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Why I love Paris in January

Now that January has hit New York City, I'm having pangs of Paris envy: my mom and I took advantage of cheap airline tickets and spent 10 days in Paris on my long winter break when I was in college a few times. They were my favorite mother-daughter...
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My favorite views in Nice

As the weather gets chillier and I go longer and longer without a proper pain au chocolat, I really start to miss Nice. Even though I realize I'd never want to live there full-time--which has more to do with the endless red tape of French bureaucracy...
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The best of the French Riviera, via Instagram

When I decided to visit Croatia, I realized there was no way I'd be able to go to Europe without at least a stopover in Nice: I spent seven months living in this Mediterranean gem, but with studying French, two jobs, a blog and a social life, I...
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Postcard from Old Nice

I have a love/hate relationship with Old Nice: the winding network of cobbled streets and vividly-colored shutters are crowded with terrace tables and slow-walking tourists. For seven months, I lived on the edge of Place Garibaldi: overlooking the...
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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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Capture the color

I'm not a girl who shies away from color: I like to be swathed in neon and surrounded by brilliantly blue skies. I get depressed when I wear too much black, sit beneath gray clouds, stare into glass and concrete. Whenever I'm traveling, I seek out...
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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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