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Old Friends and New Wine

This weekend, one of my dear friends who I haven’t seen since high school came to visit me from England. Wanting to impress this Paris first-timer, I decided to take him to the Madeline for a little shopping and dinner. I chose this neighborhood because to me it really encapsulates the luxury experience that Americans […]

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Intersecting Histories on Bisecting Streets

This Star of David and heart floating above encapsulates the security of the Jewish community in the Marias. Filling the windows of just about every building in the area, mannequins are the perfect showcase of the shopping culture of the Marais.  

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Strolling the Champs- Elysees

This weekend, I finally had the opportunity to do one of my favorite activities: shopping. Rather than playing it safe, I decided to go big and took to the Champs-Elysees for a few hours. I found it very interesting that while there were the major international brands that you would expect in an upscale shopping area like […]

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Holy Guacamole, A Mexican Restaurant in Paris

One thing that has really surprised me about Paris so far is the overwhelming amount of diversity here. One place where this is especially reflected is in the several different types of restaurants. So on Tuesday, me and a few of my classmates decided to step off the beaten path and go to a Mexican restaurant… […]

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Sorta like Time Travel: Walking Through the 1st and 8th Arrondissements

Yesterday, our class met up near the Louvre to go on a walking tour of 19th Century Parisian architecture. When I learned this was going to be our afternoon activity I have to admit, I was a bit perplexed about what  we were getting ourselves into. It was a cold, windy, overcast day-not exactly ideal conditions for wandering […]

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Nostalgia in Every Age

For 200 years, Paris has captivated the imaginations of people worldwide with these two things, cafes and the Eiffel Tower. Both somehow have retained the indescribable ability to captivate the imagination and transport one to simpler times.                

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Parisian Pride: Protests at the Invalides

On my first night in Paris rather than simply sleeping off my jetlag, I was unable to resist hopping on the Metro and simply wandering through the city. While walking along the in  the 7th District, I turned the corner to find a massive  marriage equality demonstration taking place in front of the Hôtel des Invalides. […]

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