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Searching for Africa in Paris

Published August 3, 2022

Travel to the 18th arrondissement with the Bittman Project

After months of dreaming of travel, when the travel ban lifted, I made arrangements to visit the city I’d been dreaming of but hadn’t yet been: Paris. I last visited France during an undergraduate teaching opportunity in the Italian Alps, but limited money and time impeded a trip to the City of Light. I finally got to see what all of the adoration was about to kick off this summer. And yes, within a day, I was smitten.

Paris immediately spoke to me in a way that no city has. Walking from one arrondissement to another, I was introduced to people who treasure beauty, whether it’s through a seemingly simple, yet deeply intricate Parisian balcony, or a plate of foie gras drizzled with bright honey and sea salt.