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The best tastes of Nice for a budget foodie

Any trip to France isn’t complete without a veritable culinary experience, preferably complete with wine and dessert. While Paris and Lyon have their share of Michelin-starred restaurants and world-famous patisseries, Nice is the perfect destination...
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Nice is a whole new world on a Vespa

I’ve been enamoured with Vespas ever since seeing Audrey Hepburn hop on the back of Gregory Peck’s for a ride through the streets in Roman Holiday. That carefree Vespa jaunt through Rome seems to encompass all the freedom and adventure that Hepburn’s...
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The words of the wise and Niçoise

Nice is home to one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Settled in 350 B.C. by the ancient Greeks, it was originally called Nikaia after the goddess of victory. Since then, it’s changed hands multiple times, thanks to its strategic location...
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Women in France don’t get fat…right?

The numbers have been slowing creeping upwards on the scale--but they're in kilos, so they mean very little to someone who worries in pounds. Even so, my skinny jeans are feeling a bit TOO skinny—and I know that all those three-course meals, cheese...
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Please, Mr. Postman, some customer service

The post office often gets a bad rap. Long lines, grumpy workers, and ever-more-expensive postage. Despite this, I love snail mail: the little joy of opening up a card or package is one that I enjoy giving and receiving. My grandma sent me...
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Why the whole world wants to be French

Gone are the days of freedom fries: the world is having a love affair with France. Non-Frenchies want to know how to not get fat and how to pull off an outfit with attitude without even trying. French women have it good: why the whole world...
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Learning to cook like a Parisian

Food inevitably becomes a major focus of any trip I take. Meals are an excellent way to soak up a culture, its customs and its spice for life. I’ve found that food is an excellent reflection of a culture and what they value. While I usually...
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A French woman’s view of NYC

I doubt there's an account of an American woman braving a year in Paris or Provence that I haven't read. Before I embarked on a similar journey, I lived vicariously through these memoirs of falling in love with the French lifestyle (and perhaps a...
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Logistics: a place to stay in Marseille

Booking accommodation two days before arrival is always a bit of a gamble. It’s even more a gamble in August, the ultimate tourist high season in France. Add in a limited budget to the short notice and a single supplement—I was fully mentally...
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Escape to the maritime city of Marseille

I’m getting a lot better at this spontaneous travel thing. When I found out four days ago that I had two days off from my waitressing gig in a row, I decided to take advantage of it and scheduled a getaway to Marseille. While Marseille is...
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