Paris syndrome is a transient psychological disorder exhibited by some individuals when visiting or vacationing to Paris, as a result of extreme shock resulting from their finding out that Paris is not what they had expected it to be. – Wikipedia We travel to find out from the first … more »
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If you think that France has been the world’s most popular tourist destination for over twenty years, you can’t help but wonder what the fuss is all about, right?
Several of our trips have taken us to France, where we have eaten, observed and interacted with different aspects of the country and the folks who call it home.
We have mainly explored Paris and, as much as we love spending time in the city, we think there’s a time of the year when Paris is very pleasant, and a few months when you’ll experience that even locals get fed up with visitors.
We also think it’s time travelers put aside most of the cliches associated with Paris, and start thinking about this city as the happening multicultural metropolis that it really is!
TRAVEL Highlights of 2015
Ever since we started traveling full-time I don’t have the same feeling I used to have before: What?! It’s already December? The year went by FLYING!…” Now, I fly! Being in various places and occupying your time with different activities, time dilation becomes your best friend. Still, it somehow … more »
PARIS when it’s pleasant
Paris in summer is like a pancake with too much maple syrup. Good on the inside but unbearable on the outside. Tourists throng about all over the city indulging in the most obnoxious touristy behavior. From photos where sixteen girls try and coordinate a simultaneous jump to American grandpas walking … more »
I WAS CHARLIE – The demise of free speech
The recent attack on Charlie Hebdo has left the world pretty much divided into two camps. I am Charlie and I am not Charlie. Apparently people are mobilized by the fact that free speech has been attacked. The terrorists never said they were attacking free speech but through the media, … more »
Bend it like… the Parisians!
Behold the impressive palace at the Luxembourg Garden in Paris. And then notice the even more outstanding girl twisting herself in front of it! We were trying to photograph the famous palace while walking around these popular gardens on a sunny Parisian afternoon. I am not much of a fan … more »
Chinese Wedding Portraits in PARIS
Walking around Paris earlier this October, I saw a scene that kept on repeating in the most touristic landmarks of the French capital. In front of the Eiffel Tower, in the “bridge of love” by Notre-Dame’s Cathedral or along the magnificent buildings of La Concorde, Asian couples would pose in … more »
FOOD PORN: a year of Food Around the World
It has been over a year since I put together “The Yummiest Blog Post of the Year“. As a fan of food (or food porn whenever actual food is not around), I like looking at photos of delicious meals from around the world. Ethnic food, weird eats, indulgent sweets and … more »
Paris is not a great travel destination in the middle of July. Places are crowded, the charm of little cobblestone streets is replaced by loud groups of tourists and it’s impossible to appreciate the facade of any fairly famous building or monument without encountering smiling faces and jumping bodies, posing … more »
From Amsterdam to Paris… on a unicycle!
I am currently spending 10 days traveling 643km from Amsterdam to Paris… on a unicycle. This idea was born as a joke with friends at the pub, and gradually the more I thought about it, the more this ridiculous, obscure idea began to seem like an actual possibility. I’m always … more »
Town Hall in Paris
Paris as a city has an interesting layout. Instead of being planned in squares, the city is laid out in concentric localities called arrondissements. Each arrondissement is it’s own locality and people refer to them with numbers. This is the town hall which is in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. … more »