• Spain
  • Hiking Montserrat

    MontserratSpain_CopyrightPaulaVermeulen_DSC_2989

    This hike was one of the most beautiful ones that we did on our trip! It was a fairly long drive from our campsite south of Barcelona but so worth it. An hour’s drive inland from Barcelona lies a mass of jagged rock spires, standing out above the gentle hills surrounding it. It’s the toothy outline of […]

  • France
  • Crossing the Pyrenees

    PyreneesFrance_CopyrightPaulaVermeulen_DSC_2428

      Between France and Spain, a beautiful mountain range joins the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.  The first time I went to the Pyrenees was back in 2008, for a spontaneous weekend camping trip. Already much in love with France at that point, I was delighted with the discovery of this landscape. I didn’t actually know that the Pyrenees were […]

  • France
  • Sunset at Sacré-Coeur

    CopyrightPaulaVermeulen-7393_CopyrightPaulaVermeulen_Montmarte

      The full name of this well-known landmark is… The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris (the Sacred Heart part of it refers to Jesus’ heart). A little further out of the way than most of the central attractions in Paris, this popular Catholic church is situated at the highest point of Montmarte in the 18th arrondissement. Receiving millions […]

  • France
  • Le Marais, Paris

    MaraisParis_CopyrightPaulaVermeulen_LesMarais--6752

      On the north side of Paris, over on the Rive Droite,  you’ll find a funky neighbourhood that spans the third & fourth arrondissement: Le Marais. Today Le Marais area hosts a large Chinese community and is known as the centre of LGBT culture in Paris. It’s also filled with art, beautiful buildings, green squares and cute cafés. […]