Student Blog

Read first-hand accounts from our students about their experiences on APA Paris programs.

The Traveling Pigeon, Part 2

November 2, 2015

Next on our journey across France, we left Lyon in the morning and rented a car to drive from the Rhône-Alps to Provence, the famous seaside region of France which I had heard about since childhood. I couldn't have been more happy we rented a car. Instead of driving on the highway the entire time, about 2 hours into our 3.5 hour drive, we left the main road and drove into Les Luberons, a small mountain range next to the Alps that takes you on twisty, curvy mountain roads through tiny towns and incredible scenery. With it being autumn, the views from the mountain tops were colorful spreads of orange, yellow, and brown. In some parts along the road it felt as if we were the only people on the mountain–not another car or human in sight. The narrow country roads draped in a fall canopy of trees felt like driving through a never-ending forest, and this was one of my favorite parts about being in Provence. As a city, Marseille has become very touristy. It's the second largest... Read More

The Traveling Pigeon, Part 1

October 31, 2015

This past week was Fall Break for most Paris universities as well as APA, and while many students use this time to fly to a nearby European country for the week, I decided to fully indulge myself in France. After this trip and my previous time abroad, I can now say I have been... Read More

The Tragic Pigeon

October 30, 2015

This post will be short, but last week I was walking home from class and came upon a rather disturbing sight. My building is in the 12th arrondissement, next to the beautiful Parc de Bercy and La Cinématèque Française, a film museum, library, and theatre occasionally showing... Read More

The Bohemian Pigeon

October 21, 2015

In my first post, I wrote that in seeing Montmartre, I discovered the reason people write about Paris. While the entire city is beautiful in many ways, Montmartre embodies the spirit of the true Bohemian lifestyle, one filled with art, charm, wit and beauty. With its art-deco... Read More

An evening in

October 16, 2015

Initially I didn’t want to join my fellow APA girls for a weekend in Bretagne to visit the town of Saint-Malo and the world-wonder of Mont Saint-Michel since I’ve actually already been there. During the summer before my senior year in high school, I spent a month in... Read More

The Lone Pigeon of Brussels

October 10, 2015

There’s something entirely rewarding about taking pleasure in solitude. After spending a lovely weekend in The Hague with an old friend, taking in the sights, listening to great music, noticing the modern architecture coupled with an abundance of bikes, and seeing what is... Read More

Cirque de la Vie

October 2, 2015

Every week, APA provides opportunities to see a “spectacle,” or a form of entertainment  that allows us to see a little more of French art and culture. We have been to a concert, a dance performance and a vaudeville comedy show. But last night we saw something a little... Read More

The feminist pigeon

September 25, 2015

As a journalism major, I tend to pay attention to the news. It’s usually good practice for someone who intends to be a news writer. Staying up-to-date with current events is crucial, and since I am now living in France, I suppose it’s my duty to watch local French news as... Read More

Le conte de fées

September 22, 2015

As we pulled up to the Château de Corton André in Aloxe-Corton on the outskirts of Beaune, one of the girls on the bus said, “I now understand the inspiration for fairy tales.” She is absolutely right. I had been to chateaux before–those in the Loire Valley and the Anjou... Read More


September 16, 2015

I’ve been trying to catch my breath the past couple weeks. When I first landed in Paris, I guess I expected the city to suddenly lay out before me, but for any future travelers, it’s important to remember that Charles de Gaulle Airport is still just an airport.... Read More