A Day in Rouen, France

I’ll admit: Rouen was never on my Bucket List. And, I knew next to nothing about the city before we embarked on our whirlwind search for affordable getaways from Paris last month. But, after discovering that Rouen, the capital of France’s Normandy region, was located just over an hour’s train ride northwest of Paris (at only €11 a ticket!), we absolutely couldn’t pass it up. Like Paris, Rouen was established on the River Seine, complete with several iron bridges between the left and right banks and a large, inhabited island. But, Rouen’s charming, small(er) town vibe made it feel vastly different — and that was A-Okay with […]

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Musée des Égouts de Paris

… the great prodigality of Paris, her marvelous fête, her Beaujon folly, her orgy, her full-handed outpouring of gold, her pageant, her luxury, her magnificence, is her sewer. Maybe it’s cliché to begin my account of the Musée des Égouts de Paris, or the Paris Sewer Museum, with a quote from Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, but I don’t care. Images of Jean Valjean sludging through the dark, muck-filled tunnels, a wounded Marius slung over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes, are in part what drew me to this bizarre museum in the first place. (That, and my passion for interesting feats of […]

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Beautiful Bones & Our Visit to the Museum of Natural History

I’ve discovered over the past few months that I have a weird affinity for bones — a strange thing, I know, to discover while living in Paris of all places… but hear me out. My path to self-discovery began in the Catacombs of Paris during our pre-Halloween jaunt through the city’s dark, damp underbelly. It really is a bit morbid if you think about it: paying money to gawk at the ornately-stacked remains of centuries of deceased French citizens. But, it turned out to be one of the biggest highlights of my Fall, mainly because it helped me to connect with history in a tangible way and because […]

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Go and Sin No More: My Favorite Painting at the Louvre (so far)

My Favorite Painting at the Louvre (so far) | thisplaceishomeblog.com

The best part about getting a membership to the Musée du Louvre is that I can visit the famous museum as often as I please. I don’t have to feel rushed, like I need to ingest all of that culture in one, greedy bite. I can spend an afternoon browsing the Egyptian artifacts and another meandering through the Roman sculptures. I can revisit my favorite Greek pottery or Moroccan tiles. And, I don’t have to feel guilty for spending a half an hour admiring a single Italian painting either. It’s fate that I even found the painting at all, hidden as it is in a corner behind the […]

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