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  • L'orangerie

  • I learned a lot about aristocratic French culture the day I visited Versailles, but what was for me the most memorable was the social and monetary value placed on exotic fruits.  Food was a status symbol in that era, and exotic fruits were almost too valuable to eat.  The orange specifically…

  • Credit: Danielle Sumner
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  • L'amour à Honfleur

  • In mid-October I took a weekend trip from Paris to Normandy, France to visit some family friends who lived there.  They were incredibly gracious hosts and they took me to a beautiful seaside town called Honfleur.  We went to the a museum for Erik Satie, who had been born there, and…

  • Credit: Danielle Sumner
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  • Vendredi Soir

  • My favorite fun fact to rattle off to friends visitng for the weekend or to my family or (honestly) to random strangers on the street was that if you spent three seconds in front of every single work on display in the Louvre, it would take you three months, night and…

  • Credit: Breanna Kendall
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  • Turkey Day

  • Being abroad during Thanksgiving is something that every American study abroad student faces.  This was my friends' and my first Thanksgiving away from home which was a little sad for all of us.  What's more, Thanksgiving - being a truly American holiday with some unusual practices and a contested reason for…

  • Credit: Kyle Alderdice
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  • Escaping the City

  • When you're living in a city like Paris, it is very easy to forget the world outside the metropolis.  In the fast-paced city environment I quickly developed habits - my specific métro commute, my favorite place to indulge in my newfound appreciation for expresso - without really taking a step back…

  • Credit: Kyle Alderdice
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  • Pavel

  • One cold November evening, a group of Duke students met at the Old New Synagogue of Prague under the light of the Menorah, to speak with Pavel, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor.

    His story is a sad one, of heartbreak and loss, but also one of faith and love. Pavel was ordered…

  • Credit: Julia Janco
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  • "Leave the walls clean"

  • Paris is known for its gothic architecture, sprawling gardens and white stone buildings; it is the international capital of fashion, the city of love and the city of light. But hidden between the churches, operas, castles, and museums dating back to 18th century revolutions, Paris has a hipster side. Where the…

  • Credit: Julia Janco
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  • Rainy Days

  • When it rains it pours, and the crowds of tourists and study abroaders alike flock to the museums for shelter. The line at the Louvre on this seemingly gloomy fall afternoon snakes around the pyramid all the way to the back of the courtyard, a steady stream of families, couples, and…

  • Credit: Julia Janco
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  • Water lilies

  • When we boarded the bus for our afternoon trip to Giverny, we had no idea what to expect. Driving along a road lined with rolling green mountains and open fields, we knew it would be nothing like the tall buildings and busy streets of Paris. Little did we know that upon…

  • Credit: Nicole Savage
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  • L'avenue

  • Walking along the Champs Elysées is like nothing you've ever experienced before. It is the ultimate tourist destination, with expensive shops lining the sidewalks and thousands of people from all over the world parading up and down the street. Even local Parisians have admitted to trying to avoid the area at…

  • Credit: Nicole Savage
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  • Carousel in Paris

  • When you spend an entire semester abroad, it is often easy to forget where you are and why you are there. You spend weeks trying to adjust to your new life and finding a rhythm for your daily activities. You start to go to the same places, take the same metro…

  • Credit: Nicole Savage
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  • La rue

  • One of the most critical lessons I learned from studying abroad was the importance of being conscious of your surroundings and to never take anything for granted. This idea was most apparent when I found myself walking through the streets of Paris and marveling at the beauty of the street, of…

  • Credit: Nicole Savage
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  • La ville

  • Studying abroad is an adventure, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and an ultimate challenge. Perhaps one of the most difficult yet rewarding aspects of my semester in Paris was the complete immersion in a foreign culture. Living with a host family in a huge city with no other American students is perhaps the…

  • Credit: Nicole Savage
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  • Paris: Postcard vs. Reality

  • This photograph shows the contrast between the façade of Paris, the ideal tourists have in their heads before visiting the City of Light, and its reality. Ah Paris…city of the accordion-playing, poodle-walking, beret-wearing Parisians, city of cobbled streets scattered with art galleries and tucked-away cafes, where one sips on a cappuccino…

  • Credit: Rebecca Dickerson
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  • The King of Paris

  • This photo was taken in Monmartre, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris. My homestay was only a 10-minute walk away, so I often went here to contemplate and take in the beauty of my favorite city. At the base of Sacre Coeur in Monmartre, there are always plenty of street…

  • Credit: Rebecca Dickerson
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  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain