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Behind the Lens: My Year Of Travel On Instagram


“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”― Gustave Flaubert This influential French novelist who wrote the great Madame Bovary has a point. The more I see the world, I feel infinitely more humbled. Just walking through the Sunday walking market in Chiang Mai, it is as easy to get lost in the hundreds of people as it is to order a fresh coconut. Way too easy. And the more I hear ignorant…

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A Weekend In Provence: A Photo Diary


The air in Provence, is just a little cleaner, once you get there. As we drove through the 100 tunnels (or more) between Genoa and Nice, me gripping the sides of the seat as Nico confidently swerved with an air of a Frenchman who has become an Italian driver. We arrived safe and sound, after I said ‘can you drive a little slower’ about twenty times, probably a guy’s worst nightmare, seated next to a self-admitted backseat driver. Our first…

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An Unworldly Place on Planet Earth, Visiting Baie de Somme

baie de somme france

Last year Nico and I visited the Northern town of Lille for one of his close friend’s wedding and had an incredible time. It surprised me just how much we loved the colorful town, people, food and windy, romantic streets. To make this weekend a little more special, we decided to make the trip a long holiday and visit a relaxing holiday town, the area around Baie de Somme, in the Picardy region. Home to one of the most beautiful bays…

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A Wine Affair in the Languedoc

Winery in souther France | Girl in Florence

As if wine in France couldn’t be more amazing, the sudden surprise of finding a region that might be utterly unpronounceable to me so far, the  Languedoc-Roussillon, is a real delight. The reason I even know about this place is because it is the childhood summer destination of my boyfriend Nico who is originally from Castelnaudary. Every summer his family would make the short trip from Castelnaudary to Saint Cyprien for a month or two under the (not always that…

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The Allure of Collioure, France

why you should visit collioure france | girl in florence blog

If you handed me a map of France a year ago and asked me to find the town of Collioure, it probably would have taken more time than I care to admit. To save you all some time, Collioure is very close to the Spanish border in the 20 mile Côte Vermeille of the Languedoc-Roussillon coastline. While I have been to this coastline, nearby Saint Cyprien where my boyfriend’s grandparents have a summer apartment, this twinkling town is a very happy new find. Once the…

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5 Reasons I Love Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France | Girl in Florence Blog @girlinflorence

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to write about the beautiful city of Bordeaux in the Southwest of France, but alas that’s what happens when life gets in the way. My reasons for visiting was to attend (and be the celebrant of) my really good friends Yasmine & Svebor’s wedding, both are from the city but currently based in Florence. I had so much fun at their wedding that I am planning a post about it but in…

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