Category: France

It’s Rodin’s birthday. Great sculptor. Great museum.

I was just on Google’s homepage, and their logo of the day is The Thinker sculpture by Auguste Rodin. (Today would be Rodin’s 172nd birthday.) This reminded me of a great time I had visiting Paris’s Rodin Museum (a.k.a. Musée Rodin), where The Thinker sculpture lives. I’m a big fan of the statue, for a few reasons. …

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The beloved chocolate bears of France

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Apparently French people love chocolate bears. I didn’t know that. This is why I love traveling (or, when I’m not traveling, it’s why I love writing about traveling). Because you learn about all these little quirks and qualities in other cultures. Now, about these chocolate bears in France. Like many countries around the world, France is in …

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A funny statue in Paris

I thought this was pretty funny. Those of you who’ve been soccer fans for a while may remember a shocking thing that happened in the World Cup Final in 2006. The game was between France and Italy, and it starred a French player Zinedine Zidane, considered one of the all-time greats. It was known before the game that …

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Window-shopping for guys in Paris

This made me laugh out loud a bit. It’s a storefront in Paris with men standing in shop windows hoping to score dates with female passers-by. The campaign is sponsored by a French dating site called Adopte Un Mec (“mec” is French slang for “guy”). They put men in the store window, and let them …

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Eiffel Tower is the MVM (most valuable monument)

A group has ranked the most valuable monuments in Europe, in terms of monetary worth, and the Eiffel Tower comes out on top. According to recent research, the Eiffel Tower is worth $430 billion. That’s a lot of dollars. The monuments' monetary values were determined by a number of factors, including image, branding and aesthetic …

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The Catacombs of Paris

I went on a high school exchange to Paris, I studied in Paris in college, and I've visited a few times since. But I’ve never been to the Paris Catacombs. After reading this piece about them, I regret it. I’ll admit I have a bit of a taste for the macabre (bone church outside Prague, …

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Another Bastille Day almost upon us

Is it almost Bastille Day again? Man, time flies. This Saturday, July 14, French people and Francophiles around the world will celebrate all things France. If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris (or elsewhere in France) on Saturday, you’re in for a special cultural treat. One thing I’ve learned from writing this blog—and something …

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The best croissant in Paris?

A few weeks ago I blogged about the best baguette in Paris (according to the official Best Baguette in Paris vote). As I wrote at the time, the simple baguette remains one of my favorite foods in the world. But today I’ve come across the other legendary French baked good: the croissant. A CNN travel writer …

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The wide world of movie locations

There’s a new Woody Allen movie out called “To Rome with Love,” which, as you might expect, takes place in Rome. The movie is shot in a number of famous locations around the city, including Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. As this article points out, Woody Allen is no stranger to European movie locations, …

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Best baguette in Paris

I feel like I might write about baguettes too often. But that’s because I love baguettes, and when I lived in Paris for a few months, I decided that baguette and cheese was the world’s best snack. It has yet to be dethroned. They recently announced the annual best baguette in Paris. This year’s winner …

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