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Armchair Travel: Inspired Ways You Can Travel Without Leaving Home

First things first: welcome to TSM.

Hello and welcome to my little corner of the internet. These things are always pretty awkward to begin, but if you want a peek at the behind the scenes of my life, you can check out my secret Instagram. Otherwise, as the site name would suggest, my name is Sophie.

I’ve spent the majority of my life living between England and France, though I also hold a Canadian passport and spent some of my childhood living in New York (I have since started a New York Travel Blog).

I love coffee, history, Paris, Harry Potter, dogs, books, coffee, and wine (though not necessarily in that order!) During my two months alone in lockdown, I also developed a particular fondness for computer games and plants and now have a website about plants. As you can probably tell, I’m a fan of making websites!

Self-confessed francophile and avid reader, I moved to Paris in 2015… That same year I started this blog. I originally created this space online to share my passion for, well, life (but mainly travel).

On this blog, you’ll now find quirky, cultural and chic adventures in Europe, North America, and beyond. Somehow, I’ve managed to make this blogging gig my full-time job and so the website is now updated on a daily basis (and often more)!

Head here often enough and you can also expect to find photography tips, quirky trivia & a continual stream of wanderlust inspiration. I’m all about exploring your own backyard just as much as hopping on a plane. After, all, adventure is often just around the corner: this blog is all a reflection of that mindset.

Who am I?

So who am I? Well, I grew up in a small village in the English Countryside and it was pretty beautiful. My parents still live there and I visit as often as I can. At 18, I moved away to study at university and spent the next few years living in London.

While living in the UK’s capital city, I volunteered in several museums (my favourite being the Sir John Soane Museum!), worked in cafés, worked in retail, and made the most of living so close to so many incredible historical sites, as well as getting to meet some amazing people.

At the age of 21, I moved to Paris, France as part of a study abroad programme. Around that same time, I also picked up my first camera and started taking photos, documenting my time in France on this blog.

I then returned to London to finish my degree before moving away again to the English countryside for a couple of years. Once back in the countryside, I met a boy and ended up staying longer than anticipated.

As with anything, when you make your decisions based on someone else, they don’t tend to work out. I broke up with said boy and hopped on a flight to Paris, where I then lived for a few years. You can read more about my favourite spots in the city here.

That breakup was back in 2019. I have since now met and married my French husband and my little travel business somehow survived the worldwide Coronavirus Pandemic. Today I live in Paris, with plenty of adventures in between…

sophie nadeau wedding

I hope you’ll like it here.

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P.s. I’m currently writing a book so watch this space! I also run a second blog based entirely on the UK (escapetobritain), as well as a YouTube Channel. Other than travelling and photography, one of my favourite home-based interests is indoor gardening.

P.p.s. the photo was taken by my sister (

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John B. Wilkins

Friday 16th of September 2022

Is model boat sailing allowed on Venford reservoir

James G Hermsen

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Love the Sir John Soane museum. It was a feature in a class at the university. When I went to London, it was the first museum I visited.


Thursday 25th of August 2022

Dear Sophie--I love your closeup photo of the rooftops of Dole from the belltower. I don't see anything like it on the web. Regards, Tim Mooney


Tuesday 16th of August 2022

Thank you so much for showing through your Brittany Guide beautiful places that I knew nothing about but very interested in history and the landscapes of Europe. Your descriptions are wonderful and caused me to subscribe to your blog. I saw the guide through MHZ (of which I am a subscriber). I’m very fascinated with foreign language television and places where they are filmed. So once again, thank you. I’m looking forward to your blog!


Thursday 20th of January 2022

Cool Website and nice chilled writing style! Well done

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