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The Top of the Eiffel Tower

To commemorate our last week in Paris, Crawford, Aaron and I decided we had to visit the ultimate tourist attraction: the top of the Eiffel Tower.  To our surprise, the line was relatively short and we quickly began our ascension of the tower.  Although the Eiffel Tower is an incredibly romanticized aspect of Parisian culture, I […]

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Boulevard Montmartre

In order to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and to satisfy our cravings for Mexican food, a group of us ventured to the Chipotle located on Boulevard Montmartre, which had opened in May 2012.  Once inside the crowded restaurant, I noticed people from many cultures including French, American, and Asian backgrounds.  It was particularly interesting to […]

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Documenting Layers of History in the Marais

This detailed, beautiful ironwork immediately struck me as a layer of the aristocratic past of the Marais.

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Très Honoré & The Parisian Pace

On Tuesday, Josh and I decided to explore the Opéra area of Paris.  After walking through some of the streets, we settled in Très Honoré, a quaint café on a quiet avenue.  Upon sitting down, I was anxious to immediately order my coffee, drink it, and resume my exploration of this Parisian district.  However, I […]

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April 29: Musée du Louvre

Quelques-uns diraient que les défis que présente le Louvre sont multiples: comment faut-il apprécier sa grandeur immense? Comment interpréter l’histoire de ses objets d’antiquité? Comment regarder les tableaux gigantesques? Et bien sûr, que veut dire le visage de la Joconde? Moi, je trouve que le défi du Louvre est singulier: comment peut-on avoir expérience complète, […]

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Images of Reality and Nostalgia in a Parisian Passage

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Adventures in French Grocery Shopping

After the first day of jet lag and orientation, my roommate and I decided to investigate the area around Place d’Italie.  We discovered an interesting mall right next to our hotel; to our surprise it housed great department stores, many restaurants, and an immense grocery store.  We were amazed at the proximity of multi-leveled complex […]

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