Europe, France, Top Five

Top Five – Semester in France

With less than a week left here in France, this will probably be my last post for the semester (finals and a flight are really all that remain).  We'll see though; there may be a bonus. First though, this week has been pretty chill.  Final presentations, end of semester discussions, and free food.  CEA, my… Continue reading Top Five – Semester in France


Geneva and Grenoble

This was a busy week!  I actually only had one day of class because my Political Science class on Refugee Politics joined with the International Relations students for a three day trip to Geneva - four if you count traveling there last Sunday.  And of course I travelled again this weekend, but that was a… Continue reading Geneva and Grenoble

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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… Continue reading Antibes and Vallauris