Julie Blakley

About Julie Blakley

Julie caught the travel bug early after a family road trip to the tip of Baja as a kid. Two stints of living in France and a backpacking trip in Latin America later, and Julie's love for travel and desire to explore the world was steadfastly affirmed.

The internet is an immense and valuable resource that can help you find the answers to virtually any Paris and France travel-related question from “where can I find the best duck confit in Paris,” to train times for your day-trip to Monet’s gardens at Giverny. Whether you are looking for […]

Best Paris Blogs: travel advice, ex-pat, food and photos

My relationship with Paris has been boisterous. On the one hand, the exquisite beauty of the city permeates every encounter of my life here. On the other, my position as foreigner, as culturally other (despite being married to a Frenchman), inherently taints or shifts my liaison with the place. Living […]

Paris Photos: A Tour of the City with Emilie Johnson ...

Located just 67 km southeast of Paris, Fontainebleau is a small town that grew up surrounding the beautifully preserved Fontainebleau Chateau. Fanning out from the castle and small town is the Foret de Fontainebleau (a former royal hunting park), a beautifully wooded area that makes you feel a hundred miles […]

Chateau Fontainebleau: Paris Day Trips

A tradition since the Middle Ages, the many open-air food markets around Paris are bursting with fresh produce, cheeses, meats and other delicious looking edibles and seasonal foods. Displaying a tempting array of all kinds of food—from a fresh soft goat cheese, to ripe strawberries and freshly picked green beans—browsing […]

Paris Food Markets

It is certainly no secret that Paris is not a cheap city. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. However, just because you find yourself in the City of Lights surrounded by expensive hotels, designer boutiques and bars serving €20 cocktails doesn’t mean you have to empty your back account just […]

Cheap Paris Guide – Tips for Conquering Paris on a ...