France

We had a day off from the Lacanau Pro surf contest, so we ventured an hour inland to spend the day in Bordeaux – known as a world-famous wine growing region. One of the largest cities in France, Bordeaux is actually a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site for its exceptional architecture and urban design from the 18th century.

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The open streets market in Lacanau-Océan every Wednesday is a one-stop-shop for everything your heart desires. Cheese, leather goods, meats, fabric, cheese, knick-knacks, cheese, new and used clothes, escargot, bread, cheese, fruits, veggies, underwear, pottery, games, candy, pastries… and cheese! The streets are packed like Tokyo, but the goodies you’ll find make it all worth it.

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Shaun and I landed in Paris at 4pm after an overnight direct flight from San Francisco and we had a train booked for the following morning at 7am, so we literally had only 15 hours in Paris. Although we were exhausted (to say the least), we still wanted to make the most of our limited stay in the city of love!

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Paris has been one of my favorite cities since I first visited when I was eleven years old. This was my fourth time to the City of Love and Shaun’s very first. We spent 5 nights in the heart of the city in an adorable Airbnb in Le Marais — a cozy quartier in the 4th arrondissement, popular for shopping and dining along the network of cobblestone lanes with a classic Parisian feeling. We were lucky enough to experience Paris in both rain and sunshine, each equally romantic and charming.

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