27 December 2008

Merci Beaucoup.

Thank you Paris.
Thank you for opening my eyes and heart to the world.
Thank you for introducing me to some of the most amazing people,
and for creating the most unforgettable of memories.
Thank you for making me appreciate my home,
and for making me crave the sights, tastes, scents, and textures of the rest of the world.
Thank you for helping me find myself,
I was never going to find her if I had always stayed in Rhode Island.
Thank you for your magic,
I will always love you.

24 December 2008

It's official...

I have jumped the pond and for some reason they have let me back into the mother land.
After a grueling day of traveling, I was welcomed to the most heart-warming of hellos a girl could ask for. In the way my sister and I know best, we successfully made the biggest scene in the arrivals section of the airport. That was exactly what I needed- a great explosion of love.





21 December 2008

Je t'aime

Prague has the Lennon wall.
Paris has the Love wall.
Found in Montmartre, behind the metro stop Abbesses (line 12):
Over 300 phrases
translated from hundreds of the world's languages-
all playing with the imagery of love.




18 December 2008

Chocolate Covered Ants.

Next time you want to feel unique and cultured, I don't advise trying chocolate covered ants.


Step 1: Purchase said product at the grand Bon Marché

Step 2: Sit in the Sevres-Babylone Metro Stop

Step 3: Place said delicacy in ta bouche

Step 4: Enjoy the crunchy, protein filled treat.
Note: Make sure to carry floss with you.

Although they are a great party prank.

"In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language."

-Mark Twain

16 December 2008


14 December 2008

Praha, CZ

I'm off to Prague, CZ (Praha) with the lovely Lee and Laura. This city is unarguably one of my favorite cities in the world. (I went on a school trip prior.) Filled with an amazing history, kind people, and incredible sites I am glowing with excitement to return.

The safety instructions on Sky Europe were slightly disturbing.
In case of an emergency, please place baby in floatable coffin.

They had to ask the flight attended how it worked, of course.

If you appreciate beer, head to Prague. You won't find anything like this in the states.



Holiday season in Prague.
The Old Town Square
During the holiday season, Prague's Old Town Square is booming with traditions of all sorts.

Christmas ham for 100 Kč/gm (about $.06/gm) anyone?
Check out the stud in the background.

Adam and Eve


Astronomical Clock
aka Prague Orloj
This clock is very cool.
The Astronomical Dial represents the positions of the sun and moon.
Hourly, "The Walk of the Apostles" performs.
As well as a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.



My boyfriends.

The friend I made at our hostel.

You might want to wear a helmet when riding down the escalator to the metro. I have never seen on this steep!

The Charles Bridge
The main connection between the old town and the rest of the city.
Hopping to the other side, you'll find the beautiful Prague castle as well as many other great discoveries.

Walk down from the Prague Castle.




Franz Kafka Museum


The John Lennon Wall:
a.k.a one of the most beautiful things in the world
Velkopřevorské náměstí118 00
Praha, Praha, Czech Republic
Created by liberal-minded "Lennonism" students in 1988
who were protesting against the communistic regulations of their government.







Celebrating my 21st birthday... The Czech way
I'll let you use your imagination.

Wenceslas Square

In memory of the 1969 student protests
Jan Palach and Jan Zajic

09 December 2008

Dear Sorbonne,

I took a 10 credit course with you
Hoping to help my French
I sat through you each day
In a room
That smelled of
body odor

Ms. Shwan
you gave me as a professor
A woman who purchased her clothing
at museum shops
Found great amusement
in destroying my desires
to speak French

You gave me one exam
that would determine if
I would pass your course
One exam lasting three hours
of my life
50% survive

Dear Sorbonne,
I believe I proved Ms. Shawn wrong!

With great happiness,
M.







03 December 2008

Come on Eileen.


For all of you vintage-shop lovers, hold onto your slightly used yet totally Indie hats, and let me share this amazing little secret that the beautiful Nina kindly bestowed upon myself.
Found tucked on a small side-street nearing the Bastille; Come On Eileen is one of Paris's best kept shopping secrets.
Within its 2.5 floors, Come On Eileen has everything from sunglasses, to purses, to jeans, to wedding dresses, to vintage t-shirts, to designer ensembles, to old fur coats.... the list could go on and on.
I highly suggest the trip, even if its only for the experience.


Come On Eileen |
16/18 rue des Taillandiers | Marais/Bastille (area map) | +33143381211
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 20:30, Sunday 14:00 - 20:00

30 November 2008

Happy Holidays.

Magic.

It snowed in Paris tonight.
Life was magical for those few moments.
I was home.

video

27 November 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Paris is certainly not the same. First of all, when ordering a turkey at the corner butcher, you must request for the bird to be dead. If not, they will hand you a live turkey. No thanks! Secondly, its near impossible to find the ingredients and treats that we take for granted back home. Thankfully off of Rue St. Paul, there is a wonderful petite epicery which imports our delightful American delicatessens.

On a more grateful note:
I am so thankful for the amazing people in my life, the year I have had, and the future that awaits me.
I miss you all so much. Eat lots of extra helping of desserts for me.
I am celebrating my day of thanks with Ali's family. Hopefully my dessert doesn't poison anyone. Good thing I'm bringing a bag of cookies as a surrogate.

Love love
-M


I love and miss you all!

25 November 2008

Only in Paris.

Where else in the world would I take university courses in the same court yard Alexander McQueen designs his art?


23 November 2008

21 November 2008

When Rhody comes to play.

It is always a wonderful treat to have friends from home come visit.
It almost legitimatized Paris as my home.
My lovely ladies from URI came for a visit.
La belle Allison attempting to fit in.
I think she could potentially pass as a Frenchie.

The Eiffel Tower
I brought the girls the the Eiffel Tower for thier first introduction.
Slightly magical on many levels.




I think she cried a little.
video

L' Arc de Triomphe





Daily outdoor market

Allison getting a french haircut.
She had me explain to them what she wanted (in French).


I guess I did pretty well.