Swimming in Cinque Terre – Day 15

Swimming in Cinque Terre – Day 15

I spent basically the whole day on trains today. If I’d spent the day in a car or a plane, it would have felt like a waste —just a day to get from place A to B. Today didn’t feel at all like a waste. I wrote and edited photos, stared out the window onto an unfamiliar...
Hiking the Pre-Alps – Day 13

Hiking the Pre-Alps – Day 13

Finding out that Nice was in the mountains was great, hiking in them was better. Hiking in British Columbia involves a lot of really big evergreen trees and a lot of rain. Hiking in Nice — in the pre-Alps — is very different. Trees are thin and spread out and open...
Nice is Nice – Day 12

Nice is Nice – Day 12

One of my favourite parts of doing so much of the planning for this trip last minute is that I know very little about the places I’m going. I knew Nice was on the beach in the south of France. I knew Cannes (home of the film festival) was close and that was about it....
Partying in Paris – Day 11

Partying in Paris – Day 11

Going out in Paris is not the same as going out in Vancouver. Paris is alive at 5 am. My night out with friends was great but the most interesting part of the night was the cab ride home. Everywhere I’ve ever lived has a bedtime. There is a time, early in the morning,...