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About Christine Cantera

Christine Cantera is a freelance writer and has been based out of Italy and France since 2002. She has written for Men's Journal, Fortnighter, Condé Nast, and has cooked her signature pasta dish on Italian morning television. Christine's personal travel writing nom de plume is Miss Expatria. Breakfast and wine are her two favorite food groups.

The History of the Monaco Grand Prix

April 21, 2014


Monaco Grand Prix. Photo courtesy of Pat Guiney on Flickr

Some may think that the Indy 500 is ultimately a boring race to watch in full – after all, it’s the same cars going around the same track, over and over again. If you want to see really insane, check out the hairpin turns of the Monaco Grand Prix. Of course, it may seem odd […]

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Burgundy and Dijon: The Perfect Foodie Pairing

April 7, 2014


Dijon Mustard. Photo courtesy of Alfonso Pierantonio on Flickr

With some of the world’s best wines named after the region and a city whose name is synonymous with only the finest mustard, you can be sure that Burgundy, and specifically Dijon, is going to be on any foodie’s itinerary. Let’s take a look at what to chow down on when visiting the area.

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Wine Tasting in Côte de Nuits

February 21, 2014


Wine tasting in Côte de Nuits. Photo courtesy of Megan Mallen on Flickr.

Do you love your Pinot Noir? Then you need to go wine tasting in Côte de Nuits, the wine-growing region of Burgundy, France. Named after Nuits-St-Georges, the village that is the southerly capital of this area, and a town worth visiting.

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Romantic Things to Do in Monaco

February 14, 2014


Romantic Things to Do in Monaco. Photo courtesy of Michael Gwyther-Jones on Flickr

There are plenty of reasons to visit Monaco. Most people come to gawk at the absurd displays of wealth, from the next-gen cars on the roads to the mega-yachts in the marina. Some want to get all gussied up and try their luck at its world-famous casino. Others flock to pay homage to Princess Grace. But did you also know that there are lots of romantic things to do in Monaco as well?

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Burgundy Wine Country

January 31, 2014


Burgundy Wine Country. Photo courtesy of Megan Mallen on Flickr.

When a vacation involves visiting vineyards, it usually involves small B&Bs, lots of driving, and days spent in rural areas. But the beauty of France is that you can have your big city vacation in Paris and spend just a day among the vines – in Burgundy wine country.

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The Less-Visited Regions in France

January 17, 2014


Collioure, in the Languedoc Region. Photo courtesy of Gilda on Flickr.

Paris may be the world’s top tourist destination, but that doesn’t mean all of France is packed to the gills. In fact, there are several regions you may not have heard of. If you’re planning a trip here and don’t know where to begin, I invite you to start with these less-visited regions in France – you just may be surprised by what you find!

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