Bastille Day 2017: Partying at the Paris Fire Houses

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

Cultural Clashes after Two Weeks in the USA

This past December, I went back to the United States for Christmas—my first Christmas since 2012, and my first time back in the United States since August 2014. Although I have a fair share of American friends here in France, this was the first time that I was fully plunged back into my own country, and was completely surrounded by both American culture and the … Continue reading Cultural Clashes after Two Weeks in the USA

Lille Braderie & 10K Run!

Every year during the first weekend of September, Lille is home to Europe’s largest flea market, La Braderie de Lille. People come from all corners of the continent to explore and experience this cultural event, including over 10,000 vendors and several million attendees. For three days, the city is completely transformed. Overall, the ambiance in Lille is simply awesome. The streets are packed with people selling and … Continue reading Lille Braderie & 10K Run!

Fête de la Musique

“The music everywhere and the concert nowhere.” Maurice Fleuret spoke these famous words as he dreamed of finding a way to bring French people together over music. Alas, Fête de la Musique was born in 1982. The Fête de la Musique, also known as Make Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration taking place on June 21st each year. Although the concept of … Continue reading Fête de la Musique

Le Carnaval de Dunkerque

**A shout out to my good friend and roommate, Anne, for capturing the vast majority of these photos. Be sure to check out her blog! Northern France is a very special place. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite regions of France, mostly due to the wonderfully nice people and the proximity to no less than five countries. The north of France is known for being … Continue reading Le Carnaval de Dunkerque

Cremaillère Upon Cremaillère Upon Cremaillère

In France, when you move into a new place, it is an *almost* mandatory tradition to have a cremaillère, or housewarming party, with friends and family, in order to celebrate and “break in” your new home within the first few weeks of getting settled. Since moving to the north, between finding a place to live, beginning my new job as a lectrice at the university, juggling new … Continue reading Cremaillère Upon Cremaillère Upon Cremaillère