Visit La Piscine (The Pool) Museum in Roubaix, France

La Piscine is located in Roubaix, France, a town known for its industrial past in the textile industry and known today for its fashion designers. La Piscine (The Pool), a huge pool and public baths were built between 1927 and 1932 for the health and well-being of Roubaix’s textile workers. La Piscine was closed in 1985, when the roof became unsafe and in 2011 it was restored and reopened as Roubaix’s…

Read More

Christmas in Paris

When you think of Paris at night, the first thing that may come to mind is the Eiffel Tower glittering in the dark. At Christmas time, there are so many more lights to enchant you in this beautiful city. The first place to start is the Champs Elysees. The whole boulevard is lined with trees decorated in dancing lights, blue, purple, green, red and orange. The trees sparkle with the…

Read More

History of the Christmas Market in Europe

I did a guest post over at the lovely Marcia Richard’s blog on the History of Christmas in Europe. Here’s just a taste of what I write about: In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent (coming of Christmas) is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas market or “Weihnachtsmarkt”. In southern Germany and Austria it is sometimes called a “Christkindelsmarkt” (in German means “Christ child market”). The markets…

Read More

Would you care for some Bordeaux?

When visiting a city in winter, its important to remember that it is looking its worst. I came to Belgium last year in the dead of winter and dead is what Brussels looked like. The trees were grey sticks looking frigid against the grey skies and buildings. Going to Bordeaux after coming back from my hometown in Canada (which was a winter wonderland), I was a little jet lagged so…

Read More