Springtime in Paris
May15

Springtime in Paris

Today was the first day that I was truly able to experience spring in Paris. I found myself standing amidst blossoming cherry trees and various kinds of blooming flowers on my walk from the Champs-Élysées to the bridge of Alexander the 3rd. I was not here alone, as I was actively taking part in a field study of the buildings erected, over the course of five World’s Fairs to be hosted in Paris from the 1860s to the 1930s, along the...

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Metropolitan Comparisons
Apr16

Metropolitan Comparisons

These past few weeks have provided me with the opportunity to travel to a couple other large metropolitan areas of Europe, specifically Munich and Barcelona. Despite being in the same time zone and just a few hours from each other by plane or train, each feels vastly different in size and sense of tourism. Before beginning, I feel it is important to mention that the weather most likely had a very large impact on the number of tourists...

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Out of Place in Paris
Mar01

Out of Place in Paris

After over twelve-hours of total flight time, accompanied by a nine-hour time change, I arrived in Paris in the late afternoon. I was dirty, hungry, and tired, but my journey had just begun. Upon arrival in Paris, I found myself struggling to adapt to the language difference, as my untrained ear and three-year hiatus from French classes meant I no longer had the vocabulary nor the listening skills to even understand a rudimentary...

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