medieval ramparts in Provins, France

A Day Trip to Provins, France

Walking through one of France’s most well-preserved medieval towns Not to be confused with Provence located in the South of France, the medieval town of Provins became a UNESCO Heritage site in 2001. Many travel blogs and websites highly recommend Provins as a day trip from Paris. Provins can be easily reached from Paris via Transilien P at Gare de L’Est using your Navigo pass or … Continue reading A Day Trip to Provins, France

Farfalle with White and Green Asparagus and Tomatoes

Trial by Fromage, Learning the Art of the French Meal

I wasn’t prepared when I experienced a French family meal for the first time—it happened to be the first time I met my boyfriend’s family, less than 72 hours after landing in France. To say that I was nervous would be an understatement. I fought every impulse to reach over the table and keep the bottle of champagne next to me as a security blanket. … Continue reading Trial by Fromage, Learning the Art of the French Meal

Bruce Museum Highlights Alfred Sisley, Impressionist in Exclusive Exhibit

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut showcases a rich array of Sisley’s works from private collections and major museums. After a recent visit to the Peabody Museum at Yale, I developed a curiosity to explore museums in Fairfield County. I’ve always seen the sign for the Bruce Museum on the Merritt Parkway, but have never visited. Once I visited … Continue reading Bruce Museum Highlights Alfred Sisley, Impressionist in Exclusive Exhibit

Understanding the Impact of the 2017 French Presidential Election

Last Sunday, the French people elected Emmanuel Macron as their nation’s president and took a stand against the growing populist influence. Macron, 39, won 66% of the vote over his opponent Marine Le Pen, the far-right National Front candidate. Although the media labels Macron as a centrist, he identifies himself as someone “of the left” who is willing to collaborate with the right. Le Pen, … Continue reading Understanding the Impact of the 2017 French Presidential Election