Europe

“French” things that aren’t really French

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I’m always amused by American stereotypes of the French, and the things they expect to find on a first visit to France. Visions of berets and baguettes, expectations of pastries and poodles. While you can count on straightforward (read: rude) French waiters and a strike to ruin your travel plans, there are plenty of things […]

July 28, 2010 Continue reading…

Logistics: the ferry from Nice to Corsica

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What encourages spontaneity more than rock-bottom prices? When conversation turned to Corsica, the only option for how to get there (in our minds) was Corsica Ferries. We’d watched the big yellow and blue boats, emblazoned with the Corsican national symbol, coming and going from the Nice port every day. And we were shocked when we […]

July 26, 2010 Continue reading…

Modern art, feminism and theme parks in Paris

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Ever since a high school philosophy class field trip to the SFMOMA, I’ve been intrigued by modern art. Our class visited the SFMOMA and the Legion of Honor museum with one task: find the most beautiful and least beautiful pieces in both. Yet beauty is obviously in the eye of the beholder, and defending why […]

July 23, 2010 Continue reading…

Corsica: France’s best-kept secret

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I’m torn between jumping from the hillside and shouting about the amazingness that is the island of Corsica, and selfishly keeping this gem for myself and the rest of the French-speaking world. However, I’ve never been good at keeping secrets and I can still barely contain my excitement about this island of beauty. Before I […]

July 21, 2010 Continue reading…

Logistics: a place to stay in Paris

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Rarely will I admit to being a spoiled only child, but there’s one thing that I did always take for granted: perfect Paris accommodations. Other than a monthlong stint in a dorm in the Thirteenth while studying at Alliance Française, Paris has generally been a mother-daughter shopping destination. Since my parents aren’t on a backpackers’ […]

July 14, 2010 Continue reading…

A bet on love in the city of romance

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I’m a sucker for black-and-white pictures of Paris and wedding photos. I can look at either one for hours, daydreaming of rendezvous in the most romantic city in the world and pretending that Taylor Swift songs really do come true. So when I saw a publicité for Paris D’Amour, a photography exhibit being held at […]

July 12, 2010 Continue reading…

Logistics: the rails between Paris and Nice

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Wondering how to turn your visit to the City of Lights into a day at the beach? Nice and the sunny shores of the French Riviera aren’t as far as you think, thanks to the glorious European rail system. Plane, train or automobile? That was the debate for how to get to Paris from Nice. […]

July 7, 2010 Continue reading…