The Colosseum and the Roman Forum

The few things that we reserved tickets for in advance for our Italy trips were Vatican City, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and the Accademia Gallery in Florence. We read about the long lines to get into each one and we were just not interested in standing in line for hours....more

12 Travel Accessories You Need


How to Deal With Allergies While Traveling

Traveling (especially international travel) when you suffer from allergies or intolerances might scare you away at first, but once you follow these simple steps, which I learned by trial and error during my travels, I promise you that you will stay healthy throughout your trip. ...more
Those are great tips for safe eating while traveling! It might also be helpful to have a card ...more

10 Tips For California Imports

There is a large exodus from California to the Pacific Northwest right now, and we are in the middle of it.Some people are moving because the economy in California is atrocious, some are moving because of the culture and government, some are moving because it is more affordable up here…We had a pretty simple reason, and we moved because of employment.  Pretty straightforward and uncomplicated....more

The Latest Tips & Advice For Your Family Trip To Disneyland

By Meg Hodson My family had one of our most memorable vacations recently when we took a road trip to Disneyland. My daughter was performing and participating in a Disney Performing Arts workshop with her dance troop....more

The Château de Chambord

Come visit a Renaissance gem that may have been the brain child of the great Leonardo da Vinci. A hunting lodge that morphed into an exquisite palace and became one of the greatest gems of the French Renaissance. With 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces, this one-time home of King Francis I will over-shadow just about everywhere else you're ever likely to visit.   ...more

The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud ... where medieval French women called the shots ...

Visit a place where history comes alive, and where the lives of medieval women were lived in a vibrant and dynamic community that was subordinate to  no one. Come and see the final resting place of the Plantagenet Kings, Henry II and Richard, the Lion Heart, and the irrepressible Eleanor of Aquitaine, greatest heiress of her age, and wife to both the King of France and his arch rival, the King of England. ...more

Helpless, Not Hopeless

The struggles of life can get pretty overwhelming at times.  Friends battling illnesses and cancerLoved ones who are out of town dealing with a hospitalized parentAn exhausted new mom, with no spouse (and a baby herself), trying to care for her little oneA dear friend struggling to stay afloat in her marriage, in her finances, in her life...more

My name is Josée Noiseux. Montrealer and Parisian by adoption, I am the author of the blog and of the travel bookHumeurs de Paris, published this fall by Éditions Druide....more