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We are all outsiders

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 6. Book #1, Paris by Howard2 Comments

“We are all outsiders when we travel. Whether we go abroad or roam about our own city or country, we often enter territory so unfamiliar that our frames of reference become inadequate. We need advice not just to avoid offense and danger, but to make our experiences richer, deeper, and more fun.” (James O’Reilly et Larry Habegger) While I opened …

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How will France be?

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Paris by Howard1 Comment

Started from the Enlightenment, figures such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau argued that individual rights could be guaranteed “only by a “social contract” among the citizens, thus suggesting the need for a formal constitution, which at the time neither the English nor the French had”. (Censer and Hunt, 35) Rousseau’s concept of “general will” simultaneously provided the origins of democracy and the …

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Bonjour from Paris!

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 1. Introductions, Paris by Howard1 Comment

Hi! My name is Howard Zheng, currently a sophomore year concentrating in Philosophy and Photography. I’m originally from Shenzhen, China, a large city right next to Hong Kong. Meanwhile, I’m pursuing my passion in the city of light – Paris. I chose Paris for its art culture already engraved and beyond. For my concentration, I anticipate to integrating conceptual photographs …

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Three Hundred Twenty Americans Can be Wrong

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Paris, Places by Zoya1 Comment

In Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong by Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow, the two authors discusses their time in France and its culture. They use observations in the French language, customs, laws, history to speculate about what it means to be French, make conclusions how these characteristics affect the relationship and perceptions between the Americans and the French. I …

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Au revoir

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 15. Farewells, Paris by Zoya2 Comments

You’re at a supermarket, a Costco or H-Mart, and you’re shopping for food. You see a plastic table set up with a tablecloth with an employee standing behind it expertly cooking the food for distribution. Free samples. You’re attracted to the colorful packaging and the oh so wonderful smells that are coming from the pot. So you walk over, intrigued …

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Flaneuring

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 10. Books (2), Paris by Anna LLeave a Comment

We’ve talked about the idea of “flaneuring” through the streets of Paris, an idea from which we referenced Edmund White’s “The Flaneur.” The idea of flaneuring is to be a stroller through the streets of the city, being both within the street and removed from it – being a participant observer in the streetlife of Parisians. This is partially something …