Jardin du Luxembourg v. Parc Monceau
This is the battle of the parks. The more popular, grander Jardin du Luxembourg versus the smaller, kitschier Parc Monceau. Jardin du Luxembourg Jardin du Luxembourg is the largest park in Paris. The Palais du Luxembourg, the palace in the middle of the park, houses the French Senate. It was an important location in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. Along with famous statues, perfectly...
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I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.– Gerry Spence
Although it may seem like it, there’s more to Paris than monuments, museums, restaurants and boutiques. There’s a diverse and exciting nightlife going on after midnight. Yes, midnight. Showcase Showcase is the ultimate in Paris nightlife. It’s so exclusive that to this day I’m still baffled at how I got in. Here’s my experience at Showcase: Waiting in line...
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake....– Robert Louis Stevenson (via lavenderdays)
Food in France: Much More Than Snails
Although France is known for its amazing cuisine, I found that the ethnic and multicultural food in Paris was more fun to eat. I ate my share of French food. If my host mom had a restaurant I would recommend it to everyone - seriously I ate so much I gained 10 pounds in six weeks. But the restaurants my friends and I liked going to didn’t feature the standard French fare of pâté, frog...
Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris.– Thomas Gold Appleton (I hope so)
Giverny - A Must See
Any visit to Paris is not complete without a visit to Giverny, Claude Monet’s home and gardens. In the gardens, flowers in every shade of purple, blue, pink, orange and white, striped, speckled and spotted can be found swaying in the breeze. It’s a bee’s playground – they can be heard buzzing from blossom to bud. The water lily garden is as incredible as Monet’s paintings suggest, especially...
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If you’re in Paris in mid to late June, Fête de la Musique is a must see. There’s nothing else like it. Fête de la Musique is a full day of concerts throughout Paris. There’s everything from jazz to classical to hip hop to pop. And the best part? It’s free to everyone! Last summer, 2009, I saw Seal, Jason Mraz and at least 20 other artists at one concert. Across town...
Beautiful Blouses, Wallet Busters
As you know, one-third of my blog is dedicated to shopping. And what better place to shop than the fashion capital of the world? Paris has no end to unique boutiques that make a shopper lightheaded at the sheer volume of couture. Here’s my tip. When you go to Paris don’t expect to come back with a brand new wardrobe of gorgeous chemises and pantalons. Have realistic expectations...
How Not to be Hated by the French
It’s an urban myth that the French are rude. They aren’t, not in my experience. With that said, while the French may love Barack Obama and McDonalds, they don’t want their cities taken over by American tourists. Here’s a few tips on how NOT to be a blatant American and how to NOT be hated: Speak their language. Trust me, they know immediately if you’re not...
Sushi, Fallafel, Crepes! Oh, My!
Food in le Marais The school UA borrowed for the summer, and where I often daydreamed about being out shopping instead of in class, is in le Marais. It was also close to the Jewish quarter and the best falafel I’ve had, although I haven’t been to the Middle East. We devoured hummus and pitas on our quick lunch breaks at L’As du Fallafel. I prefer curry chicken instead of traditional falafel....