August 2010

Buenos días, Barcelona y Valencia!

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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 architecture left a sizable, Spain-shaped imprint on my mind. Second, I befriended a group of […]

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Logistics: a place to stay in Marseille

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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 preparing myself to overpay for a break from Nice. However, I was […]

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The world is a blank canvas

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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 that aims to bring awareness to environmental issues, particularly global warming, through a […]

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How ice cream brings us together

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I had a moment with the ice cream man the other day. Pascal and I have been getting on quite nicely–we ça va each other every time I wander up to order another cornet. But this time, I achieved what every ice cream seeker is secretly wishing for: a free scoop. I ordered pear and […]

August 13, 2010 Continue reading…

Why I chose African over French cuisine

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So my grand French foodie plan was to go to Marseille to taste its world-famous bouillabaisse, and then share its secrets. I’ve never tasted the classic French stew, and I figured it would be best to go to the source for the most authentic dish. And then I saw the price. At around 50 to […]

August 12, 2010 Continue reading…

Escape to the maritime city of Marseille

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I’m getting a lot better at this spontaneous travel thing. When I found out four days ago that I had two days off from my waitressing gig in a row, I decided to take advantage of it and scheduled a getaway to Marseille. While Marseille is France’s second-largest city, it’s mostly known for being dirty […]

August 11, 2010 Continue reading…

A bit of fresh air and a garden of art

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A mere nap ride on the bus, and I was suddenly surrounded by the sound of cicadas instead of waves and I was breathing in the smell of trees instead of salt water. St-Paul-de-Vence is only about an hour away from Nice on line 400 bus (and only 1 Euro, of course) but it feels […]

August 9, 2010 Continue reading…