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The Art of Skype

My last exploring Paris took place right in the lobby of our hotel. There is a little French boy staying in the city while he undergoes cancer treatment; he is here with his mom while his dad remains at home. The attendants of the hotel have been extremely accommodating and have helped turn the Citadines […]

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Who shot JR?

I was riding home in a taxi when our cab driver asked me where I was from. After our usual exchange, he was so excited to find out that I came from Dallas, Texas. He immediately asked me “Who shot J.R.!” This was not the first time this has happened. Whenever I introduce myself to […]

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A Day at the Invalides

Our class met at the Varenne Metro Station and began a tour of the Invalides.  Upon arrival, it became obvious that this space’s main purpose was to memorialize France’s military efforts and conquests. The row of cannons and large iron gates emulate a stronghold and help transport the visitor back in time. Built by Louis […]

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Layers of the Marais

The fact that Nike, a multi-national fortune 500 company, has chosen to open a store within the Marais serves as a testament to the fact that the area has become one of Paris’ great shopping destinations.

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Brush with Fame

It’s my second week in Paris and I am lucky enough to say that I’ve had a brush with fame. After one of our classroom assignments, I decided to walk around the Louvre and the surrounding area to get a more unregulated feel of the city. Not before long, I found myself walking down the […]

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Nostalgia & the Present

Time is forever. This photograph perfectly captures this idea that the past is an ever-present reservoir of one’s memories or how they chose to remember.  While many Parisians take pride in living in a city full of so much history, they are inhibited by its physical constraints. I chose this photo because it displays potted […]

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Lost on Day 3

Today was the first day everyone rode the metro from our apartments to classroom without guided supervision. I ended up on a train that was heavily delayed due to maintenance. As the conductor explained the circumstances, all the inhabitants of the train, myself included, went above ground into the Montparnasse area of Paris.  At first, […]

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