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Metropolitan Sass

In Paris, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Books-2 by Annie2 Comments

It would truly be a shame to be in Paris and not read Baudelaire. The poet, essayist, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allen Poe is most famous for his works Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) and le Spleen de Paris (The Paris Spleen), in which he illustrates the awkward industrial changes, squalor, and inequalities of late 19th …

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cette bébé est tellement sage!

In Paris, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Books-2 by Jack Hall2 Comments

“When [my daughter] is about three, she starts using an expression I’ve never heard before. At first I think it is caca buddha, which sounds like it could be vaguely offensive to my Buddhist friends… After a while I realize that she’s saying caca boudin … My daughter is going around shouting—if you’ll pardon my French—‘poop sausage.’” (Druckerman 172)  This …

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Mosaic and Mint Tea

In Paris, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Great good places by AnnieLeave a Comment

Kitty-corner across the street from the entrance of the Natural History Museum and the Jardin des Plantes stands la Grande Mosquée de Paris. Built in 1926 as a token of gratitude towards the Muslim tirailleurs who fought for France during World War II (some 100,000 died fighting), the mosque has become a symbol for France’s multiculturalism and large Muslim population …

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The Windows

In Paris, The Art of Travel Fall 2014, Art by Jack Hall1 Comment

It rained here in Paris the other afternoon. This is hardly uncommon, but — slightly uncommon — this rain prompted me to go for a walk. I had just finished my morning class and was done for the week, and the rain was light and smelled like a city, but wasn’t too cold, so I strolled. Eventually, along the Seine, …

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À La Mode

In Paris, Authenticity, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jack Hall1 Comment

Where the greying skies hit the pavement, there is a line of perfectly dressed women, razor-thin, smoking Vogue cigarettes and wearing very little makeup. They look like a page out of a magazine, or out of an oddly hazy dream, so perfectly coquettish and bored at the same time. Wandering the streets, I wonder vaguely whether I would rather be …

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Struggling to Eat Fresh and French

In Paris, Authenticity, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Annie2 Comments

Millions of tourists flood Parisian streets each year—some sources say over 16 million, some say over 27 million, and some say over 44 million if you include its immediate surroundings. Consequently, Paris is a city that sometimes struggles to realize its own authenticity, especially when English is the major spoken language in the popular historical neighborhoods like the ones around …

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Made in America

In Paris, Authenticity, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jason Vu2 Comments

Coming to Paris from New York, I had many expectations about French culture and about how I would adapt to the Parisian lifestyle. I wasn’t oblivious to the fact that Parisians’ way of living is vastly different than New Yorkers. New Yorkers have no problem with surrounding themselves with an environment that is moving a mile per second, while Parisians …

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The Big, Bad, and Ugly of Modern Parisian Architecture

In Paris, Books-1, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Annie1 Comment

I picked up David Downie’s Paris, Paris thinking that it would be a collection of personal short stories about Paris, but much to my surprise, it turned to be a conglomerate of short histories of different aspects of Paris—everything from Coco Chanel’s reserved table at Angelina to the depths of the catacombs. What most stood out to me were his …

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Broken City, Broken Hearts

In Paris, Books-1, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jack HallLeave a Comment

Paris is not a city of love—it is a city of lovers. James Baldwin makes that notion inescapably clear in his novel Giovanni’s Room, a heart wrenching tale of a young man, David, who—struggling with his sexuality—falls into a passionate and whirlwind relationship with an Italian bartender in a Parisian gay bar, Giovanni. The story, told in retrospect, follows the …

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Slow Mornings

In Quotidian life, Paris, The Art of Travel Fall 2014 by Jason Vu1 Comment

Paris, well France is general, is known for having a much slower lifestyle than the world, especially New York. Parisians walk slower, talk for longer periods of time, and can sit at cafes for hours just sipping on coffee by themselves. Another huge difference is by French law, people are not allowed to work more than 35 hours per week. …