Kayaking for freedom to the Statue of Liberty

“Hmm, Claire did you read the incoming email from Eric, regarding our kayak trip to the Statue of Liberty next week?” I fearfully ask her. We both sit down and read Eric Stiller’s questions concerning our seaworthiness and fitness level, and a slight panic starts to take control over both of us. The proud owner of the Manhattan Kayak Company wants to know in what specific types of kayaks we have practised, for how many hours a day, and what our average speed is. We are about to board the A380, the super jumbo jet Air France flies from Paris to New York City for a new adventure on the Hudson River, but we have to admit that it has been a while since our last paddle practice. Last year, our sunset tour with MKC led to an overwhelming experience in observing the iconic skyline of Manhattan from the river. This year, we decided to spice it up with a challenging trip to the Statue of Liberty. Beyond the stunning views, the epic adventure, the challenging distance, the strong currents, the choppy waves, the heavy river traffic, this trip is a way of raising funds against ALS*. Highly motivated by the adventure and even more by our mission, we have designed an intense fitness program: three weekly runs of 8 kilometres, every-other-day push-ups to reach 100, intensive mountain-biking outings for full body training and outdoor-worthiness, and an uncountable number of abs to strengthen our lower waist. “I am afraid it is not enough…” I whisper, discouraged. Keep travelling

Photo gallery: Notre Dame de Paris

I may have passed by it thousands of times in Paris, my home town. Still: every time I walk by, I have to stop to admire its stunning architecture, detailed sculptures, scary gargoyles, and beautiful glow in the evening sun. In more than 850 years, it has seen Keep reading

Top 3 running routes of Paris by a local!

Discovering Paris running is a fantastic way to enjoy some of the major landmarks and take the pace of the city. It is better though to have a few routes in mind before venturing out as the traffic can be hectic and its nice cobble stone streets that are great to discover on foot can be a runner’s ankle nightmare. These top running routes tend to avoid these hazards and will also take you to some of the nicest parks of Paris. Keep reading

Stockholm: A visual tour

Here is a compilation of the photos of the day of Stockholm to inspire you (to receive our photos of the day and articles, follow us!). Keep reading

Paris: A visual tour

Here is a compilation of the photos of the day of Paris to inspire you (to receive our photos of the day and articles, follow us!). Click on the photos to enlarge them. All of these are available in a high definition upon request. For the story behind a specific photo, look for the corresponding photo of the day. Keep reading

Photo of the day: Square, Toulon

The heart of the off the beaten path city of Toulon is composed of narrow medieval streets. Keep reading

Photo of the day: Medieval streets of Toulon, French Riviera

The heart of the off the beaten path city of Toulon is composed of narrow medieval streets Keep reading

Toulon, the rough diamond of the French Riviera & its best kept secret!

Fresh basil, peaches, melons, figs, nectarines, tomatoes, lavender, thyme, olives… All these scents enter my nose as we walk through the colourful and authentic market of Cour Lafayette in the city centre of Toulon, along the Côte d’Azur in France. Keep reading

Photo of the day: A green oasis in Toulon, French Riviera

First a water hole for animals, the fountain of the three dolphins Keep reading

Photo of the day: The inviting squares of Toulon, French Riviera

The medieval part of Toulon is a patchwork of many inviting squares planted with olive and plane Keep reading