scout paris 
 
I love this quote because it's so true...even for a young woman!

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. --Ernest Hemingway
 
 
The incredibly imaginative Guerlain pop-up store on the Champs-Elysees may have closed its doors, but the impression it left on those who appreciate the best in visual merchandising (I am included in this group) will last much longer. It appears to me that Guerlain was trying to reach a younger audience with the store's modern decor. The displays were designed to be more user friendly with low counters, well-lit and easy to see merchandise, and self-serve vanity tables where customers were encouraged to test the makeup at their leisure. See for yourself....
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The Guerlain pop-up store
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Lipstick Carousel: The ribbon makes the lipstick pop on a simple round table.
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On display: The light box highlights the products perfectly.
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A bubble gum pink vanity table for testing makeup.
 
 
Last summer, I took a trip to the Jura--home to Comte cheese, trees, mountains, and waterfalls. The cold winter weather has made me nostalgic for this lovely adventure where I was taken out of my comfort zone to experience another way of life. But, it wasn't because I needed to get out of Paris for a little fresh country air. However, it did feel nice to breathe in crisp mountain air for a bit.

The purpose of this trip was for a graduate course Food, Culture, and Communications at the American University of Paris. We spent the week applying what we learned about gastronomy in France by seeing firsthand how Comte cheese is produced in the Jura Mountains. Our itinerary included a trip to a dairy farm to learn about Comte cheese production by an incredible group of local farmers. Professor Christy Shields planned the perfect trip for her students.

I have so much more of an appreciation for locally produced food and the people who have dedicated their lives to its authenticity and quality. It was a pretty inspiring week to be out in the fresh air, getting closer to nature, and relishing local cuisine.
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The cows were so warm and friendly to this city girl!
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Dairy farmer Taz talks about daily life on the farm.
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Fifi--a Comte cheese maker is hard at work.
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Comte is aged to perfection
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A Comte cheese tasting
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Homemade blueberry tart
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Lunch at Grapiot
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A hike through the woods--impressive tree roots. And, I love my friend's blue flats...The perfect walking shoes!
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Wow!
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The city girl embracing the country...