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A Trip Through Modern Paris

    On May 2nd, the class’s afternoon activity was a tour of the modern section of Paris. We saw the large-scale $2.5 billion dollar project conducted by Francois Mitterrand during his presidency of France. After getting off the metro at the Bercy station, we walked over to the Bibliothèque Francois Mitterand. En route, Professors […]

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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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Iron Man 3

This week I decided that I wanted to see Iron Man 3.  There’s just something very exciting about being able to say I saw it before everyone else in America. I headed to the French theater with Xandy… neither of us speak French, but they were showing the original English version with French subtitles. Perfect. […]

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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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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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Back to The Frog

An avid futbol fan, I found it only fitting that I’d end up in a British Pub for the Champions League semi-final futbol match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Barcelona needed to win the match four-nil in order to move on into the next round fittingly enough in Wembley Stadium. Accompanied by Luke, Josh, Aaron, and Megan […]

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Journey to the Soccer Stadium

After today’s class concluded, two classmates (Luke and Larry) and I went to the Parc des Princes, the Paris soccer team’s stadium. Our plan was to buy tickets for a game this Sunday. Our destination was far away, so we embarked on quite a long metro ride. We eventually made it to the stadium, and […]

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Ave Montaigne

On Monday April 29, My friend Larry and I had gotten word of a store in the eighth arrondissement that sold PSG soccer gear, and we decided to investigate further.  Upon coming above ground from the Metro and searching through my Paris Pratique book for the street intersection of the store, I notice that a […]

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A Taste of Home

This past Sunday, my friends and I decided we were feeling a bit homesick for American food, particularly American breakfast food. Luckily, my roommate had stumbled upon a place in the Latin Quarter known as Breakfast-In-America. Despite heading out for a late brunch, around 2:00 pm, we were forced to wait in line for almost […]

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Shakespeare and Company

On Saturday, Maddie and I went back to the Notre Dame area to visit the Shakespeare and Company bookstore. The bookstore originally opened in 1951 and has been mentioned in many films and books, including Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. Every facet of the shop, from the British shopkeepers to the windy staircases, is quaint in […]

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Jardins des Plantes

Last week, on one of the only warm and sunny days of our trip, Sarah and I decided to go and read in a park somewhere so that we could try and soak up a little sun.  We decided on the Jardins des Plantes since it was only three metro stops away from Place d’Italie.  […]

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Remembering the past and enjoying the present

On April 30th we spent the day discussing and looking at the architecture of Paris.  We talked about the history of Paris before Haussman, how the streets were filled with sewage and so narrow that it was incredibly hard to move from one area of Paris to the next.  With the advent of Haussman the […]

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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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Shakespeare and Company

Lundi soir, Ellen et moi sont allées à la librairie Shakespeare and Company, en face de Notre Dame sur l’autre côté de la Seine. En route, nous avons marché sous la pluie parisienne pour la première fois. Nous sommes arrivées à la devanture quelconque vert. C’était à l’étroit sensiblement, et avait l’essence vieux jeu des […]

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Mimes in Paris

Did you know the stereotype about mimes in Paris is true? Perhaps the duo I saw was just trying to appeal to tourist-like audiences who expected such a spectacle. Nevertheless, last Saturday I saw two mimes. I was wandering around Bastille with some friends when we stopped at a café to warm ourselves up. We […]

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The Paris Opera House

On Tuesday I visited the Paris Opera House. We accidentally approached the Opera from the back, so at first all I saw were carvings of famous French thinkers. As a musician, my immediate thought was, “Why don’t they have carvings of musicians on the Opera House?” But when we rounded the side and saw the […]

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Hunting and Nature Museum & Falafel

Last Sunday, a few of us went with our professors to the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Hunting and Nature Museum). It was my favorite museum here so far because everything was really accessible and interactive. We got great pictures with stuffed lions and polar bears and had a great time learning […]

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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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Photos- Memory and Reality

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Photography, Memory, and Reality

This picture shows the reality of the arcade. Several locals passing through, stopping occasionally from shop to shop, on this seemingly average day.

