Articles written by: Colleen Shaughnessy-Larsson

Colleen Shaughnessy-Larsson

A seasoned travel writer and photographer with extensive experience in Sweden, France, and the U.S., Colleen Shaughnessy-Larsson began her career writing human interest stories for local publications after earning her Journalism degree from the University of Florida. After that, she worked as a freelance writer and photographer for various multinational companies in Stockholm, Sweden, and wrote educational programs for Radio Sweden International. Since 1992, she has lived in Paris, where she has built a reputation as a trusted travel advisor on Colleen Paris online.

Büyükada – An Island Escape in Istanbul
Asia / Chronological / Destinations / Europe / Island Nation

Büyükada – An Island Escape in Istanbul

The ferry was departing in two minutes. We jumped on it as the engines were cranking up, the water was churning and the rope was about to be tossed ashore. This was a ferry to the island of Büyükada, off the coast of Istanbul. My husband and I wanted to rent bicycles and pedal up to Saint George’s chapel at the top. We were going to arrive a half hour earlier than planned. It was the start of a lovely day.

BOOK REVIEW: Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light
Book Reviews / Chronological

BOOK REVIEW: Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light

The vignettes of “Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light” are bedtime stories or café reading. In this updated edition of David Downie’s book, his stories reveal his personal wit. This adds charm and brings out a smile as you read about his own Paris history and reflections in each vignette.

The Long Safari on the Roads of Namibia
Africa / Chronological / Destinations

The Long Safari on the Roads of Namibia

Every day in Namibia is animal sighting day. The animals are always on the move in the winter looking for water. That is, until the day they go to the final waterhole resting place in the sky. That day came for a giraffe on a narrow road in Etosha National Park.

Day Trip to Auvers-sur-Oise, an Eternal Village
Chronological / Destinations / Europe

Day Trip to Auvers-sur-Oise, an Eternal Village

Colleen Shaughnessy-Larsson takes a day trip to Auvers-sur-Oise and shares her ideas on things to do and her moment in this village that is classified as part of a French park. Often, however, getting to a place becomes a challenge. Come along with Colleen who will help you meet that challenge with directions between Paris and Auvers-sur-Oise.

Tranquility and beauty await in Morcote
Chronological / Destinations / Europe

Tranquility and beauty await in Morcote

The Swiss village of Morcote combines the best of two worlds; Swiss organization and Italian charm. It is the southernmost village in Switzerland and stretches from the hilltop to the shore line at the tip of a peninsula that shares Lake Lugano s waters with Italy.

A Farm Holiday in Iceland
Chronological / Destinations / Europe

A Farm Holiday in Iceland

During a two-week farm holiday in Iceland, we spent one night in the barn where they milked the cows. We spent other nights in a former boarding school for the local farmer’s children, and at a former hospital…

Exploring the Mystery, Wine and Cheese of Sancerre and the Loire Valley
Chronological / Destinations / Europe / Hotels & Resorts / Wines & Spirits

Exploring the Mystery, Wine and Cheese of Sancerre and the Loire Valley

The early morning fog enshrouding the French hilltop town of Sancerre; barges plying the nearby canal off the Loire River; the ancient Roman viaduct through Saint Satur; fishermen angling from the sand banks…