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September 2010

Nice is a whole new world on a Vespa

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...
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Postcard from Oktoberfest

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...
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The words of the wise and Niçoise

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...
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Une is the loneliest number

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...
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Postcard from Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

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. 1894...
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Women in France don’t get fat…right?

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

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...
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Postcard from La Tomatina

La Tomatina is basically one giant food fight that occurs for one hour on the last Wednesday of every August in a tiny town outside of Valencia, Spain. Since being established (rather accidently) in 1945, banned in the 1950s and approved (and funded)...
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Work to live or live to work?

There’s just one bit of American-ness that I can’t seem to shake: being a workaholic. Despite living in a country with a 35-hour work week and a minimum of one month of vacation a year, I can’t bring myself to say no to additional work (and money in...
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Barcelona off the beaten path

There are plenty of historical (read: tourist) sites in Barcelona, but the real character of the city shines through when you step off the beaten path. To see the main sites, take a tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours. While Barcelona certainly isn’t the...
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