Paris 101

That waiter over there? Yeah, he’s judging you.

Paris leaves an impression on everyone, from students perfecting their langue française to tourists who wonder why the French don’t pronounce half the consonants in each word. This city has been home to countless films, daydreams, and kings named Louis, and it easily destroys all diets with its arsenal of buttery croissants and delicate pastries. Nearly everyone in the world idealizes Paris, whether it’s for the Eiffel Tower, the intellectual literary cafes, or the impossibly chic and be-scarfed denizens of the city. But don’t let yourself be disillusioned by ideals—yes, everyone is in love with Paris, but this place can be rough. When you get Englished for the first time (when your mangled French inquiry is interrupted with an English response), you’ll start to realize that your Converse won’t cut it after all and that maybe you should have paid more attention in French class. Paris will charm and bitchslap you with equal gusto, but don’t get too le tired—think of it as a gentle form of Parisian hazing. Once you learn your way around the narrow, cobblestoned streets and nail down your merci, beaucoup, Paris will be more spectacular than ever. Some tiny corner of it will be yours in memory and experience, whether it’s admiring a painting in an empty room at the Louvre (they exist), listening to the bells of Notre Dame chime as you sit by the Seine, sunbathing in the gorgeous Jardin du Luxembourg, or biting into your first Nutella banana crêpe. Slow down and don’t worry about how well you’re fitting in—this city is big and captivating enough for everyone to claim their little slice.

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2706, 2017
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No Wonder They Chopped Your Head Off

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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 less than 2-4 business days thanks to your authority to chop people’s heads off. Then, all of a sudden these peasants, who up until now [...]

1807, 2016
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The Chase (or, I Got Teargassed and Someone Stole my Phone after the Eurocup Final)

By |Nightlife, Paris, Sports|0 Comments

I came to Europe looking for some life experiences, or whatever. You know, see the world and all that jazz. Urinate on some historical landmarks, cower my way through a red-light district, ride some bicycles, maybe even look at some art. All standard fare. All Enriching and Educational.   Inevitably, some time abroad becomes a little more layered, and occasionally even exciting than Picasso and pee. For instance: a not-insignificant amount of time here in Paris has revolved around the UEFA soccer tournament, which, sadly, came to a close when Portugal beat France 1-0 in extra [...]

2306, 2016
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Public Urination in Europe: An Update

By |Outdoors, Paris, Sports, Uncategorized|0 Comments

We’re not in Brussels anymore. We’re in Paris—and do you know what that means? A lot of really, really drunk German and Irish people, apparently. Forget your crêpes, baguettes, vins fins and all that. It’s UEFA season, baby. France is hosting the huge European soccer tournament this year, so I am not the only, or even most obvious (the hordes of men with the German flag painted on their face probably share that accolade), foreigner piling into the City of Light this summer. Paris plays host to some of the matches in one of the [...]

2303, 2016
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Just look down: the memorial you may never see in Europe

By |Amsterdam, Art, Culture, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Paris, Poland, Prague, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland|3 Comments

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 small engraved, bronze, memorial stone placed at the addresses of victims of Nazi oppression. They commemorate those who have died and survived consignments by the [...]

612, 2015
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ABCs of Antibes: Absinthe, Billionaires, & Coastline

By |Beach, Food, France, Nightlife, Outdoors, Paris, Shopping, Tips|0 Comments

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. The Picasso Museum houses one of the most prolific collections of the artist's work. If that doesn't interest you, enjoy a lengthy pre-game at the [...]

1511, 2015
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Being an Au-Pair: Is It for You?

By |France, Gap Year, Paris, Tips|0 Comments

Think you want to stay in Paris for a little more than a weekend? What about a few months? If this is the case, you have a few options: being a student abroad here is great, but things can get expensive and scholarships and financial aid often fall short of making the dream happen. For many, becoming an au pair is the answer. Au pairs are a curious mix between nannies, maids, and homeless people that sleep in an extra bedroom. Doesn't that sound great?! Well, it is. For a few hours of part-time work a day [...]

Paris was last modified: June 25th, 2015 by letsgoadmin

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