My first stop, Paris bien sûr. They say the French are rude. Pas vrai.  After reading almost every book on French culture, fashion, and food, I realized soon upon my arrival that some of those stereotypes are grossly exaggerated. Use common sense, try to learn some French before you go and you should be fine. And yes, eating baguettes and pastries every day is completely acceptable.

20e Arrondissement: Père Lachaise

Beauty in stillness.

Automne Parisien: Paris in the Fall

Autumn is my favorite season. Why? Because it’s the BEST! Paris doesn’t disappoint. Bring a scarf and an umbrella. Dress comfortably, but not frumpy. You don’t want to be upstaged by a lamp post.

Montmartre and Pigalle: Art and Lust

Come for Sacre-Cœur, stay for the weirdness.

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East Bay Foodie Gems

Surprisingly a lot has changed since I lived there and the East Bay, a place usually overlooked by tourists and locals alike, has brought its food scene to rival that of its neighbors in the Wine Country, Peninsula, and South Bay.  You’ll need your walking shoes, an open mind, and an empty stomach. You never know what you’ll find when you become a backyard tourist!


language learning

DAY 4: #31DayAspiringPolyglot Challenge – Learning Persian (Fārsī)

“Love is simply creation’s greatest joy.” – Hafez
Learning Numbers
I needed this module! It was a nice needed break after writing some sentences. Each of the e-books in my language learning library had a distinctive way of teaching the numbers.