La Parisienne, No. 5: Paris Photo Diary

La Parisienne, No. 5: Paris Photo Diary

While I claim to be a writer and therefore am well aware of the value and power of words, I’m going to make words sit this one out. I think the best way to share my Parisian experience in all its splendor is to allow you to see it the way I saw it: in full color, alive. So, for my fifth installment of La Parisienne, here are thirty of my best photos from my four months living in Paris.

Sincerely,

votre (américaine) parisienne

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5 Christmas Gifts Perfect for the Travel Lover

5 Christmas Gifts Perfect for the Travel Lover

Hello, friends! It is officially my favorite time of year!

While we all know that Christmas is absolutely not about getting presents, I still enjoy the tradition because I just love giving gifts and will look for any excuse to do so.

After the last 4 months of traveling Europe, I thought it was only fitting to do a gift guide for all the travel-lovers out there! Here are a whole bunch of awesome items that would be both functional and stylish while on the go!

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La Parisienne, No. 3: Reflections from Halfway

La Parisienne, No. 3: Reflections from Halfway

I wrote this after 2 of my 4 months in Paris. I think it’s worth sharing.

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When I first arrived in Paris, I had no idea what the study abroad experience would bring. To be quite honest, I didn’t even have time to think about it! I had orientations to attend, an apartment to move into, and new classmates to meet. From the moment I stepped off of the plane in Paris, everything began happening so quickly that I found myself just taking it one day at a time.

I’m so glad I did! Having an open mind has allowed me to be amazed over and over again by the beauty of this incredible city, the fascinating Parisian culture, and the thrill of adapting to a new kind of normal.

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The 5 Coolest Things I Did During a Weekend in London

The 5 Coolest Things I Did During a Weekend in London

Oh, London. What fun you were. Two weeks ago, I took a lil’ trip across the pond from Paris to London to visit a friend who is studying abroad there this semester. While I was only there for less two and a half days, I still got to do a bunch of really awesome things. Here’s the highlights from my trip!

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A Day in Fountainbleau, France

A Day in Fountainbleau, France

35 miles southwest of Paris lies the town of Fountainbleau, home to the Palace of Fountainbleau, an enormous 13th Century château which was once the home of the French monarchs.

Not only are the château and its gardens breathtaking, the town of Fountainbleau itself is amazing! It really embodies that famous “old France” feeling. I felt like I was in Beauty & the Beast!

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La Parisienne, No. 2: Paris is a Lady

La Parisienne, No. 2: Paris is a Lady

Hello friends, and welcome back to my sorta ironic, sorta sarcastic, sorta interesting travel-diary-slash-travel-newsletter. Here, in the La Parisienne series, you will be able to read about all the cool things I’ve been doing, as well as all the ridiculous things that happen to me along the way.

In this edition, I fill in some of the gap between my journey to Paris and where I’m at now. I can’t talk about anything else until I’ve properly framed this adventure.

Enter the phrase, “Paris is a lady.”

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