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How to Ride the Paris Metro (With Photos)

The Paris Metro (subway) system is wonderfully organized and well connected. You’re never far from a station, and you usually won’t wait more than five minutes for the next train. For a major city’s public transit, the Metro is relatively clean and safe. Sometimes you even get the occasional singer-songwriter playing guitar on the train, or a guy breaking it down on the saxophone, or if you’re really lucky, that one lady who drags an entire karaoke machine onto the train so she…

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Paris Christmas Market on Champs Elysees

While countries like Germany and Austria are better known for their markets, don’t let that fool you. Strasbourg, France, was actually voted the #1 Christmas market in 2015, and Paris won’t disappoint either. There are quite a few in the city, but I went to only two: the one on Champs Elysees and the one in Saint Germain des Pres (that one is extremely small though). My friend Winnie and I paid a visit to this market in mid-November, not quite…

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9 Practical Gifts for Travelers (That They’ll Actually Use!)

Buying gifts for travelers can be tricky. Because there are the nomadic/minimalist travelers, like me, who nearly break out in hives at the thought of yet another item they’ll only end up giving away because they like to travel light and have no permanent home in which to store belongings. Then there are the luxury travelers who, and I’m totally guessing here, want to carry their fine China set with them in First Class. Regardless of what type of traveler you’re shopping for,…

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Someone Broke Into My Apartment in Paris Last Night

My home is now a crime scene. The police took my information last night and then returned this morning to inspect the damage and dust for fingerprints. Yesterday started out beautiful. If it had stayed that way, this post would have been about something else entirely. I went to the Eiffel Tower and went inside it for the first time. I met a journalist from Georgia (the country) dressed in all red and carrying a red balloon. We did a photo shoot for…

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“La Vie Continue:” Scenes from Memorials at Place de la République in Paris

Saturday’s cloudy skies gave way to sunlight this Sunday morning. Life in Paris continues to surprise me by just how “normal” it seems. I took the metro to the Place de la République to pay my respects at the monument in the middle of the square, where mourners have been gathering since yesterday to light candles, lay flowers, pray, cry, and embrace. This is the very same place where Parisians gathered after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. The statue that towers…

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