27 06, 2017
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No Wonder They Chopped Your Head Off

So it’s 1789, and you’re King Louis XVI of France. Up to this point, everything has been going pretty well for you: You have a hot Austrian wife who loves cake. You own enough palaces that if you stacked them all up towards the moon, you’d be like, a bunch of palaces closer to the moon. And even though nobody has invented Amazon Prime yet, you can still get pretty much anything you want in [...]

11 07, 2016
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My Cabbage, My Darling

A laugh rings out from the next room. “Oh, my darling,” the voice tinkles. “You say that to all your women.” My Darling chuckles. “Only to you and my wife, my cabbage.” I freeze and flick my eyes to the door. Scandal. French scandal. I knew this was going to be a good day. “Now, my darling, don’t mention her here,” My Cabbage reproaches. “This is our space. Our home.” Oops. Did [...]

29 06, 2016
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French Rejection Hurts the Same

WHOMP WHOMP whump WHOMP WHOMP. A muted but still thumpin’ bass line leaks through the concrete walls of the building ahead. I squint and consult my map. “That’s gotta be it,” I say, pointing. My companion smirk-smiles. “I dunno,” he says. WHOMP WHOMP WHOMP. “I think that might be the library.” I straighten my shoulders and hide my giant glasses in the pocket of my giant army jacket. WHOMP WHOMP. “No, this is [...]

24 06, 2016
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Silly Sausage

I walk in without a reservation. “Hi,” I say. “I don’t have a reservation.” The host gapes in shock, eyes wide, nostrils flared into perfect tiny O’s. “Vous…” he begins. “Vous…” “Yes,” I repeat, “I don’t have a reservation.” “Vous êtes… Americain?” he chokes out. Ah. “No, no, I’m Canadian,” I assure him. The room breathes a collective sigh of relief. “Oh! That’s fine,” he says. “Have a seat.” He points to an [...]

10 06, 2016
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Nowhere to Go But Up(Hill)

When I first arrive in Lyon, I am young and full of hope. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the floodwaters are lapping but gently against the banks of the Rhone and the Saône. “This city is so peaceful,” I say without a hint of dramatic irony. “Black magic has no place here.” Across the Saône, shadows drift across the spires and turrets of a stony basilica. Beyond, [...]

23 03, 2016
  • Stolpersteins are small, cobblestone-sized memorials for individual victims of Nazism. Dinkelsbühl, Germany

Just look down: the memorial you may never see in Europe

If you ever take the time to look down at the ground, which, if you are like any of others in the Millennial Generation, than you are already looking down at your phone. However, if you take time to look past the latest video of kittens on Facebook, you will see one of the largest and possibly underappreciated art projects in Europe. Stolperstein at Salzstraße 2, Münster The ‘Stolperstein’ is a [...]

16 01, 2016
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When in Cannes

The beaches in Cannes are some of the best along the French Riviera due to the presence of sand as opposed to the more commonly found pebbles of the Cȏte d'Azur. No, this sand is not a miracle of nature found only in Cannes, it is a product of the wealthy residents of the city paying to import sand from more fortunate beaches to avoid having to bruise their well-manicured feet. You [...]

8 12, 2015
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Flight School: Cliff Jumping in Nice

If your mom never yelled at you while you were younger and said something along the lines of, "if all your friends told you to jump off of a cliff would you do it?!" then you were probably a total square and should go back to class, you teacher's pet. In Nice, if your friends tell you to jump off of a cliff, you should totally do it. The geography of the [...]

6 12, 2015
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ABCs of Antibes: Absinthe, Billionaires, & Coastline

Antibes is the small town squished between Nice and Cannes that serves as a backup port for those who can't find a place to moor their yacht in Cannes. Okay, this might not be totally true, but Antibes is famous for "Billionaire's Bay," a bay that should require no explanation further than its title.  Beyond being one of the world's most valuable parking garages, Antibes is home to several other interesting attractions. [...]

21 11, 2015
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Farmville to Forville

Le Marché Forville is a giant open market full of vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, etc. The market takes place in the morning until about mid-day everyday but Monday, when it’s replaced by the Brocante Market next to Le Palais des Festivals.  The venue itself is a large, open-air pavilion that somewhat resembles a train station (except for the fact that it's missing trains). It's located along Rue Luis Blanc [...]

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