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Paris, France

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The final stop on this trip was Paris. A city I haven't explored for many years however it left me gobsmacked again! It's jammed packed with tourists for good reason, it's one of Europe's gems.

You could spend weeks here and hardly scratch the surface. I was fortunate to also catch up with some Parisian friends that we'd met in Canada. We enjoyed some great food and drinks and it also just so happened to be Bastille Day, the national day of France.

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Be sure to check out:

  • Eiffel Tower - Is this the most famous man-made structure in the world?
  • Les Catacombes - A 3,000km network of tunnels that run under the city, containing the bones of six million people.
  • Palais Garnier - A 2,000-seat auditorium and the pinnacle of French opulence.
  • Parc des Buttes-Chaumont - A park with winding paths, waterfalls, temples and cliffs.
  • Arc de Triomphe - One of the world's best-known commemorative monuments.
  • Le Marais - Home to arguably the trendiest part of the city.
  • Galeries Lafayette - a jaw-dropping department store.
  • Sacré-Coeur - One of the most iconic monuments in Paris situated at the top of the Butte Montmarte. It has one of the best views of Paris.
  • The Louvre - One of the world’s largest museums with 35,000 works on public display.
  • Champs-Élysées - A world-famous boulevard and the most iconic shopping destination in Paris.

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Colmar, France

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When looking at the flight options out of Reykjavík, I decided to go with a direct flight to Saint Louis/Basel on the French border with Switzerland and Germany. It's lined up really well with the Tour de France, which was going through Colmar - a town further north and just an easy train trip away.

Colmar also happens to be one France's most beautiful villages. It's fairy tale like with colourful half-timbered medieval buildings, winding cobblestone streets and a canal. The first day was spent exploring the town and eating classic French croissants, baguettes and crepes!

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The Tour de France is another event I'd always wanted to experience and it didn't disappoint. It drew a huge crowd with loads of entertainment and as Colmar was at the end of the days stage, I was able to see the sprint to the finish. The next stage left Mulhouse the following day, so I decided to take the short train ride down from Colmar to see the start. Similarly, the town was buzzing!

I rented a bike after they left and rode to some of the surrounding idyllic villages whilst checking out the local vineyards! Wettolsheim and then Eguisheim, were just stunning.

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