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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2303, 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

By |Amsterdam, Art, Culture, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Paris, Poland, Prague, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland|2 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
  • Antibes Harbor

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
  • Sunrise with the Eiffel Tower

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 [...]

311, 2015
  • Sniffing out the goods at Barthelemy in Paris

Your Grocery Guide to Paris

By |Culture, Food, France, Paris, Tips|0 Comments

Real talk: your broke ass can‘t afford to eat in swanky French restaurants every meal (or even every day). Take deep breaths. That’s okay. In fact, it‘s more than okay: you’ll have a better food experience than the tourists who feel like they have to shell out for (mostly mediocre, tourist-trap) meals all the time. You‘re going to eat like a local: you’re going grocery shopping. I‘m about to teach you a very delicate dance: there are so many options when it comes to shopping for food in France, and to be honest, it is hard to [...]

2910, 2015
  • Picnic in Paris

Let’s Have a Picnic: Tips for Alfresco Dining in Paris

By |Food, France, Outdoors, Paris, Tips|0 Comments

One of my favorite things to do in Paris involves grabbing a few friends, a nice bottle of wine, and a quiet spot in a park. No, not orgies. Yes, picnics! From what I gather, picnicking isn‘t actually a huge Parisian tradition, but for the money, I can't find a better way to spend the afternoon in the city. So here are some necessities before you venture out: 1) A great spot. Parks are best. If you‘re stumped, going to the Tuileries or Luxembourg Gardens. These two are Paris’ flagships, but the city is also known for [...]

1210, 2015
  • Paris_cool street art

Paris: Smoking Hot

By |Culture, France, Paris|0 Comments

It‘s true: everyone in Paris smokes. Or at least, it seems like everyone. I’m sure there are a few health- or otherwise image-conscious people who choose to forgo tobacco, but no matter how many this silent-possibly-majority are in number, they are hidden behind a screen of exhaling French people. Smoking is part of European culture: though the EU has strict health regulations, it seems that many young Americans grew up with a more active anti-tobacco culture than did our counterparts across the Atlantic. This shows in our attitudes towards smoking-related illness, but it also shows in our attitudes [...]

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

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