Solo Girl Sojourns: Paris

Paris, Paris, Paris, De mes amours c’est lui le favori Josephine Baker really put into words the enchantment of  Paris.  The  above lyrics are from  “Paris, Paris, Paris,” which is a song that says “Paris” so many times that it stops sounding like a word.  However, it is also one of the songs that was…

Top Five: Detroit

Did you know that Michigan is the 11th largest state based on land size?  Or that Alaska is the only state with more water included in its borders?  Michigan is actually surprisingly huge – although Lake Superior is even more surprising (Trust me, the question “How many Liechtensteins would fit in Lake Superior” has become…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Antibes and Vallauris

It was a lovely week in Aix, with the temperatures finally feeling like fall – i.e. it’s cool but the Mistral isn’t freezing.  We’ve also been getting some rain, which makes for beautiful walking through the city.  And also a good reason to try  a new macaroon place. I also had my first field trip…