Les Films Français

There has always been something special to me about a French film. Every time I try to put my finger on it I can’t quite figure out why, but perhaps it is the candid and perceptive way that they portray life that appeals to me. As part of my attempt to learn French I now had a new purpose– to watch as many French films as I could (preferably taking place in Paris so that I could get a feel of the city). I searched Netfilx’s offerings, and soon came across “Le Chef,” a comedy. Read More

Without Reservations

imageEvery once in a while you come across a book that really affects you– whether it is your state of mind, your sensibilities, or your heart. And if you’re lucky, it’s a combination of all of these things and more. I’d have to say that reading Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman changed me in more ways that I could have imagined.

This book was recommended to me by a couple of co-workers, and reading about the author’s adventures in France, England, and Italy immediately sparked my imagination. I admired her ability to both self-examine and mindfully observe the behavior of others. She had an attitude that I hoped I could hone while traveling solo– unhurried, open to new experiences, yet also calmly cautious. I also loved that she sent herself postcards from each of her destinations, capturing the moment and how she was feeling at the time so that she could savor the memories later. Read More

For the Love of Language

I have always loved languages. The first foreign language that I attempted to master was German, and with the encouragement of an excellent teacher I immersed myself in the language and went on to earn my Bachelor’s Degree with a focus on Germanic Literature. I found that my love of languages was insatiable and soon began to focus on Spanish. I loved the way that Spanish rolled off the tongue as opposed to the gutteral sounds of German. Both were fun to speak, but I had always longed to study French. It was a language that both attracted and intimidated me, for I feared I would never be able to master this language of love. Read More

Preparing for Paris & Prague

Ever since I booked my trip my mind has been filled with thoughts of what this vacation is going to be like. And I have discovered that one of the best things about traveling solo is that the decision about where to go is completely up to you. One of my favorite things to do is browse Pinterest, pinning ideas about restaurants, landmarks, and unique shops to visit while I’m there. I have also found it very useful to pin travel tips and inspiration. Here’s a sample of my board, which is located here: Read More