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Existing Regardless: Mary Cassatt

In The Art of Travel, 10. The Art of Place, Paris by AndieLeave a Comment

This spring, the Musée Jacquemart-André is hosting an exhibition titled Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist in Paris, the first retrospective of Cassatt’s work held in France since the artist’s death in 1926. As a woman, Cassatt faced challenges in the art world: initially barred from entering the École des Beaux Arts, blocked from exhibitions requiring French nationality, and continually overlooked …

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Pink Chairs

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Paris by Zoe1 Comment

Rain, shine, sleet, or snow, she’s donning an apron around her waist serving up pastries. I don’t know her name but without fail, she is there every morning with the macarons and croque monsieurs. She is truly a beautiful woman at 5’10” (if I had to place a guess) and is rather slender. She dons a coiffed, auburn ponytail. Basically, …

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Lo(u)v(r)e

In The Art of Travel, 10. The Art of Place, Paris by Zoe2 Comments

It’s no secret that the Louvre is one of the famous museums in not just Paris, but the world. It’s the largest art museum in the world and the most visited art museum with 8.1 million visitors in 2017. The 782,910 square foot museum in the 1st arrondissement is home to approximately 38,000 objects ranging from antiquity to the 21st …

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Those Who Wait

In The Art of Travel, 9. Troubles, Paris by ZoeLeave a Comment

I feel good enough where I am – socially, academically, and emotionally – to reflect on… not such a good time: my first two weeks at NYU Paris. The study abroad “experience” is romanticized and glorified by just about everyone, myself included. I had a grand vision of what my experience would be like: fast friends, adventures to far-off places, …

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Books

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Paris by Zoe1 Comment

Every so often, a “bubble” appears in my travels. A “bubble” is a place that is safe and comfortable to an uncomfortable traveler. I generally try to pop these. Paris, though, is different. My first few weeks here were rather difficult so I sought out any semblance of home and by doing so, found Shakespeare & Company. It’s an English-speaking …

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Time / Travel

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Paris by Zoe4 Comments

Travel is magical. But it’s stressful, exhausting. Every weekend this month, I have a travel expedition scheduled. It isn’t because I’m tired of Paris or anything of the like, it just kind of worked out that way. I’m quite lucky, I will say that, and I don’t mean to complain in the least. That being said, I didn’t entirely anticipate …

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Singing to Fill the Space

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Paris by Andie1 Comment

Mont Saint Michel rises out of the sea like a dream. It’s almost wrong how it stands out against the horizon, like running into a sequoia tree in the desert. It makes my heart stutter. We walk across the mudflats at low tide, battered by the winds and covered in sand. Fish bones and lost mittens and footprints are scattered …

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Bringing Up Bebe: A Cultural Comparison of Parenting Styles As Reported On By a Non-Parent

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Paris, Places by Zoe2 Comments

Ever since I was little, if someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always would, and still do, say “a mom.” I’m not sure where this fascination with children came from but I’ve always been enchanted by them – they’re tiny humans, for crying out loud! How cool is that? My parents raised me …

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It’s Not About Sports

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Paris by Andie1 Comment

The Olympics have been on for the past two weeks, not that anyone in Paris cares too much about curling. The hype around the Winter Games has never felt lower. The French cleaned up with fifteen medals overall, but compared to Norway’s thirty-nine the ennui becomes apparent. It fits the stereotype, that’s for sure. But that’s what the Olympics have …