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Tivoli Gardens theme park in Copenhagen

A visit to Tivoli Gardens

When my friend Renee suggested spending my 29th birthday at a theme park, I was extremely dubious. Other than Ferris wheels (which I adore), I generally feel that theme parks are expensive and manufactured and best experienced either as a child or...
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Nyhavn colorful buildings in Copenhagen, Denmark

A long weekend in Copenhagen

I’m honestly surprised it took me this long to visit Copenhagen! I worked for a high-end Danish furniture company in Australia, where I learned a ton about the iconic Scandinavian designers and became enamored with the concept of hygge. And then I...
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L'as du Falafel in Le Marais, Paris, France

Why I always stay in the Marais when I visit Paris

Whenever I visit Paris, I stay in the Marais neighborhood. My very first trip to Paris was when I was 11: it was with my mom and a family friend, and we stayed in a teeny-tiny hotel room up a skinny circular staircase right down the street from the...
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Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

The 10 things I always do in Paris

I've been to Paris quite a few times, and every time I go, I try to seek out new things to experience--but I also make a point to go back and do the things that I love the most. On my last trip to Paris, I was playing tour guide for my boyfriend--not...
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A day at Versailles

My main takeaway from Versailles: (somewhat) glad we went, but not in any rush to go back. The last time I went to Versailles, I was 16: I remember enjoying Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon and the general splendor of the chateau, but not much else....
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Vedettes de Paris river cruise

The two tours in Paris I recommend

To be honest, I'm not too much of a tour person: I'd almost always rather explore a new city on my own. My two exceptions: bike tours and river cruises. Although I bike regularly in New York City, I always find it easier to get the hang of biking in...
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A weekend in Pigalle

Montmartre and Pigalle are possibly one of the most "touristy" neighborhoods in Paris that I've barely spent any time in: I've never been too drawn to the Moulin Rouge (I've still never seen the movie!), and although I have eaten at the famous Amelie...
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A weekend in Cambridge

To be completely honest: although our time in Cambridge was the main reason for our trip overseas (a dear friend's nuptials!), I didn't have super high expectations of our time there beyond being very excited for the wedding festivities. As soon as...
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Paris: on video!

We're back home after a wonderful visit to Paris and Cambridge, and honestly, I am so thrilled to be reunited with Gertie! That said, I had so much fun playing tour guide in Paris: we went back to all of my favorite places, checked out a few touristy...
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Postcard from the streets of Cannes

I'm still in a bit of disbelief over the events in Nice last week. Six years ago on Bastille Day, I drank champagne and watched the fireworks with friends on that very same promenade. I was in Cannes just a few weeks ago, and I head back to Paris in...
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