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The Tapas, Culture, and Relaxation of Granada, Spain

  Roughly a year ago the idea began forming in my head that I should move to Spain, and almost on a whim I chose Granada as the destination for my relocation. While I had visited the town roughly ten years earlier, I had only spent a few days tasting its tapas and melting in its …

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Understanding the French

I teach a course on Franco-American relations each year at a local college. The first day of class, I always ask the students to write down adjectives describing their impressions of French people. The typical responses range from “sophisticated” to “frugal”; many of the students choose their adjectives based on interactions with the French while …

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Travel Reading: French Culture

  As I sat down to write this post on some of what I consider to be the best books out there on France and French culture, I had an extremely difficult time narrowing down my list. So, I decided to divide up my “Travel Reading” posts into different categories pertaining to French culture, language …

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Paris’ Quai Branly Museum: Collections and Controversy

For many reasons, Paris’ Quai Branly has caused much controversy among the French and  international visitors.  Despite (or perhaps because of) this continued controversy, it has become hugely popular since it opened on June 23, 2006.  The Musée Quai Branly contains an impressive collection of over 300,000 artifacts from Africa and Oceania that was previously displayed …

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Discovering Paris Theater

One of my favorite things to do when visiting Paris is to see a play, whether at the illustrious Comédie Française or at one of Paris’ many independent theaters. The French have an approach to theater that will seem different to Americans (even theater buffs). Each season, French directors, set designers and costumers strive to …

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