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The Traveling Pigeon, Part 3

November 2, 2015

by apaparis

Our final leg of touring around France ended on the beaches of Normandy. For me, this was the second time I walked along the shores where over 2,400 American men lost their lives. The first time was during the summer I studied abroad in high school, a time when Normandy becomes touristy, crowded, and flooded with Americans wanting to see the historical sites. People crowded the beaches, local French families lay out their towels and enjoy the warm weather. This time the beach was a very different place. High tide made walking on the sand an impossibility and the continuous rain and cold wind made the day dreary and somber. In a way it was fitting. On top of the cliffs at Point du Hoc, the rain was harder and the bomb craters grown over with grass were muddy and not easy to walk in. While D Day actually occurred on a sunny day in June, the muddy grounds made the lofty cliff more conspicuous as a battlefield rather than a tourist attraction. We didn't spend the entire day looking... Read More

The Traveling Pigeon, Part 2

November 2, 2015

by apaparis

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... Read More

The Traveling Pigeon, Part 1

October 31, 2015

by apaparis

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

by apaparis

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

by apaparis

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

by apaparis

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

by apaparis

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

by apaparis

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

by apaparis

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

by apaparis

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

L’atterrissage

September 16, 2015

by apaparis

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

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