four days, two countries: what we could learn from europe’s smaller cities

something north americans never do at home: travel to two different countries in a matter of hours. that’s exactly what I did last weekend, when I took a night bus from paris to amsterdam (highly recommended, for longer bus rides) then, two days later, hopped on a three-hour bus to brussels before finally heading back to paris. amsterdam, is, obviously amazing. beyond it’s famous, umm, physical pleasures, it’s a beautiful city with tons of great museums, friendly people and good food. but, while visiting my fifth european city this year, I couldn’t help but draw some comparisons between the great … Continue reading four days, two countries: what we could learn from europe’s smaller cities

tour eiffel: because I’ve taken a million pics

the eiffel tower (tour eiffel en fran├žais) is more french than baguettes. well, maybe not. but it’s up there. it’s so french, so parisian, in fact, that I’ve seen it a million times and taken a bunch of pics of it. this is significant because I don’t normally care for trite, tourist-y representations of a city. (I never saw the white house in the seven-plus years I lived in washington, dc and I never even went close to the statue of liberty when I lived in new york.) the eiffel tower, however, is right in the center of paris and … Continue reading tour eiffel: because I’ve taken a million pics

and not a single croissant was eaten…

before visiting france, I strongly associated croissants with the country. excuse the forthcoming satc reference, but remember when miranda didn’t want carrie to move to paris with the russian? she said, “what are you going to do over there? sit around and eat croissant?” for us ‘mericans, the buttery, carby, highly caloric treat just screams “FRANCE!!!!!” however, not one flaky morsel has crossed my lips in four weeks. idk, they’re not all over the place like you’d think. instead, I have been eating every other thing imaginable, like:         Continue reading and not a single croissant was eaten…