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Paris Plages

The “Paris Plages” have a place in the national image that is as cemented in old photos and paintings as the Eiffel Tower and the pyramid of the Louvre.A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, the famous pointillism painting by Georges Seurat, demonstrates just how ingrained the Seine river and relaxing beside the water is to our ...

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Anthea Mitchell,
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Top 25 Biggest Benefits of Studying Abroad [Infographic]

There are dozens of benefits of studying abroad – travel, new friends, and unforgettable life experiences, to name a few. There are just as many study abroad programs available for students looking to take advantage of these benefits. Some universities partner with schools in other countries to make study abroad trips possible. If you’re ...

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Jessica Dais,
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Convenient Apps to Have When Traveling Overseas

Convenient Apps For Travel Overseas  Preparation for travel in the past consisted of digging out the right backpack or suitcase, stacking the clothes and supplies inside, and making the entire thing close, one way or another. But today we not only pack our bags, we tend to pre-pack our devices with supplies to help us on our travels. As ...

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Anthea Mitchell,
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Read All About It (book suggestions)

If you haven’t experienced traveling to a certain place, the task of learning about the culture can be daunting. But, it doesn’t have to be. There are so many resources that will allow you to get a better understanding of new countries and their cultures. One of those ways is learning through reading. Not everything you read about a ...

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Imani Bashir,
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Spring Into Action - How to Spend Your Spring Productively in High School

Source: https://tinyurl.com/ybbvh5rt As the school year is making its way to being over, it’s important to be diligent in how you spend these Spring months. The Spring is a great metaphor for blossoming and that’s exactly what you’re going to do. Don’t forget to breathe and also find down time to relax so that you don’t experience ...

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Imani Bashir,
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Feria de Abril (The Seville Fair)

Feria de Abril (The Seville Fair) in Spain There are few better places to spend the month of April than in Seville. La Feria de Abril, Sevilla, or the Seville Fair, is a highlight of the year not only for the city, but also for the whole country of Spain. The fair begins exactly two weeks after Semana Santa and lasts for six days. It begins at ...

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Kristen Smith,
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Off the Beaten Path: Street Food (Rome)

Off the Beaten Path: Street Food (Rome)   New York Times Best selling author, Ken Follett once said, “hard work should be rewarded with good food”! Truer words were never spoken. A year of tests, essays, and powerpoint presentations can be daunting. However, the excitement of beginning your travels with Go Abbey, should bring about an ...

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Imani Bashir,
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Off the Beaten Path: Graffiti Tours (Berlin)

Off the Beaten Path: Graffiti Tours (Berlin)Traveling can bring about a monotony of site seeing that can often bore even the most intrigued traveler. It’s typical to land in a place and go to a museum or eat at a cafe, but unless you’re a museum or cafe enthusiast, it can be a snooze fest. Many countries have so much more to offer the ...

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Imani Bashir,
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Semana Santa (Holy Week in Spain)

Semana Santa If you’re studying abroad in Spain during the spring semester, you’re in for a cultural treat. The spring semester is a great time to be in Spain because of the various holidays and celebrations, and two of the biggest are Semana Santa and La Feria. Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is the week leading up to Easter Sunday, a ...

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Kristen Smith,
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3 Exceptional Restaurants in Seville, Spain

3 Exceptional Restaurants in Seville, Spain 1. Taberna Coloniales This gem is on the corner of a side street across from the cathedral. If you’re looking for a break from your host family’s cooking, this restaurant is the place. The tapas are delicious but relatively cheap, and the staff is very fun. Not only is the food great, but the ...

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Kristen Smith,
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5 Must-Have Foods in Southern Spain

5 Must-Have Foods in Southern Spain   If you’re studying abroad or spending some time in Spain, it’d be pretty hard to not come across these classic Spanish dishes. You can find them in the majority of local restaurants, and your host family will definitely have these prepared for you. Enjoy them while you can! And if your host family ...

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Kristen Smith,
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The Best Bookstore in Venice, Italy

The Best Bookstore in Venice: Libreria Acqua AltaOff the mainland and amidst the tourist filled canals and boat ways of Venice, is one of the more unique bookstores I’ve ever come across. So much of Venice is a crowded tourist filled din – albeit a beautiful one with gelato – that it’s nice to get off the street and find a quiet area ...

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Anthea Mitchell,
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Visit the Most Unique Church in Marseille, France: Notre-Dame de la Garde

Visit the Most Unique Church in Marseille, France: Notre-Dame de la GardeFrance is like much of Europe in terms of its breathtaking religious architecture, but it’s interesting to see how regional differences have influenced this historical development. In the north of France you have a number of well known constructions, probably most ...

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Anthea Mitchell,
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Increase Your Number of Followers

Social media is one of the most effective ways we have been able to connect ourselves to people from parts of the world that are foreign to us. From our homes, we can see the thoughts, daily lives and cultures of every corner of the globe. Social media has sparked the interests, of billions in the food, gaming, photography, fashion and travel ...

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Imani Bashir,
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Brief History of Gelato in Italy and What Flavors to Try

Brief History of Gelato in Italy and What Flavors to TrySource: https://pixabay.com/en/italy-gelato-ice-cream-food-943481/ One cannot be in Italy without having gelato at least once per day – although some of the extremists among us might push for once per meal. While there is as yet no official accord dictating this, it is, in my opinion ...

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Anthea Mitchell,
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Too Many Awkward Silences with your Host Family? 5 Tips to Build a Stronger Relationship

Too Many Awkward Silences with your Host Family? 5 Tips to Build a Stronger Relationship  It’s that time in the semester—polite conversations and surface-level discussions are getting old. You may be feeling like living with a host-family was a mistake and wish that you could move in with your friends who are staying in a student ...

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Kristen Smith,
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Off the Beaten Path: Dry Bars

Off the Beaten Path: Dry BarsPhoto Credit: https://tinyurl.com/y8qh27ut  It’s very easy for parents to have some reservations about sending their child(ren) halfway across the world without them. Europe is often known to be quite a party part of the world where people can eat, drink and be merry. However, we are now in a time where health ...

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Imani Bashir,
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Wondering What to Eat While You're in London?

Wondering What to Eat While You’re In London?  When people think of London, what usually comes to mind? The Tower of London, Big Ben, the British Museum, and Buckingham Palace – generally these are the big landmarks that people would list. But for anyone that thinks more with their stomach – as only the best of us do – their list ...

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Anthea Mitchell,
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Unusual Museums Worth Your While On a Visit to Prague

Unusual Museums Worth Your While On a Visit to Prague    Prague, like most major cities in Europe, has numerous public museums in both art and history that are worth seeing. The National Museum with its exhibits on natural history and the Technical Museum just for starters! These and many others are rate a trip out if you are of the ...

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Anthea Mitchell,
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Best Outsider Art in Prague: The “Magical Cavern"

Best Outsider Art in Prague: The “Magical Cavern”Petrin Hillside Park in central Prague, just west of the river, has a beautiful view of the city from above. It’s is a lovely place to go for a walk when the weather is nice — there’s a monastery with brewery and library attached, Petrin Tower and the funicular leading to it, and ...

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Anthea Mitchell,
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