October 2010

Postcard from the streets of Paris

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The beauty of Paris lies in its timeless architecture, monumental attractions and perfectly-planned French gardens. However, much of its character can be found in its streets: the graffiti, the murals, the posters that have been torn down and put back up again. While the art in the Louvre is timeless, the art on the streets […]

October 31, 2010 Continue reading…

My list of little travel joys

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Sometimes travel is frustrating: you’re out of your comfort zone, you don’t understand the language, your train is running late, you’re ridiculously tired and all you want is to be curled up in the comfort of home. That, or a really good cry and a chocolate bar. But other times, travel (and life) is ridiculously […]

October 29, 2010 Continue reading…

The good, bad and worst in three hostels

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In the past two weeks, I’ve stayed in three different hostels. City Backpackers in Stockholm, Sweden set a new high, a standard against which all future hostels will be judged. And Oops! Hostel and Young & Happy in Paris are fighting it out for the title of the worst hostel at which I’ve ever stayed. […]

October 25, 2010 Continue reading…

Postcard from a Paris bubble

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I adore modern art for its ability to invoke emotion and encourage discussion about what is art. Would you consider this man, set up outside the Centre Pompidou, an artist for bringing smiles and creating photo opportunities to the crowd? I think I might.

October 24, 2010 Continue reading…

Alliance Française: the best way to learn French

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Learning a language isn’t easy. Even with a built-in French tutor as a mother, a few linguistic séjours under my belt and more French grammar books than I can count, I still hesitate to call myself fluent. However, I haven’t hit a situation yet that I couldn’t handle in French and while people can sometimes […]

October 21, 2010 Continue reading…

Logistics: what to do in Stockholm

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Sweden: home of Ikea, H&M and Absolut–and gorgeous blonde people. Stockholm, the country’s capital, boasts much more than just DIY furniture, low-cost clothing and popular vodka–although it stays true to form with plenty of attractive blondes. While you can expect to dish out the big kronas on food, drink and public transport (perk: the subway […]

October 18, 2010 Continue reading…

Postcard from Stockholm, Sweden

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The capital of Sweden is absolutely gorgeous–but in a different way from Paris or Rome. Instead of romantic streets, charming courtyards and perfectly-planned gardens, Stockholm boasts wide boulevards, modern buildings and an unbelievable amount of parks–with grass you can actually tread on. While it was a chilly change from the Côte d’Azur, there was an […]

October 17, 2010 Continue reading…