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August 2010

Learning to cook like a Parisian

Food inevitably becomes a major focus of any trip I take. Meals are an excellent way to soak up a culture, its customs and its spice for life. I’ve found that food is an excellent reflection of a culture and what they value. While I usually...
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Postcard from Barcelona

While I don't think Barcelona was the prettiest or most photogenic city--the lack of a consistent architectural style makes it a bit discombobulated--it had its moments. Here are a few of my favorite shots from this Spanish city by the...
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A city’s nightlife doesn’t tempt an early bird

Early to bed, early to rise. It’s not exactly the rallying cry of twenty-somethings all over the world, but I’ve always believed in the rejuvenating power of eight hours of sleep and the positive energy that comes with waking up early. That’s...
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The European soccer experience

Despite playing soccer competitively for years and becoming full-out obsessed with game times whenever the World Cup rolls around, I'd never attended a professional soccer game. My professional sports world is dominated by summer afternoons at San...
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Things not to do in Barcelona

Laying on the beach and drinking sangria aside, I think my favorite activity in Barcelona is deciphering the graphic signs that dot the city. Some state the obvious: don't break public property. Others bring up the not-so-obvious: how many people are...
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Menton: city of lemons, sandy beaches and stairs

My parents raved about Menton after their last trip to Nice: they loved it so much that they decided it would be their home base in the South of France from now on. My parents are huge fans of Nice--they were definitely big supporters in my decision...
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A French woman’s view of NYC

I doubt there's an account of an American woman braving a year in Paris or Provence that I haven't read. Before I embarked on a similar journey, I lived vicariously through these memoirs of falling in love with the French lifestyle (and perhaps a...
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Buenos días, Barcelona y Valencia!

While studying in Paris a few summers ago, I fell in love with Barcelona. First, I watched L'Auberge Espagnole, a film that follows the adventures of a French graduate student living in Barcelona. Shots of white sandy beaches and incredible...
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Logistics: a place to stay in Marseille

Booking accommodation two days before arrival is always a bit of a gamble. It’s even more a gamble in August, the ultimate tourist high season in France. Add in a limited budget to the short notice and a single supplement—I was fully mentally...
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The world is a blank canvas

Marseille certainly isn't known for the cleanliness of its roads or the beauty of its buildings. However, this hasn't stopped the city from trying to revitalize its streets with a bit of urban art. Cool Globes is an exposition throughout the city...
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