Postcard from Strasbourg

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Last week we visited Strasbourg in France, and made it our base for a week of wine tasting, visiting spa towns, and living a fairytale in the Black Forest in Germany.

Strasbourg is such a great city. Sitting right on the border of France and Germany, the influence from both countries is really apparent, which was perfect as it meant lots of fine wine and cheese for me, and beers and sausage for him…We were both happy!! We chose Strasbourg as we wanted a quiet week away, somewhere neither of us had thought to go before, and more importantly, NO crowds of tourists!

Strasbourg is a really popular tourist destination over the festive period due to their iconic Christmas markets, and so going at this time of year was perfect. As well as having the usual tourist shops and restaurants, Strasbourg has a really cool vibe, with lots of quirky markets and bars. It is also a real foodie heaven, with over a thousand restaurants and lots of amazing local dishes to try.

Being in France, wine was high on the agenda. We learned so much about French wine over the week, and drove down the wine road of the Alsace, which led us to so many picturesque little towns and vineyards. Highly recommended!

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Here are my favourite things to do in Strasbourg:

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  • Jump on a train from the Gare de Strasbourg and nip into Germany’s Black Forest.
  • Drive through the vineyards on the Alsace wine road and visit as many vineyards as you can fit into a day – or two!

We stayed over in one of the small wine towns called Kaysersberg, which was like something out of a fairytale. We did a wine tasting in the afternoon and had the most amazing romantic dinner later on. The town is deserted by 10pm, so we had a great nights sleep.

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A highly recommended place to visit, and a great base for a week of adventuring. I’ll be posting details of the Black Forest soon, which was my favorite part of the trip!

Go have an adventure!

A little French retreat

I have been off the beaten track to Strasbourg in France for the past week, and have eaten my way through a ridiculous amount of cheese and drank far too much wine! (When in France!). We drove down the wine route of the Alsace, visited magical castles in the Black Forest, and went to Germany’s ancient spas in Baden-Baden. As well as going to town with the fine food and drink in France, I am obsessed with French Pharmacies so I stocked up on all my favourite products too. This was a tricky task as we didn’t have any check in luggage so I had to buy everything under 100ml. It was a case of bulk buying in minature!

I will be sharing all the details of my French/German getaway soon, plus my edit of the best French beauty buys, so stay tuned!

For now, safe travels! Au revoir x


 

Oui Please!

Beauty boxes are really upping their game. Their are so many on the market these days there really is something for everyone, including many that have those hard to find, luxury and cult products. Imagine my excitement when I discovered a luxury French fashion and beauty box!

Oui Please brings a little French luxury to your door every month, and as an obsessor of both French pharmacies and finding new beauty brands to try I will definitely be signing up.

Encapsulating the finest French fancies; from scented candles, cashmere, and of course, beautiful French beauty products, you can purchase a one off parcel as well as their monthly subscription, so it can be a great gift for that hard to buy for friend as well as a treat for yourself. It’s a little more pricey than the likes of Birch Box and Glossy Box at $150 per box for a monthly subscription, but with jewellery and accessories as well as full size products it is worth it!

Bring a little French sophistication into your home once a month… To the sound of Carla Bruni, enjoy a coffee and croissant, Spritz yourself with Chanel no. 5 and open your parcel… Oh la la!

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The New Destination For Beauty

I love the idea of a ‘beauty destination’: a place where you can go to find the kind of products that cause a stir. A place filled with cult products and exciting brands. I remember the new days of Space NK; when Sephora came to the UK; and when the Selfridges beauty hall came to Manchester. These places are like heaven, to the beauty junkie that I am. Chemists too can be anywhere between functional and utterly amazing, depending on the ranges of nail varnishes they stock. I love visiting the south of France at summer, not so much for the food, sunshine and decadence, but because of the pharmacies. Is there any place more heavenly than a French pharmacy?! So when Marks and Spencers decided to up their game in the beauty department I was ecstatic. Their beauty department really packs a punch with the range of eclectic and exciting brands and their own products. Make up wise there are brands such as Stila, Diego Dalla Palma, and Pür Minerals. But the make-up isn’t half as exciting as the skincare brands. From Bliss, Nuxe and Jurlique, to their own competitive skin care ranges, they have really nailed the ‘cult’ products market and have become a real place to go for your luxe beauty fix. I was mostly bowled over by their own range Formula, which is a low priced, sleek packaged range to rival any luxury skincare brand. I am dying to try the range out and am hoping that it lives up to expectations. I have my eye on their Cleansing brush , a fraction of the price of the Clarisonic for £19.50. They have a defense, replenish, and a restore range, and all products range between £6 – £11.

In addition to all of the goodies on offer for such low prices they have offers as well, such as 3 for 2. I love their range of basics, the usual cotton wool and make-up bags of course, but also their travel range which is extremely handy. With small plastic bottles and useful containers for transporting your goods whilst on the move and restricted to space. I have become all to familiar with such containers over the past few years as I have travelled so much, and it can be quite tricky to find great storage containers that you don’t mind spooning your expensive and beautifully packaged lotions and potions into.

So next time you are in need of some beauty inspiration, need to stock up on basics, or just want to trawl amongst rows of beautifully bottled elixirs and potions, head no further than the high street to Marks and Spencers, a real destination for beauty.

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visit the website here!