Leah Walker

February 13, 2018
Back to School: Learning French at Château de la Mazure premium
Travel from Paris’ Montparnasse train station to Laval took less than two hours, but felt a world away from the frenzied city. It’d been two years since I’d visited the Loire Valley, but it had become one of my favorite regions in France for its wine, rural landscape, and châteaux. During the summer, I was […]
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18 Places to Go in France in 2018 (from someone who lives there) premium
Well, hello 2018! I say this every January, but can you believe how fast last year flew by? In last year’s post, “17 Fantastic French Experiences to have in 2017,” I recounted some of my favorite things to do in France. This year, I’m giving you 18 places to go in France in 2018. These […]
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December 20, 2017
Reasons to Visit the Lorraine Region in France premium
What comes to mind with the mention of eastern France? Perhaps it’s the storybook town of Colmar, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, or the bubbles of Champagne. These well-known spots are certainly lovely, but many visitors to France are missing out on Lorraine, the land sandwiched in between Champagne and Alsace.
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November 16, 2017
Fueling Travel Dreams in Las Vegas (Plus a CRAZY Hotel Sale) premium
Flipping through my recently expired passport, I became nostalgic for my last ten years of travel. Stamps and visas opened the memory floodgates to the five continents and countless countries I’d visited. It was like I was looking through a vintage View-Master toy. However, there was no stamp for the place that most foreshadowed my […]
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October 25, 2017
A Basic Guide to Burgundy Wine premium
Understanding wine in France is complicated, but thankfully, drinking it is simple. There are 11 primary wine-producing regions in France, with more than 300 AOC {Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée} distinctions making red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines. According to WineFolly.com, there are about 2,900 types of French wines. That means it would take eight years, drinking […]
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September 22, 2017
5 Things to do in Beaune, France (Other than the Wine) premium
My first trip to Beaune was around Christmas 2012, which was also my first time in France. I was initially drawn to Burgundy for its world-class wine, but upon arrival, was struck by small-town France. Hailing from a tiny farm town myself {though cotton instead of grapes}, the slower pace spoke to me. I knew […]
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