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Beautiful Black Paris

Paris. Full glamour & romance, there is a lot more to this infamous destination then the clichés we are brought up to believe. Paris happens to be one of the most diverse cities in the world with thousands of immigrants from Asia, South America & Africa. I had always been taught to perceive Paris as an untouchable, conservative, white-only society. When I arrived, I was surprised to find a large population of African descent with an indelible sense of style and grace.

During my month long stay in Paris, I was surprised by a few thought-provoking cultural differences. Unlike America, France isn't allowed to collect information pertaining race, only information regarding an individual's birth country. As a result, there is no accurate count of African immigrants living in France. When I met other young blacks, they referred to themselves as French first, as there is no such term as Afro American or African French. When walking down the streets of Paris, I would always receive a warm smile, nod or conversation, something starkly different from where I came from. In Los Angeles, in the same scenario, eyes of African Americans I'd cross paths with would be diverted in other directions. These black Parisians never made me feel like I was alone.[gallery ids="652,663,665,653,664"]

Along with the difference in culture, I discovered some amazing things to do (other than visit the Eiffel Tower). Follow this list for an amazing way to view of the city of love!

1. Versailles. Here you will find an incredibly glamorous palace filled with art, parisian pool sized ponds and magical gardens. If you've seen the movie Marie Antoinette, you should definitely visit. For those who haven't seen the movie, watch it and then go visit (ha!). This palace is located right out of Paris and with just a hop on the metro you can get there in just under an hour.

Top 5 Attractions To See And Visit When Staying At Derby Hotels

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Derby is a splendid place to stay when you are on the doorstep to the magnificent Peak District, which is the most central city in the UK. There are so many excellent reasons that you should make Derby your next place to visit and stay at one of the many Derby hotels in the county for an amazing getaway. Of course, you may keep coming back again and again since there is so much to do and see in Derby. So below is a roundup of top 5 of attractions in Derby that you must go and see if you ever end up staying at one of the hotels in the county.

The world’s largest collection of paintings by Joseph Wright is housed inside the Derby Museum & Art Gallery, along with a huge collection of interesting treasures, such as an Egyptian Mummy. No doubt that Joseph Wright is amongst the most exciting and innovative 18th century artist. Some of the best-kept artefacts and treasures of Derby also housed in the museum, such as a huge display of a variety of porcelain, including the Royal Crown Derby. A temporary exhibition space is also available there.

Cathedral Quarter is probably the most unique quality destination for shopping in Derby. The historical streets, with the entire area dotted with arcades and hidden entrances, provide a pleasurable environment. This makes it an exciting and truly unique place to shop. There are also plenty of market traders and stores in Cathedral Quarter that specialise in a very wide range of produce, both fresh and local, which makes it a chef’s paradise. It is also a really friendly destination for families looking for Derby restaurants to fill their stomachs.

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