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 [...]

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A Weekend in the French Pyrénées

“Let’s get rich and buy our parents homes in the south of France.”  Ingrid Michaelson sure knew what she was talking about in her song "You and I" because the south of France is absolutely stunning.  (But sorry, Mom and Dad, because I’m buying a house for myself in the south of France before I [...]

Photo Diary: Toulouse, France

It’s a big city but also a small town.  I’ve never been anywhere like Toulouse: a bustling city with multiple metro lines yet boasts a small town charm.  This city and its culture are incredibly beautiful, and these few snapshots can’t even convey all of its glory. Jardin des Plantes This garden had been recommended [...]

Night at the Museums

Three museums in four hours?  And all for free?  Oh yeah, baby!  It hadn’t even been a week of living in Europe, but I hit up La Nuit des Musées (Night at the Museums) with several friends.  On this night hundreds of museums open for free in France and several other countries, and this day only [...]

How to Pack for a Summer in France

It's only three months, but at the same time, it's three freakin' months!  Packing for a summer abroad can be both harder and easier than just a week-long vacation.  What can I buy once I arrive?  What can I not live without for three months?  Will I even know where to buy nail polish remover [...]