It has officially been a week since I last arrived in Paris. As surprisingly as it is for my friends, I am at a home stay.The place is really nice, I get the whole room to myself and a little balcony where I could have my alone time. The first few days wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be, within a few days I was able to master my way around the Metro station. I still miss my New Yorkers though and the constant sirens and people on the streets. Paris can get rather quiet at night, mostly because the Metro stops running at 2am. Coming from New York, it is rather hard to get use to that.

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These photos are taken from my balcony. At night I can see the people opposite my room, I feel like a stalker sometimes just looking into their window and see what they are doing. Right beside my place is the St Christopher church. I am slowly getting my life into order in Paris. Making sure I follow a fix schedule I assign to myself, but during the weekends I get to slack off a little right? (; School is starting tomorrow, I look forward to a fulfilling semester, and getting use to the anti-fix-grid streets of Paris.

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It has officially been 4 days since I last arrived in Paris. I have met a couple of awesome people, they are really nice and kind. Most importantly, they are as nerdy as I am. I am not that nerdy, but a little balance :) Paris College of art (Parson Paris) is a small campus, with all honesty I prefer this better. Faculties in this school are really nice and helpful, I feel like I got to know some of them on a more personal level basis and they were really willing to help us when we have any questions. School officially starts for me next Monday, there is this class called Paris Inside/Out which I am really looking forward to because we get to go on field trips and meet designers.

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It’s said that culture shock follows a so called U-curve model by Oberg, which consists of four main stages. First the Honey Moon stage, where you are fascinated about the new culture, intense curiosity for differences and emphasis on culture differences. Second is the Crisis, confrontation of different behaviors, confusion and anxiety leading to rejection of the new culture. Thirdly Bicultralism, where one develops awareness and understanding of culture differences and dual culture identity. Lastly Adjustment, where one recover by learning new social and culture norms and respect for the new culture. I don’t think I have ever felt cultural shock before…or perhaps I have but I don’t know what it feels like.

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On our way to Les Arts Décoratifs we past by Hotel Regina and Place de la Concorde. The fountain is still my favorite, especially during sunset, it is beautiful. One thing I love about Paris is the amazing architecture, it enhance the culture and taste of this magnificent city. At Les Arts Decoratif we had an amazing tour of Van Cleef & Arpel exhibition. Words cannot describe the emotions I felt looking at this exhibition. The accessories designs were amazing, and the multi-function each pieces have left me gasping for air.

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I wish my mom could have seen this. I know she would have loved it because it has always been her dream to visit Paris. When she finally finds the time to visit, I’ll get her a surprise plane ticket to fly here. People always say the most positive things about Paris, it is beautiful, don’t get me wrong. I realize in Paris people don’t pick up the feces their dogs left behind. Pigeon here arn’t scared of people, sometimes you will be walking on the streets and a pigeon will just be blocking your way. School will be starting next week, I am looking forward to it.  However, with all honestly I miss New York. I’m sorry but yes, I really miss New York. I miss my friends back home and that special someone too.

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Château de Chantilly is by far the most beautiful place I have ever been to. I felt like I was in a fairy tale and this is my castle where I live. It was unfortunate that we didn’t have time to see the interior design of this magnificent architecture. I remember this day, it was beautiful, sunny, warm and the sun shined so bright. There was a horse race taking place there.
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This photo was taken right outside the gate of Musée Condé. Musée Condé is a french museum located inside the Chantilly. It consists mostly of Italian and French works. The museum has a total collection of 2500 drawings and a library including 1500 manuscripts. According to the museum website, the paintings held there are considered one of the wealthiest in France, after that of the Louvre Museum. Their masterpieces include three Raphael, three Fra Angelico, an Enguerrand Quarton and many more.

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I was rather astonished by this couple. Last year I was obsess with the idea of marriage, I was just young and naive. Weddings are so beautiful and romantic, yet it seems that marriage and weddings are two separate things. Marriage takes so much trust, effort and communication to make it through but most importantly you have to find someone that you can get along with and someone who understands you the most. But then, who am I to say such things. I still have a lot to learn and experience. I wonder where this couples were from. It must be beautiful to have their wedding photos taken at this place. I look forward to the next time I visit Chantilly again! Bonne journéeIMG_2925IMG_2921

I have to say, this is by far the most annoying and lonely trip I have encounter. Mainly because I had to stay in Moscow for 22 hours in a hotel. Where I was not allowed to go anywhere, I felt like I was a prisoner in The Novotel Hotel. However, one thing that really caught my attention was the snow in Moscow. The snow in Moscow looks like cotton candy, and it glitters under the sun. I wish I could have touched it, but people were all in a hurry. The sun in Moscow doesn’t rise till 9:30AM, I found it rather unusual, travelling really makes you see the outside world a little.

