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 Centre Pompidou. On subsequent trips with my […]

September 22, 2016 Continue reading…

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 only was it […]

September 15, 2016 Continue reading…

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. Fast forward 12 years, to a time when travel is […]

September 1, 2016 Continue reading…

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 a new city with a […]

August 31, 2016 Continue reading…

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 cafe, once was enough. But on this last trip to Paris, my […]

August 25, 2016 Continue reading…

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 things that I hadn’t done since I was […]

August 16, 2016 Continue reading…

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 a few more weeks: France is heavy […]

July 21, 2016 Continue reading…