While living in Paris to finish the research for my book, BRIGHT LIGHTS PARIS, I wanted to also travel to a couple of cities outside of the City of Lights that I had never visited.   I decided on a weekend to the Brittany Coast with my boyfriend and a day trip to visit Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny with my friend Belinda.  Both trips were so inspiring, I knew that I had to incorporate them into the book.  Lucky for me, the European train system makes it easy to travel to seaports, small villages and major cities throughout Europe.  My favorite way to buy and look for train tickets is on Rail Europe.com. The site is easy to navigate and offers a variety of tickets from one-way, round-trip and even month long rail passes.  Here’s a little peak into my weekend to Cancale and day trip to Giverny.  Scroll all the way down to learn how you can win an amazing train journey through Germany and Switzerland, with Rail Europe’s Artist in Residence program later this year….

A WEEKEND IN CANCALE

When my boyfriend was visiting me in Paris, we booked our tickets and headed to the beautiful town of Cancale on the Brittany Coast for a weekend.  We enjoyed fresh oysters just out of the ocean, shopping for Breton stripe shirts and spices and walked along the shore when it was low tide.   Exploring a part of France that was new to both of us was so special and I can’t wait to return to visit some of the other towns in the area.

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DAY TRIP TO GIVERNY

Just over an hour train ride away from Paris, is the enchanting village of Giverny.  The second you arrive at Monet’s garden you see his paintings come to life before your eyes.  Saying it’s magical is an understatement.  It’s an easy train ride and day trip from Paris.

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#TALESONRAIL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM 2017

This week, Rail Europe announced the return of their exciting #TalesOnRail Artist in Residence program.  Calling all US and Australian based creatives from writers to photographers, musicians and videographers.  It’s time to apply for a chance to win an inspiring trip through Germany and Switzerland in late September 2017.  Even better, Rail Europe will document the journey and produce a video series about your experience with episodes being released online in early 2018.  Two talented creatives will be selected

HOW TO APPLY:

  • Head to Instagram and Follow @raileurope
  • Read the complete #TalesOnRail rules and application process on their site —> HERE
  • You MUST enter by July 17, 2017
  • Please note this is open only to residents of the US and Australia
  • #TalesOnRail2017 

I’m so excited to see all of your entries!!

xx, Angie

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