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Jumping off the diving board at La Reserve, Le Plongeoir in Nice, France

The best beaches in Nice

Confession: I spent a week in Nice and didn’t do one cultural activity, unless you count drinking rosé and eating pissaladiere. Instead, I went to the beach. Instead, I went to the beach. You can find an quite a few accommodations in Nice that are...
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The best of Paris, via Instagram

Paris is a city that's endlessly photographed: the icons, the sunsets, the stately terraces and crumbling facades. It's a city that inspires artists, writers, tourists; it's the most-visited city in the world. For me, Paris is a city of...
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Postcard from a Paris sunset

When I think of my favorite sunsets, I usually think of beaches: the sky swirling into an endless variety of colors over Gili Trawangan or the beaches of Maui. Cities usually block out all the good sky, and concrete isn't nearly as brilliantly...
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Trying too hard to achieve effortless chic: personal style in Paris

Darn it, I muttered to myself as I straightened my hair in the tiny Parisian apartment. I forgot my smoothing cream. I had gone straightener-less for three months in Southeast Asia, embracing the laid-back backpacker culture and relative...
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Once a Francophile, always a Francophile?

I felt a shiver of trepidation as I stepped off the plane at Charles de Gaulle: my passport pages are filled with European stamps, but this was the first time I'd anticipated the thunk of the stamp with pages also covered in stamps from Australia,...
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Postcard from the Promenade Plantée

The first color that comes to mind when I think of Paris: neutral. Is that even a color? I think of gray skies, beige buildings, cream shutters, brown cobblestones. The nuances of gray skies in Paris can be astounding, from dark and foreboding to...
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Renting an apartment in Paris: a Roomorama review

Growing up in a family that favored apartment rentals and timeshares, I’ve long realized the benefits of non-hotel accommodation while traveling. Having a kitchen, a washing machine, an area to lounge and relax saves money, time,...
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Best ways to work, play and stay in France

I may be in Australia now, but France will always have a piece of my heart. My first taste of international travel was a trip to Paris and Provence with my mom when I was 11. I spent a summer in Provence when I was 16, a summer in Paris when I...
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Food and wine envy: Paris edition

As I read through the responses to my query as to people's favorite places in Paris, I wondered how I would answer the question myself. The Marais is my preferred neighborhood and the Jardin du Luxembourg is my go-to spot on a sunny day; I have...
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Paris, Paris: the city I love

Paris envy. I coined the term while working for a Paris food writer in Nice: Rosa Jackson zipped up to the French capital at least once a month to stay current on food and restaurant trends. Whenever she mentioned an upcoming trip or described her...
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