Maddie Koerner on Solo Travel & Life in Europe

An Instagram picture may be worth a thousands words, but Maddie Koerner knows that’s not enough.  “The people that are seeing my pictures aren't experiencing the excitement I felt when I saw the Eiffel Tower light up or the friendships that I've made throughout my journeys,” she said. “This is why I believe traveling is [...]

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16 Things They Don’t Teach You in French Class

From verb tenses to conjugations, sentence structure to grammar, there’s a lot a classroom can teach you about a foreign language.  My 13-year-old decision to take French instead of Spanish (because I didn’t want to be just like my older siblings) really was made on a whim, but it was in that classroom, G27, that [...]

30+ Things to Do in Toulouse, France

Located in the south of France, the city of Toulouse offers both the conveniences of a big city and a small town feel.  I lived in La Ville Rose, or the Pink City, for a summer and compiled a list of 30+ things to do from eats to sweets, activities to attractions (including the best [...]

9 Things I Learned From My Summer Abroad

Nutella, chocolate macaroons and café au lait.  I tasted 'em all during my summer in Toulouse, France.  But beyond the good eats and stunning sights, I took in many lessons from this time abroad, ones I'll hold close to my heart for years to come.  Here are nine things I learned from my summer abroad: [...]

The Dos and Don’ts of French Fashion + Giveaway

France may only be the size of Texas, but its culture and specifically its haute couture have enamored women worldwide.  We look to coveted designers from Chanel to Dior to help us achieve that je ne sais quoi.  But no matter the little black dress or strand of pearls, one piece cannot embody an entire [...]

Photo Diary: Portorož, Slovenia

Western Europe gets a lot of hype—as it should.  Western Europe is home to stunning places from big, bustling London, England to small, charming Najac, France.  But it's a big continent, and there's so much more that meets the eye than on social media.  I remember receiving an email, asking me if I'd like to [...]

An Afternoon in Najac, France

“There goes the baker with his tray like always...” I could almost hear Belle singing as I walked through the castle town of Najac; I’m convinced Beauty and the Beast was inspired by this idyllic French village (although there is some debate).  Also one of the most beautiful villages in France, Najac is sure to [...]

7 Things to Do in Montpellier, France

Over 24,000 steps and five hours of travel time later, I can say I’ve experienced the charming city of Montpellier in the south of France.  Although it was only a day trip, the city’s beauty captivated me in the few hours I visited.  Here are 7 things to do in Montpellier, France: 1. Promenade du [...]

Inside the Life of an Au Pair in Europe

Traveling abroad often costs a pretty penny, but several women found their way around that hurdle.  Becoming an au pair opens a door into another culture, and it includes a paycheck.  (Now we're talking!) Abano, Italy made sense for Kasey Ervin after enjoying her family vacation to the country several years before as well as [...]