Vivian B. Ling

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Street music reigns on the streets of Paris. This spot on the Pont St. Louis is particularly coveted, and not a day goes by without an impromptu jazz trio, barbershop quartet, or singer-songwriter gracing its gentle street.

Built in 1989 and designed by impeccably named architect I.M. Pei, the Louvre pyramid serves as the symbol of the museum and of Paris, as well as the object of many a hapless tourist’s pinching fingers.

Intricate friezes depicting everything from the grandiosity of the saints to the plight of men and their gods can be found all over Paris, such as this one at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature.

Paris, France

Vivian's adventures in Paris.

Paris: Where Balling Is Hard, and Leaving Is Harder

Paris is a needy mistress, and let’s be honest, the feeling is shamelessly requited.

Brussels Without the Bustle

It’s 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning, and Brussels is still sleeping.