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October 2010

Postcard from the streets of Paris

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...
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My list of little travel joys

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...
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The good, bad and worst in three hostels

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...
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Postcard from a Paris bubble

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...
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Alliance Française: the best way to learn French

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...
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Logistics: what to do in Stockholm

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....
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Postcard from Stockholm, Sweden

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...
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Sometimes, I wish I were there

It hits me when I see a couple playing with a puppy in a park, or when I spot an advertisement for an adorable apartment. I get a tinge when I’m wandering through home design stores and spot an awesome kitchen gadget or gorgeous bed linen. Sometimes...
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Where to grab a drink in Nice

There is no shortage of places to grab a drink in Nice. Old Town is full of restaurants, cafés and bars to sip some wine, chug a beer or splurge on a cocktail. Nice doesn't have a huge club scene, but many of the bars offer live music on a daily or...
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Here’s an alert: life is dangerous, so live it

The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert last week for all U.S. citizens traveling in Europe. As soon as I heard about it, I was shocked--mostly by the giant waste of time and energy by the government and media in issuing and promoting this...
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