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Goodbye Hideous Locks, Hello Haunting Art

Ohhh the love locks on the Pont des Artes in Paris! How romantic! What an incredible age-old tradition to take part in! Surely affixing a lock to the bridge and throwing the key in the Seine River means your love will last forever! False. The love lock “tradition” began just a few years ago —…

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Real Life: The Seine River Floods

Paris in June. *sigh* What a lovely vision. Eating outside at sun-soaked cafes, getting plump on wine and cheese, taking in the city’s history and culture, eating all the croissants and baguettes you can handle. But this year, June began with tourists and Parisians alike gazing at rising river water, canceling boat tours, avoiding closed museums, and…

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Bones Below the Paris Streets

Paris, my true love, over the years I have explored so much of what you have to offer. I repeatedly return to wander through the charming streets among the sharply dressed locals and munch on endless croissants. But this time I dug deeper… much deeper… into the bowels of the city, in fact. Among the lesser-known…

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Christmas Wish List

I don’t want a lot for Christmas, but the few things on my list might present a bit of a challenge in obtaining. The items are worth the effort and several of them benefit many others besides myself. Here’s a peek at what’s on my wish list: 1. A Holly Jolly Burrito — A meal at Chipotle…

Giggling All the Way to the Gobbler

Friends, can we just be real about holiday travel for a second? It blows. There you go, I said it, short and sweet. I’m trying to keep my mood lighthearted for the inevitable swimming through angry masses of Thanksgiving travelers at the airport. I’m going to do my best to ignore the frowns and grumbles,…