Oct 31st, 2015, 01:38 PM

Why Does No One Celebrate Halloween in Paris?

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The Origins 

“Halloween,” the shortened version of “All Hallow’s Evening,” is a celebration dedicated to the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all of the departed. Halloween's origins trace back to pagan roots, such as the Gallic people, or the Gauls. For those of you who don’t know, the Gauls are the people who comprised France's population during the Iron Age.

Oct 30th, 2015, 12:29 AM

From Luxury Marketing Manager to Parisian Barbecue Master

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It’s been a year since Parisian pit boss, Thomas Abramowicz, opened the first authentic smokehouse in Paris. Today, he is the undisputed barbecue king of France. His restaurant, The Beast, refers to Abramowicz's massive six-square meter, two-ton, oak-fired smoker. The included menu items would make any Texan feel at home: beef brisket, baby back ribs, pulled pork and barbecued chicken are just some of the specialties. Desserts include Southern delicacies such as pecan and key lime pie.

Oct 28th, 2015, 09:59 AM

What to Expect From the Pitchfork 2015 Music Festival

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The Opening night of the Pitchfork Music Festival took place on Tuesday night, marking the fourth year of the Parisian music festival. Throughout the night, ten different artists played at three different venues: Café de La Danse, Mécanique Ondulatoire, and Badaboum, all in the 11th arrondissement. Each venue had a personality of its own, but shared casual atmospheres and intimate performances. Borns, Empress Of, and LA Priest (perfoming in silk pajamas) took to the stage in the two story venue of Café de La Danse.

Oct 27th, 2015, 04:07 PM

Where the Lights Can't Reach

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Shitty service, condescending looks, rude taxi drivers, cigarette butts, six-euro cups of tea and rain. Yes, you’re in Paris, and it’s horrible.

But once you have acclimatized—when you’ve acquired pills for your heightened blood pressure, you’ve started smoking, stopped smiling and no longer care that a meal in an upscale restaurant goes for the same price as a month’s rent in your home town—you start loving it.

Oct 26th, 2015, 04:29 AM

What You Need to Know About Internships in France

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The internship hunting process can be daunting. We've all had the same questions: How do I know if my internship is relevant, in the right sector and in the right industry? Which organization should I target? How do I present myself in an interesting way? All of these are valid questions, and they're only some of many questions students may be asking themselves as they propel themselves into finding an internship.  

Oct 25th, 2015, 05:38 PM

Watch These Five Films to Rediscover Paris

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When the honeymoon phase is over and you've had more than your fill of baguettes and croissants, these films will help you rediscover the magic of living in Paris.

1.  Breathless (1960)

Jean-Luc Godard's New Wave classic is about the relationship between a wandering French criminal and his American student girlfriend. 

Oct 23rd, 2015, 12:45 PM

Explore Antique Row in the Marais

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In the heart of the fourth arrondissement, the streets are lined with antique shops of all types in the Village Saint-Paul. For anyone who loves antiques, this area is a gold mine. Ranging from clothes to jewelry to old books and maps to antique silverware and glassware, you can find almost anything. A stroll down Rue Saint-Paul is a must for any new or experienced antique hunter. 

Oct 19th, 2015, 10:42 PM

6 Things To Do on Your Trip to Rouen

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With only an hour and and ten minutes of stunning green landscape separating Paris from this buzzing Normandy city, Rouen is certainly worth a visit. As you catch the first sights of the grand Notre-Dame de Rouen from the train, recognizable by its black and green bell tower looming from a distance, you're only fifteen minutes away from arriving at this medieval city. 

Oct 19th, 2015, 12:20 AM

Afropean: What Does it Mean to be Black and European?

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What does it mean to be black and European?
In the United States, we attempt to answer this question of identity by linking cultures through sophisticated punctuation. A hyphen allows African-Americans, Caribbean-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans to hold on to ethnic origins and simultaneously be a part of American society.
Identity becomes more complex when discussing the black diaspora throughout Europe. If you are brown and British does that make that make you black-British or just English?
Oct 18th, 2015, 03:23 PM

French Countryside vs. Paris

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Have you ever tasted Calvados? It’s a local liquor made from apples in Normandy that’s not only good to drink by itself over ice, but also popular to cook with, or drink warm on a cold winter day. France is, of course, home to famous alcoholic beverages like champagne and "les grands crus", but lesser-known Calvados is a real treat, best from an unmarked bottle someone made on their farm.

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