In France, the 14th of July is known as La Fête Nationale, also known as Journée de la Bastille, or Bastille Day. Le 14 julliet is known for the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, which was the historic turning point in the French Revolution. Today, celebrations are held throughout France, and Europe’s largest military parade is held on the famous Champs Elysée Avenue … Continue reading Bastille Day 2017: Partying at the Paris Fire Houses
Notre-Dame de Paris is a French-Québécois musical that debuted in Paris in September 1998. Based on novelist Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame), it has been performed in more than 17 countries and in seven different languages. Even better, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Notre Dame de Paris broke the record for the most successful musical in its first … Continue reading Notre Dame de Paris: The Musical
Although I am not by any means an art expert, I have always been intrigued by street art. In fact, discovering street art is one of my favorite parts of traveling, because there is never any promise or guarantee that the work will still be there the next time you come back. When I think of awesome street art discoveries, some of my favorite cities … Continue reading The Tall Trees of Paris: A Book Review
Since running the Paris half-marathon in March, I’ve been really luck to have gone back to Paris over the past few months. March 2016 At the end of March, my mother, a French teacher in Wisconsin, came to France with ten lovely students on their bi-annual high school French trip. The students spent one week with a French host family in Tours, and then got to … Continue reading 2016 Paris Adventures: Mom, Cousin, and Pride
It’s been awhile. I have things to say, but I’m not sure where to start. I’m still processing. I hesitated writing anything at all, because, well, quite a few weeks have passed since Paris. But as an American expat in France, I feel as though I need to write about Paris. Firstly, thank you to everyone who sent positive vibes, prayers, and messages of concern … Continue reading Life Goes On. What Are You Going to do to Make a Difference?
My mother is a high school French teacher and brought over nine lovely students during their spring break a couple of weeks ago. The students first spent five days in Chartres living with families, and then three full days touring Paris. Their three days fell on the last Friday of my contract, and then the following weekend, so I was able to be accepted as … Continue reading Chaperoning WWHS Students in Paris, France
On my last day of Paris, I decided I wanted to return to Le Chateau de Versailles, as I have not been since my first trip to Paris in 2007 and have since embraced so much more of its history… (And okay, I love the musical, Le Roi Soleil– excerpt below!) Well, until the day I visited Versailles, I never knew that Paris, in addition … Continue reading Le Chateau de Versailles