France

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 crowded metros and unexpected details: a place where I feel at home and completely foreign. I […]

July 16, 2012 Continue reading…

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 reflective as saltwater. But on my last trip to Paris, Nevin and […]

June 28, 2012 Continue reading…

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 anonymity. However, I slipped right back into my Western habits, expectations, standards as I tried to prove […]

June 25, 2012 Continue reading…

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, New Zealand, Asia. France is both familiar and foreign to […]

June 20, 2012 Continue reading…

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 pale and misty. And then I wandered up on abandoned Vincennes […]

June 14, 2012 Continue reading…

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, sanity. However, it’s not always cost-efficient as a solo traveler. I often stay in hostel dorms to avoid the […]

June 11, 2012 Continue reading…

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 was 19, had […]

July 31, 2011 Continue reading…