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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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Photography and Memory

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Imagery and Reality

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Images of Reality and Nostalgia in a Parisian Passage

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Memories as History Versus Nostalgia

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Memory and History

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The Making and Finding of Memories in a “Passage”

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Photos as Memory: The Parisian Arcades

These stamps evoke a nostalgic feeling because they connect their viewer to other times and places. Each stamp is a memory of a specific letter about a specific event that would have a special meaning to the person seeing it.

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April 25th- Père Lachaise Cemetery

This Thursday we, as a class, went out to Père Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th arrondissement.  It’s the largest cemetery in the city of Paris and seemed to go on forever.  This place is so large it has its own street signs, winding up and down hills and between the graves.  More on that when […]

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April 24- The Pantheon, les Arenes, and the Luxembourg Gardens

After some class time from 10-12  Thursday morning, we made a visit to les Arenes de Lutece. These Roman ruins once held gladiator fights and now contain a space where people can play sports or simply lounge on the stairs. We also visited the Pantheon on Thursday, the famous building where the remains of the […]

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Arriving in Paris: a Boat Ride and a Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday began quite strangely because, to be quite honest, Sunday and Monday became one. I tried so hard to sleep on the plane ride but I was just too excited. After sleeping for 12 hours Monday night, by the time Tuesday began, I was more than ready to go. Tuesday afternoon began with a very […]

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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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Dinner at the Hippopotamus

On Tuesday night, I went to the Hippopotamus restaurant in the mall by our hotel with four friends. It is like a French version of Ruby Tuesday, and some of the food choices were different such as tartar. The waitress did not speak English, but luckily one of the five of us spoke French. The […]

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The Panic In the Subway

Today in the subway heading back to the hotel from our afternoon trip, I had one of more interesting experiences since arriving in Paris. My metro card was refusing to cooperate with the scanner. I stood there for about two straight minutes trying to get it to work with no success. As the number of […]

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The Fifth Bar

On Wednesday night a few classmates and myself went to a bar in the 5th arrondissement to experience the night life and to catch the Real Madrid soccer match.  The place was packed with people wall to wall, many in soccer jerseys and scarves, all screaming at the television anytime an exciting play occurred. At […]

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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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La dernier guinguette de Paris

I don’t often think about going to a restaurant for the experience.  Most of the time it is for the food, maybe they have a special dish they serve or the chef is renown.  Last Sunday I was able to appreciate a restaurant simply because it was fun.  Chez Louisette and claims to be the […]

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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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An Afternoon With Van Gogh

This afternoon I had the opportunity to adventure into an unknown area of the city. Three of us took a long subway ride to the Musee d’Orsay, a museum dedicated to impressionist artwork. The museum itself is a piece of artwork; it was repurposed from an old train station and the architecture is gorgeous. But […]

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Taking the long way home

On my way home last night after a full day–class in the morning, visiting the Latin Quarter and the Pantheon in the afternoon, apéritif and a movie with students in the evening–I was pooped.  Still, on a whim, I decided to walk an extra few blocks home to my apartment in the 7th arrondissement instead […]

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The Experience of Eating

On our second night in Paris, my roommate and I discovered we were starving, and decided to hit the streets of Place d’Italie in hopes of finding a restaurant that piqued our interests. After making several random turns, we chose Chez les Filles, partially because it looked appealing, as well as the fact that our […]

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Les Anges de la Télé Réalité

Just four days into my Parisian adventures I have had plenty of experiences that will stick with me for a long time, but this one is….. unique.  My first night in Paris I spent in a hotel, exhausted thanks to a day of travel from Rome I turned on the TV.  While I was originally […]

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Crepes Galore

On the third evening of our stay in Paris, a group of 6 or 7 of us went out exploring the 5th arrondisement at the suggestion of a friend who has been studying in Paris all semester. We found a lot of neat restaurants where we could sit and chat with people (granted, I could […]

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An American in Paris: Seeing “Funny Face”

Today was a beautiful, 77 degree (Fahrenheit) in Paris, France. I celebrated successfully navigating the metro and buying my déjeuner (lunch) in French with no help by treating myself to drinks and a movie. Some of my classmates and I wandered to a café located in Place de la Sorbonne for a quick drink before […]

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Photos from Tuesday

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