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July 2010

Logistics: a place to stay in Corsica

When my friend and I spontaneously booked our trip to the Île de Beauté, lured by rock-bottom ferry prices, we quickly skimmed the Corsica chapter in my budget guidebook. It said something along the lines of “the only budget option in Corsica is...
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Tastes of Corsica

Corsica certainly isn’t a foodie destination, and it’s not known for haute cuisine. However, freshness and quality reign supreme on the island, and good food isn’t hard to find. Wild boar: I ordered sanglier because I knew it was a Corsican...
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“French” things that aren’t really French

I'm always amused by American stereotypes of the French, and the things they expect to find on a first visit to France. Visions of berets and baguettes, expectations of pastries and poodles. While you can count on straightforward (read: rude)...
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Logistics: the ferry from Nice to Corsica

What encourages spontaneity more than rock-bottom prices? When conversation turned to Corsica, the only option for how to get there (in our minds) was Corsica Ferries. We’d watched the big yellow and blue boats, emblazoned with the Corsican national...
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Snapshots of the island of beauty

I still can't stop raving about Corsica. Maybe it's because I'm back to uncomfortable, rocky beaches and a heavy humidity that rivals visiting my grandparents in Florida. The fact that I worked all weekend--and had to act as a police translator when...
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Modern art, feminism and theme parks in Paris

Ever since a high school philosophy class field trip to the SFMOMA, I’ve been intrigued by modern art. Our class visited the SFMOMA and the Legion of Honor museum with one task: find the most beautiful and least beautiful pieces in both. Yet beauty...
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Zucchini flowers aren’t just for decoration

I remember being confused by all the bright yellow zucchini flowers on the market stands when I arrived in Nice. My family had a few zucchini harvests in our suburban garden, but as far as I could remember, we chucked the flowers and sauteed the...
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Corsica: France’s best-kept secret

I'm torn between jumping from the hillside and shouting about the amazingness that is the island of Corsica, and selfishly keeping this gem for myself and the rest of the French-speaking world. However, I've never been good at keeping secrets and I...
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The difference between sand, stones and smaller stones

Ah, sandy beaches. It's a foreign concept to many French people, who are used to toughing it out on large, round stones at the sea. However, I've been spoiled by the California coastline and Hawaiian islands: laying out should be relaxing, not a...
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Warning: infectious wanderlust within

A few months ago, I let you all in on my dirty travel secret: I have no desire to do a RTW trip. Am I allowed to change my mind? After reading The Lost Girls—a birthday gift from my mom, confirming that she sometimes knows what I want better than...
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