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Living the Parisian Life in Saint-Germain-des-Pres

When I first landed in Paris at age 16, my favorite neighborhood was Montmartre.  The artists, the views, the hills — it just captivated me. But as I grew up, I found myself falling for an entirely new neighborhood.  Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the sixth arrondissement. Saint-Germain is located on the Left Bank of the Seine, just southwest …

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Christmas in Paris

Each time I’ve been to Paris, it’s been during a different time of year.  I’ve experienced rainy April days, the tourist swam and local flight of August, chilly October nights, near-perfection in June, and the freezing temperatures and soldes of January. On this trip, my sixth, I visited in December — and got to experience …

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Traveling in the Off-Season: Sometimes Great, Sometimes Awful!

I’m a big advocate of traveling in the off-season and reaping the benefits: lower prices, fewer crowds, a more local experience. But as I sit here in Turkey, I’m disappointed at my decision to come here for three weeks in late November.  Istanbul was great if a bit cold, Cappadocia was freezing cold and creepily …

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Winter Honeymoon Ideas

The other day, I received an email from my friend Marie, a former coworker of mine. She’s getting married in December and she’s looking for a winter honeymoon destination.  Here are the details: We are able to travel between December 18 or 19, 2010 and January 2, 2011 and I think we want to go …

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