Author Archives: Anne-Sophie Blin

Mont Saint-Michel
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Mont Saint-Michel: An Island Between Sky and Sea

Growing up in the Mont Saint-Michel Bay, I could feel this great monument's presence almost everyday. I saw it from my grandparents’ house and from my high school classroom. When I was going sailing, it stood there, an obvious landmark in the distance. I knew the direction toward which I… Read More
  • Anne-Sophie Blin |
  • September 13, 2018
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In the Footsteps of the Knights of the Round Table

Southwestern Great Britain and French Brittany have shared some common history and culture for centuries. Britons, who left Great Britain during the 5th and 6th centuries, brought their ancestral stories with them when they settled in the northwestern region of France that became Brittany. One finds locations referring to King… Read More
  • Anne-Sophie Blin |
  • July 21, 2018
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Between Fiction and Reality, Montmartre

For many, Montmartre is the loveliest village in Paris. Artists have immortalized it in hundreds of paintings, songs and movies for decades. Therefore, everyone has a particular image of this neighborhood in their imagination. Montmartre is ever changing with the passing months, colors declining from the gold and red autumn… Read More
  • Anne-Sophie Blin |
  • June 28, 2018
slovenia travel
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Detour Through Slovenia: Dragons, Caves and Castles

Even nowadays, it is still possible to explore Slovenian wonders without too many crowds. While one encounters a few buses filled with tourists in the most popular places, there are nevertheless many picturesque towns and sites to enjoy peacefully during your Slovenia travel. Landscapes change drastically, from the lush mountains… Read More
  • Anne-Sophie Blin |
  • June 1, 2018
Venice islands
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Away from Venice, Into the Lagoon

Leaving Venice behind for a day and enjoying the pleasures offered by other smaller and perhaps more picturesque islands in the lagoon is an unforgettable experience. Even the two most famous Venice islands, Burano and Murano, are much quieter than the capital of Veneto. Less grandiose than La Serenissima and… Read More
  • Anne-Sophie Blin |
  • May 7, 2018
visit Santa Barbara
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Visit Santa Barbara and Solvang with Children

Wine tasting around Santa Barbara is an easy outing for anyone visiting Los Angeles. Adults enjoy a relaxing time sipping wine, of course. But when traveling with children, one has to balance adult activities with children activities. Fortunately, you can visit Santa Barbara County because it has a lot to… Read More
  • Anne-Sophie Blin |
  • April 4, 2018
English Channel Islands
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Relaxing in the English Channel Islands

Off the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy, several small islands compose the archipelago of the English Channel Islands. They have managed to keep their cultural identity and specificities until now. Indeed, they are not part of the United Kingdom: they have been Crown dependencies since 1204, when mainland Normandy entered the… Read More
  • Anne-Sophie Blin |
  • March 30, 2018
things to do in Copenhagen
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The Many Faces of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is a fascinating city and worth a few days visit. History and traditions are visible everywhere, mixed with a vibrant lifestyle and a distinctive contemporary architecture. Everyone speaks excellent American English, and guided tours are provided in English everywhere. With so many things to do… Read More
  • Anne-Sophie Blin |
  • March 18, 2018
Portes du Soleil
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Ski Destination: Avoriaz and les Portes du Soleil

Located on both sides of the French-Swiss border south of Lake Geneva, Portes du Soleil lists more than 370 miles (600 km) of ski runs. In previous years, I spent several vacations exploring the slopes around Châtel, and this year we decided to explore skiing at the other end of… Read More
  • Anne-Sophie Blin |
  • February 22, 2018

About Anne-Sophie Blin

Anne-Sophie Blin

Anne-Sophie Blin is a travel and cuisine writer and educator. She hails from Normandy, France. She studied at the University of Caen-Basse-Normandie, the University of Texas at Austin, and California State University. Anne-Sophie spent 18 years in the San Francisco Bay area where she explored and thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the gorgeous National and State parks in California and neighboring states. She has extensively traveled in Western Europe and the Near East, most recently in France, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, China, and Israel. She is a freelance contributor to the blog GrapeStone Concepts.