Weekends in Aix (or not…), by Danielle Ely

Life has gotten pretty busy around here with class trips on weekends and projects during the week, but now that midterms are all wrapped up and Spring Break has passed, I am suddenly very aware of how little time I have left in Aix. I wish I could describe all my adventures in full detail,…

Paris Fashion Week, by Amelia Hitchens

  This morning I woke up in Milan Italy, made myself a cup of coffee, and sat down to write about one of the most incredible and eye opening weekends of my life. 853.0 kilometers and 24 hours ago, I was in Paris attending some of the most prestigious events in the high fashion industry….

Provence and the Power of Mary Magdalene, by Alex Curran-Cardarelli

Growing up, I did not have much of a religious influence. My parents were raised Catholic and Greek Orthodox, but soon broke away from the systematic practices as they moved into their adult years. As a result, I had a slight “Christian like” experience, with a Lego nativity set every Christmas, and had the pleasure…

Carnival de Nice et La Côte d’Azur, by Amelia Hitchens

  Nice was SO ~nice~ !!! Despite all the puns I could make about this weekend, it honestly was an amazing trip. From experiencing Carnival to relaxing on the French Riviera, it was just the weekend I needed before heading back to a week of classes. On Friday evening, I arrived in Nice with Corrine,…

First impressions, by Danielle

It’s almost the end of week-one in France and I’ve already seen so much! After arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport, I made my way to Gare de Lyon (a train station) near the center of Paris. I of course made my way to a little café before taking the TGV to Aix-en-Provence, but I…

France’s ups and downs: from mountains to canyons, by Alex

Before coming to Aix-en-Provence, I had a vision in mind of the South of France: long strips of lavender fields, those tall Van Gogh trees scattered throughout, the blue Mediterranean Sea surrounded by palm trees. It was the perfect peaceful landscape of flat land, tall trees and the shimmering sea. Who could ask for anything…

First weeks in Aix-en-Provence, by Amelia

I never thought the day would come, that I would have to say goodbye to everything I knew and loved in the U.S., and say hello to a whole new world 4,305 miles away from “home”. A world full of new people, experiences, food and culture. A world where I hope to find myself and…

Bittersweet departure, by Amanda Opromolla

This is the definition of bittersweet. Leaving the place that has become my home over the past few months. I’ve done so many things here that I never thought I would be able to do in a place that has been my dream for as long as I can remember and now I have to…

A traveling homebody, by Amanda Opromolla

What defines a home? It’s amazing how fast I started referring to my host mom’s apartment as my home; I think it was only 3 weeks. But is it my home? Just like is my dorm room at my university my home? I believe we use the term home interchangeably with house when in actuality…

Five cities to visit in France, by Emily Rosman

  When traveling to France, most people put Paris at the top of the list of must-see cities. Paris is undoubtedly beautiful, and everyone should experience the sight of the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. But even though it’s arguably the most famous city in France, others deserve just as much, if not more,…

Breaking bread by the light of our iphones, by Carole Palser

  By the time our last excursion as art students at Marchutz School of Fine Arts came to a close, I had begun to suspect I had enlisted in a “boot camp” for artist.  Let me preface my account of our day in the French countryside by saying that our “fearless leader” and mentor, John…

Five cities to visit in France, by Emily Rosman

When traveling to France, most people put Paris at the top of the list of must-see cities. Paris is undoubtedly beautiful, and everyone should experience the sight of the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. But even though it’s arguably the most famous city in France, others deserve just as much, if not more, attention….