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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 Angers, France in another study abroad program which offered weekend excursions. One of which was a day seeing the very same sights to which APA offered to take us, and I wasn't particularly enthralled at the idea of climbing over 1000 steps to the Mont Saint-Michel abbey twice in one lifetime. However, this trip lasted over two days whereas I only had one, and as there isn't a whole lot to see in these two locations, the trip ended up being a beautiful weekend of relaxation and really, really good crepes. After strolling through the town of Saint-Malo on Saturday, we pull into a little hostel somewhat in the middle of nowhere Saturday night. It's quiet, calm, equipped with a kitchen and overlooks the ocean as well as... 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


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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