Around the US

One Day in Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee is famous for music - blues and rock 'n roll in particular.  With Graceland just a short drive from downtown, the city has a special connection to Elvis, and Beale Street is famous for soul food and blues.  However, it's about an eight-hour drive from where we live, so I was a little… Continue reading One Day in Memphis

Europe, Italy

Reflecting on Rome

Rome, the Eternal City.  I spent a weekend in Rome while I was in Italy last summer, and despite the heat and crowds, I still really enjoyed it.  There's a reason it's popular, after all!  For me, one of the thrills of Rome is the age of everything - like a lot of places in… Continue reading Reflecting on Rome

Europe, France

Thanksgiving and Christmas Markets

It's hard to believe my time here is coming to an end.  But now that every city has up Christmas lights, and all the towns have their Christmas markets, it's clear that the season is almost here.  However, when you attend school with Americans, there still has to be some celebration of Thanksgiving.  For one… Continue reading Thanksgiving and Christmas Markets

Europe, France

Paris!

As someone who enjoys literature and art, I’ve read quite a bit about Paris to learn more about the history of such things (quick recommendation: The Judgement of Paris by Ross King and When Paris Sizzled by Mary McAuliffe). However something the books never explained was why it was always Paris, and while there were… Continue reading Paris!

Europe, France

Prehistory to Picasso

With a little more than a month left in the semester, everything is happening all at once without much time to slow down. This week, besides two field trips, I also attended a cooking class and wine tasting. The cooking class was wonderful, and I learned how to prepare salmon on a cauliflower puree. In… Continue reading Prehistory to Picasso

Europe

A Tour Through Central Europe

This past week was my fall break.  Since Thanksgiving isn't really a French holiday, the fall break comes about midway through the semester like spring break would.  So, about a month ago, I booked myself on a tour through some of the capitals of Central Europe - not speaking German, it wasn't the best idea… Continue reading A Tour Through Central Europe

Europe, France

Arles and Les Baux-de-Provence

Yesterday I took a day trip to Arles and Les Baux-de-Provence.  Arles was one of the first Roman cities in France and still hosts a theatre and amphitheater.  Both have undergone some restoration, but they're also still used today - the theatre for plays and the amphitheater for bull fights twice a year.  It's a… Continue reading Arles and Les Baux-de-Provence