travel things

strasbourg, the capital of christmas

What were you doing in 1570? Oh wait, that was 37 years before your ancestors had possibly even come over on the Mayflower and 200 years before America was officially a country. But since then, for 448 years, Strasbourg has hosted the “Christkindelsmärik,” the oldest Christmas market in Europe. Since my parents were with us for… Continue reading strasbourg, the capital of christmas

france · things about art

sunset in the tuileries

If you’ve ever seen a sunset in Paris, then you understand why Monet devoted his entire life to painting the light in this marvelous city. The way that light reflects from the sea-foam green Seine river to the cream-colored buildings, the way it bounces off pebble paths onto marble statues, is simply dreamy. Standing on… Continue reading sunset in the tuileries

france · travel things

christmas in paris: part ii

This is the second half of my parents’ visit to Paris at Christmastime. If you missed the first part, you can find it here.  Strasbourg Two days before Christmas, we boarded our (very first!) European rail and headed to Strasbourg, the Capital of Christmas. We devoured our way through the Christmas markets, took lots of… Continue reading christmas in paris: part ii