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I thought this was rather cute, they served me room service breakfast to my room early morning. How Russian could this get? Slices of ham, cheese and bacon. A glass of orange juice, yogurt and some bread. I was starving though, so I could care less. During my time in Moscow, there was this vibe that I kind of enjoy. Perhaps the rough and strong vibe I get from Russians somewhat attracts me.

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However, after having indulge myself with enough русский, I hoped on the next flight to Paris. I have to say, their language sounds so much more soft and calm. It made me feel a dozen times better. Upon my arrival in Paris, my friend came to pick me up. A drive around the city was amazing, I miss those beautiful architectures and the elegant french language.

Surprisingly, I wasn’t nervous at all when I was there. I don’t know why Paris felt like home to me, despite mon francaise n’est pas bon. Maybe because coming from Russia just made me realize how kind Parisians are.

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After a long walk, I had this delicious Carrot Detox juice with a hint of mint and ginger in it. It felt so refreshing. I felt my whole body had been clean out. The interior design wasn’t as attractive as it could be, however the blow-glass light they had on their ceiling caught my attention. It lightened up a little of this dull interior design.

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Later in the evening, we took a walk around Place des Vosges, one of Paris most expensive apartments surrounds the park. This place was originally named as the Place Royale, it was built by Henri IV from 1605 to 1612. Furthermore, Louis XIII celebrated his wedding here. As I look through the window of lit rooms, I wonder who the people living in there were. What their lives were like, what their daily routines were. I wonder what they do to afford places like this, it probably looks magnificent inside.

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Last but not least, I was told that in just a few days Paris will be having a big sale. You could say it is equivalent to New York Black Friday Sale.

January 9 – February 12: WINTER SOLDES These nationwide sales happen only twice each year in the winter and summer. So whoever needs a wardrobe update should prepare themselves for this big crowd.

Janaury 18 – 22: MAISON et OBJET as for those who really like interior design and fashion. Be sure to visit this event.

January 19 – 21: SALON DE LA LINGERIE is held at the Porte de Versailles. For these few days, Paris will become the Capital of Lingerie with a giant exposition at the Porte de Versailles entirely dedicated to magnificent under-garment.

Through March: AU-DELA DU STREET ART at  L’Adresse Musée de la Poste. I definitely think this is a must see! This exhibition host more than 70 pieces by the likes of Banksy and Invader.  It show case some of the biggest urban street art, as they take their work to a more traditional setting for this gallery show.

Looking through the photos I took last summer while I was in Paris made me realize that I almost forgot how beautiful Paris is. In exactly a week, I will be heading to Paris to begin another amazing six month there.I will definitely miss most of my friends in New York. People come and go, but I am proud to say that those that stayed are friends with good qualities. “Are you excited and anxious?” -they asked. Well, yes of course I am excited.It is like a big pool, and I am throwing myself into the pool, hoping for the best. I don’t expect things to stay the same when I am back, because I know things change, people change.

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These photos were taken at Place de la Concorde. We went around in the car just when the sun was about to set. I love how the skies are in the photos. Place de la Concorde is an 8 hectare square on the Seine river right banks in between the Champs Elysee and the Tuileries Garden. My favorite is the fountain in the center of Place de la Concorde. Place de la Concorde was designed by architecture Jacques-Ange Gabriel in 1763 to celebrate the glory of King Louis XV of France.

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Usually, before people move to another country they tend to have this “illusion scenarios  in their mind. They imagine things happening and what their potential future will be like. So my imagination, basically involves me walking around the city by myself, just enjoying the view of Paris and taking a lot of photos (Asian Stereotype) No, I do not see myself going to clubs anymore, nor meeting an amazing guy that will swept me off my feet. Mainly because those are not my top priority when I am there. Then again, these are just “illusion scenarios.” Things will always come out different than you expect

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I can’t say that I am looking forward to the cold weather there, I am extremely afraid of winter. Mainly because it makes me lazy and just want to cuddle in bed. Nevertheless, I look forward to this amazing 6 month trip and stay tune for many blog post and photos to come!

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