July 2010

Corsica: France’s best-kept secret

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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 can still barely contain my excitement about this island of beauty. Before I […]

July 21, 2010 Continue reading…

The difference between sand, stones and smaller stones

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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 constant struggle to get comfortable on the rocks.

July 17, 2010 Continue reading…

Warning: infectious wanderlust within

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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 I do—I’ve been struck with […]

July 16, 2010 Continue reading…

Homemade raspberry jam, all year long

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I do not come from a family of jam-makers. For me, jam is a souvenir: I buy pineapple or passionfruit jam in tiny shops in Maui upcountry, or fresh apple butter after a trip to Apple Hill. I’m intrigued by the homemade labels and unexpected fruit combinations at farmers’ markets, and can rarely resist buying […]

July 15, 2010 Continue reading…

Logistics: a place to stay in Paris

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Rarely will I admit to being a spoiled only child, but there’s one thing that I did always take for granted: perfect Paris accommodations. Other than a monthlong stint in a dorm in the Thirteenth while studying at Alliance Française, Paris has generally been a mother-daughter shopping destination. Since my parents aren’t on a backpackers’ […]

July 14, 2010 Continue reading…

A bet on love in the city of romance

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I’m a sucker for black-and-white pictures of Paris and wedding photos. I can look at either one for hours, daydreaming of rendezvous in the most romantic city in the world and pretending that Taylor Swift songs really do come true. So when I saw a publicité for Paris D’Amour, a photography exhibit being held at […]

July 12, 2010 Continue reading…

Even a heat wave in Paris is charming

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One of my favorite ways to spend a sunny day in Paris is in the Jardins de Luxembourg. All I need is the latest copy of French Elle, a refreshing (preferably pink) drink and a place to put up my feet. Obviously, I’m not the only one who thinks this is the perfect afternoon.

July 11, 2010 Continue reading…