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Paris 2015

History & Photography Spring Term Abroad

Normandy

Last weekend I made the difficult decision to forego a day in Paris to travel to Normandy, where the Allied Invasion of Europe took place almost 71 years ago. After catching a 7am train from the Gare de Lyon and arriving in Caen, I began my guided tour at the Mémorial de Caen. The exhibits […]

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Breakfast in Belleville

On Tuesday morning the French history class had breakfast in the Parc de Belleville with a class of about 35 French students who are currently in preparatory school for Business School. The students, who were our age, were so interested to hear about our university and how American schools work, and were thrilled to answer […]

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The Parisian Experience

On Tuesday morning, I met students of Jean-Jacques Rousseau High School from outside Paris’s city limits, and we exchanged questions, food, music, and laughs. Sitting in the Parc de Belleville in the 20th arrondissement, our classes exchanged dialogue between France and the U.S. The questions we asked each other varied from U.S. presidential potentials to […]

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Culture Shock and My Love of the Eiffel Tower

  “Je crois” that it is safe to say that I think everyone experiences some sort of culture shock, not any more intense then others, just a shared longing for random things from Stop-in dogs to driving 400 meters from your house on Main Street to the parking deck ironically to go to the gym. […]

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Through the Highs and Lows… My Brother Visits Paris

Cheesy, (and yes we did eat cheese) but true, I was so lucky to have my brother and his girlfriend Lila visit me this past weekend where we hit all the hot spots in the city from the lowest point – the catacombs – to the highest, the Eiffel Tower.   My brother goes to […]

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The Latest Trend in Male Hairstyles

The Man Bun. It’s a trend I’ve been seeing all over the internet, specifically Buzzfeed (for example…). But is it really a trend if it doesn’t catch on in real life? What confused me most about this trend was not why it was popular, but where it was popular. In my sheltered life between the […]

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Authentic Parisian Picnic

This week our class went on an authentic Parisian picnic, where we met up with one of Professor Horowitz’s friends from Paris and her students. Meeting and talking to the students from the outside of Paris was one of the most interesting parts of coming to Paris. Most of the time, I only see Parisians […]

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Sunday at the Market

France has ruined produce for me. Everyone always says that after being in France, American bread will never taste good again, and I say the same is true for produce. A farmer’s market, which is normally considered a seasonal treat at home, is just an ordinary shopping day for Parisians. Since capturing the flavor and […]

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Parc de la Villette

Sunday, on a whim, I took the metro to the Parc de la Villette on the city’s northern edge . I hoped to see an exhibition on David Bowie that was on display at the Paris Philharmonic, but other than a vague idea that the concert hall was next took a park I didn’t know […]

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Foreign Exchange

On Tuesday, we had lunch with a group of French students. Following a delicious breakfast, we broke into groups to ask each other questions. These students had been studying English and most of them were quite good. The questions brought out some interesting cultural differences between the United States and France. For example, their first […]

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