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Travel

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Paris and the Girl

I can not believe it has only been two months since I arrived in Paris. Not to sound corny or anything but I don't feel as though I have been here for a mere two months. I feel as though I've always been here. I know it is strange since I did not grow up here, and I barely speak the language. Until I had moved here I had only been to Europe one other time, mainly in Germany with one overnight trip to Metz, France. I've read books, watched movies, and learned so much about the culture through my mother. I even continued what I had learned about my culture by teach[...]

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French Trains: Easy to use and love!

Once upon a time, I lived in a place that made you think public transport was beneath you. Unless some life-changing event, like a DUI, happened, there was no reason for using public transport. Then I moved to the glorious PNW, where I learned there is nothing shameful about using the public transport system. Though some times it may take longer to get where you are going, you get to bypass the traffic and the annoying difficulty of finding a parking garage/spot. The first time I got on a metro train line I was nervous. I didn't want to look at anyone, nor di[...]

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Go Sight Seeing, Even Now

When I was a little girl I was told the Eiffel Tower was a sore spot in the sides of the French people. I was also told that it was not something spectacular to see. I am not sure if this was said to me as a deterrent or just simple facts that my mom and grandmother felt. Up until now the only time I saw the Eiffel Tower was in pictures, history books, or in movies such as "French Kiss." (my favorite by the way!) As time went on I felt an urge to visit the Eiffel Tower but honestly, I was not too thrilled about Paris. Too many people, too much going on, etc e[...]

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Fairytale Wonder; Versailles

Versailles to me has always been a dream. A foggy, twinkle light, romantic dream. I heard stories about it from the time I was little and briefly learned about it in school. As I grew older I realized the importance of Versailles and what it actually means to me as a French person. Others may not agree but for me, Versailles is a magical place that not only shows you France's amazing history but also what one person can create. (with the help of a generation of workers) This summer I finally got to see the Chateau Versailles in person. And it was everyth[...]

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Tips to Keep Fresh When Traveling

I am not an elegant traveler and after traveling for over seventeen hours, with layovers, I start to look like something from the deep dark lagoon. Oh and I feel incredible when a girl comes out of the bathroom looking as though she just stepped off a photoshoot. Even after freshening up in the bathroom I still look as though I need a nap, a drink, a shower and anything else to make one feel normal or pretty. For instance in NYC, I washed my face, brushed my teeth, I straightened my hair because the weather was humid and my hair started to look mimic Monica[...]

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my top 10 inflight playlist

Currently, I am 30,000 feet in the air. No, really! I am somewhere over the Atlantic flying to my home in France. I'm also bobbing my head to my personal best "inflight" playlist. As you may know, I am an avid reader, I even wrote about my top five books that I am reading while traveling. Click here to find out what books I am reading! However sometimes you want to throw some tunes on and drown out the world or in my case the loud humming of the plane engines. Or the constant nagging from my toddler. (Just kidding) So what do I like to listen to? Whe[...]

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My top 5 Reads for Travel

I love books, but of course, you already know that. There is just so much about books that I love. The feeling of holding the book in your hand, and then smelling it. Yes, I smell my books. When I go to a bookstore to look for a new read it is almost like deciding on a sweater or jacket. I take my time and really get to know the book. I read the back and then I read the first fifty pages. Reading the first fifty pages will help you decide if you will like the book. The point is I don't rush when selecting a book. In fact, I actually do a bit of research[...]

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Things I am going to Miss from the US

Food, smells and familiar places give us all the feels when we encounter them. Sometimes when I have a pecan fresh from a tree, I think back to the time I was a little girl in Texas. I used to pluck a delicious pecan up off the ground. The sweetness from that delicious pecan always makes me feel as though I am still that girl, full of wild dreams and crazy ideas. Such as being an actress or a ballerina. Pecans are one of the things I will miss when I leave the US. Of course, there is the obvious, the life I am leaving behind here but then there are th[...]

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Lessons I am Learning as we Move Abroad-Part 1

Let's face it moving is not anyone's idea of fun. Moving to a different state is exciting but again not that fun, unless you have a moving company helping you! Now moving abroad? Well, that sounds exciting and adventurous. That is until you realize you need to pack up your life. There is nothing more nerve racking that packing up your entire life to move clear across the world. As a citizen of two countries I never imagined moving to the land where I felt like I was home. When I first went to France it was as though I had landed where I belonged. Sure I was[...]

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How I handle flying anxiety

Believe it or not, I hate flying. Honestly I do. No matter how much I try to like it I just can not. Right now one week to go, I am waiting for my flight and my anxiety is through the roof. My eczema is out of control, my skin is so itchy it hurts to wear simple pieces of cotton. Months, weeks, days, hours even before I hop on the flight I am already battling my anxiety. One time when I flew to New Orleans for a baby shower I was so nervous about flying that my friend's dad had to prescribe me something for the flight home! Good thing beca[...]