5 Things To Do in Tours, France

When I told people that I was traveling to Tours, they all looked confused or asked me which tour I was going on. I can’t count how many times I had to explain that Tours was a city in France, but to be honest, I didn’t know much about Tours either. Throughout my years of studying French, I had never heard of the city and I couldn’t wait to see what Tours had to offer.

La Guinguette

La Guinguette is an outdoor tavern next to The Loire River. If you ever need something to do on a Saturday night (or any night), La Guinguette is the place to go. With its live concerts, dance performances, and events, it’s perfect for meeting new locals, having a good time, or just relaxing by the river. I also love how unpredictable La Guinguette is. One day, you may find yourself dancing a traditional French dance with the locals and the next day you could be on the dance floor with a goat.  I love it!

La Plage de Tours

La Plage de Tours is located on the other side of La Guinguette. It’s a cute little “beach” by the river. This side of the river is a bit calmer, so if you’re not up for partying at La Guinguette, La Plage de Tours is great for relaxing.

Place Plumereau

Place Plumereau is a small shopping plaza filled with great restaurants and surrounded by historic buildings. If you’re looking for a great meal or a good glass of wine, you’ll be sure to find one in Place Plumereau.  

Rue Nationale

Rue Nationale is a long street full of shops and restaurants. This is the perfect place to buy souvenirs because things aren’t as pricy as they are in Paris.

Fête du vélo

If you like bike riding, Tours is an awesome place to do so.  I’m not sure how often the bike festival takes place, but they had two during my time in Tours. You can also easily rent a bike on any day and ride along The Loire River.

I hope this is helpful if you ever find yourself in Tours!

The City of Light: Highlights

Paris was everything I imagined and more. After spending years learning French, I was so grateful to finally be able to visit France. My trip was nothing short of amazing and I'd like to share a few of my favorite experiences:

Taking the steps up The Eiffel Tower

Walking up the Eiffel Tower was by far one of the best experiences I had in Paris. Halfway up, I stopped myself and thought, “Wow, I’m really walking up the Eiffel Tower right now.” Getting to the top was such an accomplishment and the view was amazing. If you ever visit the Eiffel tower, I suggest taking the steps instead of the elevator. Your legs may be sore, but it’s completely worth it!


 Beautiful view from one of the levels of The Eiffel Tower

Beautiful view from one of the levels of The Eiffel Tower

Having a hotel in the middle of everything 

My hotel was located on the Left Bank of The Seine River, putting me in walking distance of The Louvre Museum, Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame, and plenty of souvenir shops and restaurants. The Eiffel Tower was a little further, but that didn’t stop me from making the 40-minute walk to get there.


 The Louvre Museum Pyramids

The Louvre Museum Pyramids

Exploring the city

Paris is one of the easiest places to get around. The Metro, similar to London’s Tube, is great and takes you almost everywhere you would need to go. I explored most of the city by foot, The Metro, and occasionally by taxi.

 Le mur des je t'aime: The I love you wall (This wall says I love you in about 300 languages. Can you spot yours?)

Le mur des je t'aime: The I love you wall (This wall says I love you in about 300 languages. Can you spot yours?)

If you've ever been to Paris, what are some of your highlights? 

10 Things You'll Experience in France

France is an amazing country with so much to see and experience, but each country has its ups and downs. Check out these 10 things you'll experience at least once during your time in France: 

  1. Feeling like you’re in a sauna because most homes and buildings don’t have air conditioning
  2. Getting bitten up by bugs because you slept with the widow open because of the lack of air conditioning
  3. Not knowing what to do with your life on Sundays because everything is closed
  4. Walking down at least two flights of stairs to use the bathroom
  5. Eating more bread than you’ve ever eaten in your entire life
  6. Constantly feeling like you're going to get hit by a car in Paris
  7. Ordering a veggie burger and basically getting a hash brown in a bun
  8. Feeling like you'll develop lung cancer before you return home
  9. Feeling like a rebel because you can rip open a case of water at the grocery store to only buy one bottle
  10. Being harassed to buy souvenirs

Have you ever been to France? If so, what are some crazy experiences you've had? Let me know in the comment section below!


A Week in London: Highlights

Last month, I had the chance to spend my Spring Break in a not-so-typical Spring Break location. I went to London! This year is all about adding more checks to my bucket list, and I have always wanted to visit London. Although I was only there for nine days, I did so many different things in such a short amount of time. I still have so much more of London to see and explore, but for now here are some highlights of my trip:

  • A Cruise on The River Thames: Like I said, this wasn’t your typical Spring Break destination, but I still managed to go on a cruise on London’s Thames River. The cruise offered a beautiful view of the city and some of London’s most famous sites. Along with the cruise came afternoon tea and amazing desserts.


  • Sky Garden: If you haven’t already guessed by the name, Sky Garden is a Botanical Garden in the sky! Well, it’s not literally in the sky, but it’s at the top floor of a skyscraper. In addition to the botanical garden, there are two bars and a restaurant. I went there for my last night in London, and it was absolutely free to get in. I’m not sure what it’s like during the day, but when I went they had a DJ, so it was like a night club with beautiful plants. I was not able to get many pictures, since I didn’t feel like lugging my heavy camera along, but the view of the city was amazing, and it was the perfect way to spend my last night in London.
  • Street Art: I saw some of the best street art I have ever seen when I visited The East End of London. Almost every building was painted with bright colors and amazing artwork.


  • Food: Unfortunately, I did not take many pictures of my food because I was too busy enjoying it. I must say that everything was so fresh and the food was real! When I say real, I mean American food is usually full of chemicals and artificial colors and flavors, but that was not the case here. My diet mostly consists of pant-based foods anyway, but it was refreshing to be surrounded by fresh food. I also noticed that there were a lot of street food markets, which I wish we had here in Atlanta. It made grabbing lunch so much easier and, of course, there were plenty of delicious plant-based options to choose from.


  • Gallery of African Art: You can probably tell that I love art by now. After visiting The Tate Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum, I wanted to explore artwork that was more closely related to my interests and culture, which led me to The Gallery of African Art. I saw some beautiful artwork and I left with some postcards that featured amazing paintings from African artists on the front cover. Admission to this gallery was also free!
  • Transportation: I know transportation sounds like a strange highlight of my trip, but if you have ever been on MARTA you would feel the same. Since I go to school in Atlanta, I usually drive to the nearest MARTA station and take the train to school because it’s more convenient. The transportation system in London (The Tube) is sooooo much more accessible! I used the tube to get wherever I needed to go and the seats are actually comfortable.


  • Shopping in London: I’m usually not one who goes to the mall often, as I do most of my shopping online, but shopping in London was an unforgettable experience. I did most of my shopping on Oxford Street, which is a well-known street of shops and stores, kind of like an outside mall that extends for miles. All the clothing stores I visited had at least three levels and most of them had 4 or 5. I also went to some vintage shops in East London and some stores in Camden Lock, which is like a better and bigger version of Atlanta’s Little 5 Points. Of course, this ended with me stuffing my suitcase with new clothes.


In addition to the list above, I was also a typical tourist and visited London’s famous tourist attractions like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and some of London’s most famous museums. After spending a week here, I fell in love with the city and have been thinking about moving here in the future. I will definitely be taking another trip to London soon!