Notre-Dame de Paris

                  “The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation’s effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius…”      ― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Confession: I have never read The Hunchback […]


Bienvenue à Paris

You may find it hard to believe that I was in France for two days before I actually went into the city of Paris. It was nice to get my bearings in the small village before venturing into the city though. This morning, my host mom, Agnès, took me to the train station to help me […]

Où? Une leçon sur Maisons-Laffitte.

If you were to ask me “where” I live, the short answer would be Paris, of course. However, I actually live in a suburb located to the northwest of the city. Maisons-Laffitte is an adorable village known for two things: a château and a horseracing track. I can honestly say that I never thought I would […]

Bon Voyage!

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson This famous quote is one that I generally agree with, even in my travels. However, after being awake for 26 hours straight, I was thinking all about my final destination and was actually quite fed-up with the journey portion. Fortunately, I made it to […]


As I prepare to begin my journey to Paris, I inevitably must answer the question why? I will focus on why I’ve decided to teach English in a later post, but for now I hope this excerpt from my application essay will answer why I’ve chosen France… Sometimes English does not have the vocabulary to accurately describe a […]