September 2010

Nice is a whole new world on a Vespa

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I’ve been enamoured with Vespas ever since seeing Audrey Hepburn hop on the back of Gregory Peck’s for a ride through the streets in Roman Holiday. That carefree Vespa jaunt through Rome seems to encompass all the freedom and adventure that Hepburn’s character is seeking. Romantic ideals aside, the concept of a Vespa tour in […]

September 29, 2010 Continue reading…

Postcard from Oktoberfest

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Let me tell you, Munich knows how to throw a party. As I attempt to recover from a weekend where I did nothing but drink beer, eat sausages and pretzels, and sing Bavarian folk songs, here are a few photos from Oktoberfest, a party that has been going strong for 200 years. There is no […]

September 27, 2010 Continue reading…

The words of the wise and Niçoise

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Nice is home to one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Settled in 350 B.C. by the ancient Greeks, it was originally called Nikaia after the goddess of victory. Since then, it’s changed hands multiple times, thanks to its strategic location and port. Although Nice has been French for 150 years, many of its […]

September 22, 2010 Continue reading…

Une is the loneliest number

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Growing up as an only child, I quickly learned how to amuse myself. But even as I’ve grown older, I’ve always loved my alone time: to get lost in a book, to see whatever movie I want, to just be. No matter whether I’m in a relationship or living with my best friends, I still […]

September 20, 2010 Continue reading…

Postcard from Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

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Nine thematic gardens. A view of the sea from three out of four windows. A water show played to classical music every half hour. A collection of instrument-playing monkey figurines.

September 19, 2010 Continue reading…

Women in France don’t get fat…right?

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The numbers have been slowing creeping upwards on the scale–but they’re in kilos, so they mean very little to someone who worries in pounds. Even so, my skinny jeans are feeling a bit TOO skinny—and I know that all those three-course meals, cheese plates and pains aux chocolats have to go somewhere. But French women […]

September 15, 2010 Continue reading…

Tastes of Spain: the good, the bland and the churros

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I realized something when I arrived in Spain: you rarely hear about Spanish food. Wherever you go in the world, you can find Italian pizzerias and Japanese sushi bars. French haute cuisine is revered. Turkish kebabs, Chinese takeout and Indian curries are the best budget options. But Spanish food? Who eats Spanish food outside of […]

September 13, 2010 Continue reading…