came to Europe. First up: A redeye flight from Montreal to Paris, where I’ll stay for a couple of days, adjusting to jet-lag. After that, I’ll probably head to the South of France, but nothing isContinue reading “Summer Adventure”