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The Girl With the Red Balloon

As a general rule, when in Paris, one must always wear black, gray, or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, navy blue. I don’t know what is different about this day, but I decide to break that rule and wear red. It is November 26, 2015. Thanksgiving Day in the United States, but just a regular Thursday here in France. Decked out in a bright red trench coat, I spend the entire day feeling self-conscious, trying to slip by unnoticed in…

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What to Wear in Paris for Winter & Fall + My Paris Packing List!

Figuring out what to wear in Paris for winter and fall can be a headache, especially if you like to pack light and aren't exactly into fashion. In the City of Light, appearances are everything. Author David Lebovitz hilariously writes in his memoir The Sweet Life in Paris that he knew he had truly become a Parisian when he got dressed up just to take out the trash. (The pressure is real, y'all.)…

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3 Memoirs to Read Before You Go to Paris

Few cities have inspired so many books as Paris, France. Renowned writers such as Victor Hugo, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, and Ernest Hemingway all penned prose in the City of Light.Before you visit Paris, I highly recommend reading books about the city that are not travel guides (which are fine, too), but memoirs and essays to help give you a sense of what it's like to be there. (I'm partial to nonfiction in general, but might publish a post about…

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Your Guide to Paris Metro Tickets

So you’re trying to figure out how to buy Paris Metro tickets? Here’s everything you need to know! First, familiarize yourself with these two things: Zones Be very aware which zones you are traveling to. Most of the popular landmarks in Paris are in zones 1 and 2 (Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Notre Dame, etc.). I rarely left zone 2. If you travel beyond the zone number your ticket allows, you could be fined. All Navigo passes cover Zones…

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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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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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