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Sidonie Sawyer
Franco-American Sidonie Sawyer is a hybrid journalist, writer, editor, blogger, photographer and is always inspired by the ocean. Born, raised and educated in Paris, she 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 about to embark on a new start-up marketing agency as a senior writer. She is passionate about archaeology and the origin of man, opera dance and road trips. She is a world traveler having who has visited five continents with a preference for Australia and Afghanistan, but always has 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

Fireball, I'm On Fire -- and the Beat Goes On!

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 3:35 PM


Today I took my first Zumba class. A sea of 35 eager participants was getting psyched up when the tiny teacher began the music. Latin groove and dancing beats only want to make you move your feet.

As a former ballet dancer (...

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She Dreamed of Africa -- And Then She Was Sent There

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 12:04 PM

402 Days Done, 402 Left to Go.

My daughter joined the Peace Corps last year, right after graduating from college in Florida, with an International Affairs degree. She wants to be a diplomat. After having trekked the World with me during her childhood, she was still dreaming of Africa: the...

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Stop Calling It Bastille Day!

(26) Comments | Posted July 11, 2015 | 1:59 PM


When I arrived in the States, around my first month of July in New York, people were talking to me and asking me about Bastille Day.

And I was like: "What is Bastille Day?"

I was familiar with La Bastille in Paris,...

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10 Secrets for Successful Selling on eBay

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2015 | 3:27 PM

We all have too much "stuff" in our wardrobe, closets and lives. Sometimes we want to throw it all away. But you can have fun and recoup a few dollars if you use eBay's platform to sell online.

If you have an email and Paypal accounts, you're already half way...

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I Am Addicted to Goodwill

(49) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 3:17 PM

When I moved to the United States, I discovered a gold mine. Several in fact. I was in awe of my revelations -- I could not believe my eyes!

The concept of thrift stores does not really exist in Paris. There are a few places where you can buy vintage...

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The Magnificent Leftovers of the Roman Empire in France.

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 4:34 PM

The Romans were master architects. We know that, we have many tangible testaments left to prove it. Their structures still stand sometimes intact in various spots in Europe. We can almost wonder what they and the Egyptians had on our architects, to have made buildings and other constructions to withstand...

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Do's and Don'ts According to Parisian Principles, and Other Little Things to Know so You Don't Make an Ass of Yourself, Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 3:31 PM

A Few Tips.

On the food subject, when ordering in a restaurant, be aware that the first course is called entrée; the main dish is le plat principal, and the dessert is le déssert; so when in America, you see the word entrée as the main dish, it's just simply...

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Do's and Don'ts According to Parisian Principles - Plus Other Little Things to Know so You Don't Make an Ass of Yourself. Part One.

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2015 | 1:13 PM

Wecome to Paris.

Chances are you will look like tourists. Americans in Paris often take their country with them in small but perceptible ways, sometimes laughable, sometimes quite embarrassing. Allow me to point out here a few things to help you navigate in a new city, and save you from...

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Why Would a Parisian Try an Airbnb in Paris?

(3) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 4:06 PM

Paris in the almost-spring.

For this past trip home to Paris, we decided to try renting an apartment, since too many of us would be visiting my eldest daughter and my son at the same time, and we felt that nobody had enough couch space for us all to fit....

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The Mona Lisa Stolen By Museum Worker!

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 12:51 AM

La Joconde.

The familiar face with the soft smile is a work of art etched into our very knowledge as the image of a classic painting vaguely reminiscent of a mother, a wife, a sister -- but with no definite certainty, and a sense of the absurd feeling that she...

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Better Than Food Truck: An Amazing Lunch Box System

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 1:40 PM

We all dream of homemade cooking and artisan recipes, but most of us at lunch have ridiculously bland choices such as fast food chains and generic restaurants. Food trucks have improved this scenario for some years now, but still nothing beats Mom's simple meals or your own cooking done the...

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Do You Need a Country? Here is One!

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 8:15 PM

Should you ever find yourself stateless, a new little country called Liberland might just take you in. Celebrating its independence May 10, we say good for you! Have many happy returns! Not sure at this time the intended celebration is for the independence from which country - but let's celebrate...

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I Love Fleas - No, Not That Kind, the Parisian Flea Markets!

(3) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 8:02 PM

Ok, yes, les Puces means the fleas. But how many fleas have you seen in flea markets? Most likely none. In Paris, going daily or weekly to the markets for fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads, meat, flowers and all sorts of food is a ritual very cherished, as nothing beats the...

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How, When and Where to Shop for Bargains in Paris

(2) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 9:29 PM

Every time I return from Paris with a suitcase full of clothes and shoes, my friends marvel at how I can afford to shop in Paris. So let me tell you a few of my little secrets. I am not wealthy and I do not spend tons of money when...

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A Père-Lachaise Story With Sexual Innuendo

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:28 PM

Jim Morrison.

"Here, here, it's here! I found it, watch me waving my arms!" as I finally walked upon the most visited stone head in the world, after erring for 30 minutes.

We have been looking for the tomb of Jim Morrison (singer of the Doors, who...

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The New Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris Displays Absolutely Zero Monogrammed Bags.

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 1:40 PM

Louis Vuitton Foundation.

My son lamented "Mom, why do we have to go see a place with ugly LV bags and couture clothes?"

"Son", I replied, "the Fondation Louis Vuitton is an art museum."

Located just at the Paris/Neuilly city limits in a marvelous childrens' garden, the newly...

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Sharks in the Pool? Check! Sisters Made of Stone? Check! This Is Still Australia

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 8:42 PM

The beach, mate, yeah.

Final week in Australia and we don't want to leave! This trip has been one of the most joyous in my life and I already miss the wildlife and the sound of "Hello mates!"

After climbing the infamous Sydney Harbor Bridge, taking in...

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Floridians in Sydney, What Are the Odds?

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 4:31 PM

Farewell to Kangaroo Island

We said goodbye to all the wallabies, seals, penguins, koalas, birds and kangaroos we had met for a week on this island of dreams. We walked one last time on our beach at Penneshaw, where we met a naked horse carrying a tiny dog on its...

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Oh! To Pet the Pilous Puffy Paunch of a Peaceful Pachydermal Pinniped Parked by the Purple Pebbles

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 10:30 AM

The Koalas

The koalas of Kangaroo Island (South Australia) are very slow, just like all koalas. But these are quite motionless, as they have no predators; nobody is out to eat them. They hang in eucalyptus trees until all leaves are gone, and when they finish one tree, they...

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I Resisted Putting My Bra in the Oven (Our Beloved Australian Saga)

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 6:33 PM

The Wardrobe.

After losing all of our clothing to a bunch of wild wallabies on Kangaroo Island -but only because of our own fault of course, how can we blame the charming marsupials in our yard? - the lady of the house called from Adelaide to say that...

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