Places : Château de Chantilly

Château de Chantilly is located 40km north of Paris – an approximate forty-five minute drive. Wikipedia lists it as a historic château – aren’t they all historic though? As part of our historical reading in my french class last semester, we read the memoirs of Madame de Sévigné, and our french teacher advised that we…

Brussels in 48 hours

I was doubtful at first whether two days was enough for a stay in Brussels. It is. Between indulging in some of the national foods – chips, waffles and chocolate – seriously courting heart disease and obesity at the same time; we found time to do the hop-on hop-off bus tour, visit Mini Europe and…

An artist and a baker

He is first an artist, then a baker. This is what Bruno, just Bruno,  the man who plies students and passers-by alike with his pastries and tarts from his boulangerie on rue St.Jacques in the sixth arrondissement tells me. For the first month while making my way to my French class, I would quickly slip…

Canal cruising in Paris

It was definitely not as interesting as the Seine cruises are, but it was good to learn about the Paris canals. We boarded the boat at Parc de la Villette – mistakenly thinking the boat would return there after the cruise. Note: It is a one-way trip between Parc de la Villette and  Musee d’Orsay.…