The best places for people watching this summer

Living in Europe for nearly five years has taught me the art of nursing a minuscule espresso while watching the world pass by on a sunny day. No Starbucks, no iPhone, no book. Just you and a prime spot on the sidewalk. There are few activities as delectable as this. Here are my favorite places […]

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A village in Paris: The 16th arrondissement

Paris may be for lovers, but the 16th arrondissement is for the rest of us: People with toddlers. The western Parisian neighborhood between the Seine and the Bois de Boulogne, runs from the Arc de Triomphe in the north down to the Roland Garros stadium in the south. The quiet quarter, also known as Passy, is […]

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Paris, encore

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Paris many times. In fact, it was the first place I saw outside of the U.S. It was the first big city I ever visited. I remember that car ride from the airport as if it were yesterday. Paris was noisy and glamorous and unpredictable. There was music on […]

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Dreaming of Paris

When I pictured my life in Geneva, it involved many many spur-of-the-moment trips to Paris since it lies just three hours away from us by train. I’m embarrassed to say we haven’t zipped off to the City of Lights as often as I thought we would, but often enough to almost satisfy me…I’m one of […]

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5 Things to do in Paris when it rains

You may not speak French, but I bet you’ve heard the phrase après moi, le déluge or “after me comes the flood.” The phrase is attributed to to King Louis XV’s reign in reference to the impending French Revolution. Today, it’s kind of a shoulder shrug phrase: After me, I don’t care what happens. It’s all going […]

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Travel cravings: Paris

The best aspect of living in central Europe is our access to a multitude of other destinations. We love Switzerland, but we really love traveling outside of our Alpine nation. Living here has given us the ability to see many countries I did not believe I’d ever visit (such as Morocco and Croatia), as well […]

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This week I am…

…celebrating Chinese New Year… …and Mardi Gras… …and a personal milestone (what a week!). …eyeing this cool puzzle. …catching up on emails. …laughing out loud. …practicing français. Here are 30 un-translateable words.

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