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Sidonie Sawyer
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Franco-American Sidonie Sawyer is a hybrid journalist, writer, editor, blogger, photographer. Always inspired by the ocean. Born, raised and educated in Paris, came to America 25 years ago, worked at the Miami Herald for a decade, and then took several jobs in smaller media outlet as a writer and editor, as well as a blogger for the Huffington Post.

She is currently working in a new start-up marketing agency as a senior writer. Passionate about archaeology and the origin of man, opera, dance and road trips. She is a world traveler who has visited five continents with a preference for Australia and Afghanistan - and a weakness for Paris and New York.

Loves writing about quirky locations and different experiences that make the planet the ultimate land of discovery.

Entries by Sidonie Sawyer

The Dodo Carousel in Paris Lets You Ride Extinct Species

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 12:45 AM

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Most Parisian kids are familiar with the charming botanical Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement of the capital, covering over 70 acres, right by the bank of the Seine River. Opened in 1626 by Louis XIII's physician as a medicinal herb garden,...

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Le Petit Prince in Versailles

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 2:53 PM

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A Boy on a Planet.

The beloved book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Le Petit Prince -- the whimsical story of how a boy on his planet charmed millions of children and adults alike, with his philosophical thoughts and humanitarian ideas -- is...

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The Giant Mechanical French Elephant You Can Ride

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 5:45 PM

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"Les Machines de l'île" is a fantasy artistic project created by François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice -- a crossover dream mixing Jules Verne's invented worlds with the mechanical universe imagined by the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.

Two hours from Paris with the...

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36 Hours in the Desert of West Texas

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2016 | 5:27 PM

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Big Bend.

The frontier land in the desert, the last bit of North American soil and rocks, the tall cliffs is where the greenish Rio Grande calmly slithers against the massive mountains separating the two lands, Mexico and the USA. There...

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The Hunger Games in Paris: A Futuristic Filming Location

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 5:31 PM

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It's not exactly in Paris proper but in the close suburbs of the capital. The shocking view of the stark buildings is in wild contrast with the rest of the surrounding architecture. Nothing prepares you for the awe of the tall...

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When Temperature Chills, Paris' 18th and 19th-Century Covered Galleries Await Shoppers

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 9:05 PM

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In the times before paved ways and sewers, covered passages offered warm and dry places for customers to shop and dine and avoid ruining their clothes on rainy, muddy days. Paris still has some 20 covered historical galleries, short streets of inside shopping...

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Shooting, Stabbing, Downpours -- My Very Gloomy Art Basel Week.

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 9:32 PM

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Rain, Rain, And More Rain.

The Sunshine State has not been kind to us for the entire week we spent in Miami for the huge Art Basel event. The art fair itself is only four days of orgy-like art immersion, but...

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The Isle of Sark -- Europe's Last Medieval Feudal State Is a Stone's Throw From Normandy

(14) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 4:04 PM

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You're right off the coast of Normandy, a speck of land in the cold waters of the Channel between France and England. A mere 25 miles west of the Cherbourg Peninsula of France, and 80 miles south of the British coast. A steep-sided...

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Louis Vuitton, the Original Box-Maker

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 12:48 PM

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Who Was Louis Vuitton?

When one thinks of Louis Vuitton, high-end fashion generally comes to mind, but the original trade of Mr. Vuitton was as a dedicated and successful trunk maker. In his days of course, travel was a very different affair...

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It's No Longer Just Charlie, It's Dozens of Parisians Killed Tonight

(3) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 8:40 PM

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I feel sick to my stomach. The shadow of fear has returned. I'm watching the Twitter feeds and frantically switching from one news outlet to another, in a desperate search of comforting bits.

There is nothing comforting. Paris was the siege of several...

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The Wind Whisperer Sinks Steel Wings Down South

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 1:11 PM

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The River Foundation.

Arne Quinze (Queen-zé) is from Belgium, the flat country, the land of subdued colors and pastel views. Quinze is nothing like that. He is all red and blue, vibrant primary colors and striking shapes. His sculptures are monumental,...

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12 Hours to Kill in Austin, Texas

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2015 | 4:35 PM

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Having just about 12 hours to spare between two connecting flights (can you believe it? mystery of cheapo travels!), we decided to visit the hip town of Austin. Consecrated as the music capital of the country -- yes, before Nashville -- I must...

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28 Chinese in Texas.

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 3:33 PM

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Most likely, there are more than 28 citizens of the far away land in the great state of Texas, but I am referring to the name of the new art show at the Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas.

28...

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Legally Swimming Naked in Paris

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 2:02 PM

Warning: This post contains images that may not be suitable for work environments.

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What? Yes, you heard that French people are no prude, after all, they invented sunbathing in the topless mode. But this is different - this is with no tops, and...

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What it's Really like to Fly Overseas in First Class

(9) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 3:58 PM

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I'm not going to make you wait until the end of my column to tell you that it is
FANTASTIC!

As a travel writer, I don't fly first class, or even business for that matter. I pay for my fares anywhere....

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The First Aerodrome in Paris -- Where Hot-Air Balloons Came to Land -- Is Now a Hotel

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 1:27 PM

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Montgolfières -- that is how the hot-air balloons are called in French -- a noticeable more romantic name than the English one that can only remind a person that they are really standing on air when traveling in such a time-warped machine!

When...

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There is Nothing Dead in This Grandiose Former Funeral Establishment of the City of Paris.

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 4:08 PM

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Art Galore.

The 104, as it is called, spelled out in French as Le Centquatre-Paris, is a multimedia art center partly funded by the city of Paris. Located in a vast compound of gigantic halls and structures, it houses dance floors, exhibit halls,...

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How I Whizzed Through Three Airports in Wheelchairs

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 3:02 PM

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A Broken Bone.

Let me tell you a funny story - not funny as in ha ha lol, but hilarious in happenstances and implications.

Last week in Paris, on the day-before-last of my stay there before flying to the States, I broke my...

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For Two Months Each Summer, This French Gypsy Town Becomes the Capital of Art Photography

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2015 | 4:04 PM

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Land of Lavender, Music, and Photos.

The Roman city of Arles in Provence (South of France) has wonderful happenings throughout the year, but the one event that would make me move there is the summer photography festival -- a sophisticated pictorial feast.

Nestled...

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Quand Vous Voyagez Aux USA, Respectez Cette Simple Mesure.

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 9:30 PM

Pour la sécurité des enfants d'Amérique - une simple règle.

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Maintenant que le premier jour de retour à l'école est officiellement passé dans certains états, je veux vous parler de quelque chose de simple, et pourtant vital et pressant.

Une de mes plus...

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