France in Boston, Paris in Boston, Sightseeing, Travel

Finding Paris in Boston: A new blog series

As far as I can remember, the first city I ever wanted to visit was Paris. I finally had the opportunity to travel to Paris in the fall of 2006 and it did not disappoint! Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time was breathtaking, not to mention the beautiful architecture and the way Parisians showcase everything as if it’s a work of art. Whether it’s cheese, bread, pastries, tea, or chocolate, stepping into most shops is like stepping into an art gallery where each display is a feast for the eyes.

Interior of Stohrer Patisserie in Paris
The beautiful Stohrer patisserie in Paris

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Getting a PhD, Review, Sightseeing, Travel

Ideal places to write a thesis

One of my main motivations for starting this blog was to show how it’s possible to travel AND get a PhD – and combining the two definitely helps to keep away the stress of research and writing!

While traveling, there were many places I visited where I thought were perfect for doing some heavy-duty writing. Some because it provided inspiration and beauty, others because of its impressiveness and refinement. I hope these places help you find some inspiration for finding the perfect spot to write!

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Restaurants, Review, Sightseeing, Travel

The best patisserie (Stohrer) and ice cream (Berthillon) in Paris

When you’re visiting Paris, you expect to be surrounded by delicious food, especially pastries and other sweets. Since there’s so much to choose from and so little time to try it all, I’ve done the “difficult” work by testing out some of the most popular places to make your decision much easier! Let’s find the best patisserie and ice cream in Paris!

Berthillon Paris France best ice cream

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Review, Sightseeing, Travel

Parks of Paris: Jardin des Plantes

In our last Parks of Paris post, we visited the magical Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Let’s take the 45 minute Metro ride to the 5th arrondissement and the location of the Jardin des Plantes. This botanical garden not only has row after row of beautiful blooming flowers, but also a zoo and 4 museums! They include the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, the Mineralogy Museum, the Paleontology Museum and the Entomology Museum. Let’s take a tour!

Paris in Boston Jardin des Plantes
Helpful signage showing the different sections of the garden

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Culture, Sightseeing, Travel

A day at the Louvre in Paris (and unexpected details and sections to look out for)

The Louvre offers so many exhibits and works of art that it could take weeks to see every single item. However, not everyone can afford to spend months in Paris on a holiday, although I’m sure many of us would love that!

For someone planning a visit to the Louvre, it might be helpful to see some highlights and the different types of art on display so you know what to expect. Since the objects span prehistory to the 21st century, there’s no shortage of interesting information to learn and see.

Let’s begin our tour of the Louvre!

Paris Louvre interior courtyard

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Culture, Review, Sightseeing, Travel

Top 5 Paris museums for fans of Monet

I am a HUGE fan of museums, I mean, my PhD is even related to museums! Whether I’m at home or traveling, I love to visit local museums and get lost in art and history for a few hours. If I visit a museum often, I usually bring my Kindle, choose a beautiful room filled with artwork and a large, comfortable seat, and pretend I’m just relaxing in my own grand living room. It helps if the museum is free, as most London museums are!

But we’re not here to talk about museums in London, we’re here to learn more about the top 5 museums in Paris that showcase artwork by Claude Monet. He’s my absolute favorite artist, and my favorite genre is Impressionism. Most of these museums also highlight other major Impressionists, so if you’re not a huge Monet fan, you can certainly find something to enjoy at these museums.

Paris in Boston Musee d'Orsay

While many Paris museums aren’t free, they might offer concessions (or discounts) for students, those under 18 years of age, and seniors, so if you’re a student, make sure you bring your student ID! In fact, just always carry your student ID with you, even when you’re traveling, because so many places offer student discounts, not just museums, but restaurants, shops, and other tourist attractions.

Now, let’s count down the top 5 museums in Paris to view works by Monet.

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Review, Transportation, Travel

Pros and Cons of a last minute, overnight bus trip from London to Paris

Thinking of traveling from London to Paris on a budget? Definitely consider taking an overnight bus. While some may be hesitant to travel this way, there are some Pros and Cons to consider.

Paris Eiffel Tower in spring with flowers

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Review, Sightseeing, Travel

The most whimsical shop in Paris

Paris has so many hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. While the touristy-spots are absolutely well worth your time, after you’ve seen it all, why not venture off the beaten path and see other beautiful and historical places?

One such place is Galerie Vivienne. Paris has many covered passages/arcades that might not be so obvious to tourists, but Galerie Vivienne is the most well-known and the most luxurious.

It is here that we’ll find the most whimsical shop in Paris (or so I deemed it as I’ve never seen any shop like it). Let’s take a look!

Paris Galerie Vivienne whimsical unique shop
A work of art too beautiful to sit on…

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Review, Sightseeing, Travel

Parks of Paris: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Spring has finally arrived! What better way to celebrate than to visit another charming and magical park in Paris. The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is located in the 19th arrondissement, which is in northeastern Paris. I’d say this park is somewhere between the Jardin du Luxembourg and Parc Monceau in terms of charm, jaw-dropping beauty, and sense of magic. It’s definitely one of my favorite parks in the world. Let’s wander around!

Paris Parc des Buttes-Chaumont temple
Temple de la Sibylle on the cliff

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Restaurants, Review, Travel

Sushi in Europe: Paris

Whenever I travel, I always try to find a great sushi restaurant. I’ve found some excellent places, but also a few duds. I thought it would be helpful to write reviews about my experiences in case you ever travel to these cities and are craving some sushi.

First, let’s eat some sushi at my favorite sushi place in Paris!

Paris in Boston Best Sushi

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