Just thinking back to the food in France makes my mouth water. That’s why when my French roommate and his girlfriend (who is also French) told me that they enjoy eating Chez Maman‘s French, Provencal-style food, I knew I had to head over there immediately. I’m so glad I did!

This place gets super packed and there’s almost always a line so our strategy was to get there early and it was a great idea to do this because we got seated right away and immediately after that a line started forming. Once inside, I knew that I would have to wait in line at this place because while quite attentive, the staff is not pushy at all and really let you take your time to order the courses/dishes you want to try. We ordered one dish at a time and enjoyed every single one of them. Of course the bread was delicious and even the butter was softened. Then we had their famous French Onion Soup, which was super cheesy. Next we tried the Endive Salad, which came with pralines, stinky cheese, and a caramel dressing. Last we ended our meal with the Provencal-style mussels with french fries. Oh what a meal!


Bread and softened butter


French Onion Soup


Endive Salad


Les Moules


French Fries

I’m so sad writing this entry because it marks the end of my Europe trip! After visiting Poland, Germany, and France, I’m sad to let this trip seep back into my memory, but it turned out to be pretty amazing. I’m glad I got to spend a day in Marseille, too, which turned out to be way too warm, but nice closing city before taking an overnight bus back to Paris and then straight to the airport from the station.

In Marseille, I loved exploring the old port, Notre Dame de Marseille, the Marseille Cathedral, Palais Longchamp (a beautiful garden area), Fort Saint Jean (even though it was closed), and the MUCEM Marseille (which looks like a giant box of concrete lace). And what better way to end a trip to France? I delicious French seafood dinner paired with local wine. Goodbye Europe, until next time!

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A French Marseille voyage photo adventure:

I’m not sure if Arles, France is known for much except that it was where Vincent Van Gogh spent just over a year of his life, but the site of where he painted some of his most famous works. Arles has certainly decided to capitalize on this fact and has cleverly created a walking tour for visitors to see many of these famous sites. Between February 1888 and May 1889, Van Gogh created over 300 paintings and drawings, many of which have distinct Arles buildings and streets reflected in them. To help visitors match his painting with their real-life locations, images of his famous paintings can be found in the locations they reflect. For example, you can see the Place du Forum from Café in the Evening, the bridge where he painted the Staircase of the Trinquetaille Bridge, the park featured in Public Garden, and Espace Van Gogh featured in Hospital Garden, just to name a few of the more famous locations. I mean, it’s crazy to think that such a famous artist really look inspiration from a place like Arles and these places are still around today!

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A French Arles voyage photo adventure:

While I didn’t spend much time in Nimes near the end of my time in France, I definitely wanted to make it there to see the Arena of Nimes especially since I got a special entrance ticket that covered Roman ruins in both Orange and Nimes. The arena was incredibly impressive and there was so much information that the individualized audio tour offered that it was nearly impossible to not spend hours upon hours learning all about Roman history and the gladiators that fought in this arena. It’s strange to think that they fought in the same arena that I explored in person!

Beyond just the arena, Nimes also has a beautiful Maison Carrée Roman temple for visitors to see as well as La Tour Magne, a stone watchtower from the Augustinian era of the Roman Empire. Best of all there was also the Pont du Gard, which was well worth its entrance fee since I got there right before the sun was setting, which means I got to see this amazing aqueduct bridge in perfect light and then lit up in beautiful colors once it was night. Besides, who doesn’t love picnics by the water besides an incredibly famous part of Roman empire history?

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A French Nimes voyage photo adventure:

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