Shopping

From the lively farmer’s markets of Paris to Andorra’s duty-free shopping

Marché Bastille, From Revolution to Farmer’s Market

On the morning of July 14th, 1789, a crowd of angry townsfolk stormed the Bastille, a fortress that had stood near the Seine River in Paris since the 14th century.  France was in the midst of an economic crisis; commoners, disillusioned with the monarchy, laid...
escargots at Sacre-Coeur, Paris

Sacred Snails of Sacre-Coeur

One thing that always strikes me about Paris is that, like many of the larger cities in Europe,  it's flat - really flat.  With few exceptions, most of the buildings reach a fairly uniform height, and from a distance, perspective is lost as they merge into a b...
Picking strawberries at Erdbeerland, Switzerland

Lüdi’s “U-Pick” Strawberryland

It never seems like summer has officially arrived until strawberry season hits and suddenly u-pick fruit stands pop up everywhere.  In Eugene, we would either harvest our own garden or go to Detering Orchards anytime we needed a massive amount of apples, cherr...

Fribourg’s Vom Fass

What is Vom Fass, you ask?  It's only the coolest place to shop for unique and fun spirits, wine, and liqueurs in Switzerland!  During an evening in Fribourg with friends, we headed for a tasty little ice cream shop on the Rue de Lausanne, one of the most tour...