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Meet Theadora

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Theadora Brack, Travel Writer 

Ever since spending her teen summers hawking balloons beneath the replica Eiffel Tower at Kings Dominion amusement park in Virginia, Theadora Brack has been obsessed with France. Happily, she later found a great way to feed that obsession as a travel writer and photographer in sight of the real Eiffel.

Combining Parisian bargain shopping advice with tantalizing historical tidbits and amazing architecture, Theadora takes her readers on a spree where they’ll get to experience “another Paris”—one that’s full of enchanting street fashions and little-known shops and eateries. With relish, she shines her bright spotlight on the city’s gossip and intimate details, while maintaining a quirky sense of fun.

Theadora also writes for the travel website Bonjour Paris.com (France Media Ltd.) and budget travel website Eurocheapo.com (Over There Interactive, Inc., New York), while her “My Life in Paris” column is a regular feature in the international magazine France Today. In February 2014, “Theadora’s Five Favorite Haunts in Paris” appeared as a chapter in the second print edition of Steve Solosky’s The Traveling Professor’s Guide to Paris.

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    • Great question, Fashion Examiner! The super skinny “C’est à ne pas oublier” notebooks are created in Japan by Marks Inc. I buy them at the Centre Pompidou. I’ll try to find an online outlet for you. Stay tuned! Theadora

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  1. Love the blog! You make me want to visit Paris NOW! I love flea market shopping and the joy of discovering a steal.

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  2. I’m glad you liked my post about the Glessner and Clarke house museums in Chicago. Your blog is great. I’ll have to review it next time I visit Paris!

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  3. hi Theadora, Thanks for “liking” my post on graffiti art in Buenos Aires. I’ll be in Paris this September and will most certainly be referring to blog on where to do shopping. Your blog if fabulous!

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    • Merci, Dream, Go, Live! I found your street art series interesting and beautiful. The graffiti art tour of Buenos Aires is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing! Et Bon Voyage! If you have questions about the arts and shopping in Paris, ask away. À bientôt! Theadora

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  4. Hi Theadora, I am so glad that we’ve discovered each other’s blogs! Thank you for enjoying my post recently and for the amazing blogging you do. I realize I am pretty biased since I love Paris and traveling in general.
    I plan to be in Europe from April till September, mainly Italy and Spain but with jaunts to Paris, Germany, and London. Perhaps we can get in touch and I can plan to run into you in Paris.
    Prends soin de toi and keep shopping!
    – Amalia

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  5. Hi Theodora, thank you for your Like on my post on our local bookstore-coffee shop. Are you planning a trip to Palawan? Great places to photograph here. Your blog is gorgeous. Makes me want to see Paris. I’ll have to send the link to my sis. She’s a Francophile.

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  6. Theadora…….This is a great blog. My name is Jennifer Wisdom- Cofie I was giving your blog information by Vivian Kelly. I am a student at the Academy of Art University and would love for you to contact me. I wanted to ask you few questions.Here is my email Jwisdomcofie@yahoo.com.

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  7. Thanks for your amazing support of my new blog jjcolourmehappy – it is hugely appreciated.
    I love your blog! If I am in Paris in the near future I will use your guide as a map. Please let me do the same for you if you are ever in New Zealand!. Cheers Jess

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    • Thanks, Jess! I’m a fan of your site. I especially loved your shots of the old Eiffel Tower and beer bottles. What pretties. Very lovely! Yes, New Zealand is on my travel list! One day soon. . . Enjoy the weekend! Theadora

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  8. Thanks for the ‘like’! I’ve only been to Paris once, but reading your blog makes me want to go again. Your pictures are amazing and you certainly provide a great inside scoop!

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    • Thanks! I’ve been enjoying following your work. Your recent story about “Garbage City” and upcycled products was very fascinating. And moving, too. Cheers! Theadora

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    • Dear Judy Judy Girl! I dig your “Another Day in Wonderland” site. Your photographs are spectacular. And your captions are always, always spot on. Love the wit. I especially enjoyed today’s “A tight squeeze.” Your “Old Friends” (poor skull!) was another favorite. Thanks for the pop-in! Theadora

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  9. Thank you so much for taking time out to send such a lovely reply ! I am flattered and most appreciate it !
    Enjoyed your Paris blog as well, wonderful background info for us fashion junkies and great photos also !!!!
    I have never in my life had a sandwich any better than a baguette from a street vendor in Paris , my mouth was watering looking at that Fromage sandwich ! Keep up the good work and carry on ! I’m coming along for the ride !
    JJG

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  10. Hi Theadora. I LOVE your blog, the photographs especially. So jealous that your writing from Paris! You make me want to do the same for Sydney 🙂

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    • Ah, thanks! Your site is pretty fab, too. I loved the shot of the big cat window-shopping. “Retail Therapy” was the perfect title. I’ll try to dig up the name of photographer. Maybe it was a series?! I’ll keep you posted. Cheers! Theadora

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  11. Thanks for liking my recent post… we have two more trips to Paris planned this year so I will be reading your fabulous blog. You are giving me great ideas for things to show my Mum on her first ever visit to Paris in June 🙂

    Cheers, Paige.

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  12. Hi Theadora … thanks for visiting my blog “Eyes to Heart” and liking my post “Walk on by …” … Your blog looks really interesting. I LOVE Paris and would like to go back some day. And Morbier Fermier is one of my favourite cheeses … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

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    • Thanks, Tammy! Enjoy your trip. Feel free to ask questions! Theadora (By the way, I enjoyed your “Window Shopping” post. I agree. It’s all about easy, breezy presentation.)

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    • Thanks! By the way, I’ve been enjoying your “fashion icon” series. Schiaparelli! Sophia Loren! Loved the S-L quote you picked. “A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” Great quote. Bravo! Theadora

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    • Your site is a beauty! Words and photographs are captivating. I especially enjoyed your story about transitions and jet lag. The top detail shot of the fingers and your last line played well together. Cheers! Theadora

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  14. Hello, Theadora! Thank you for “liking” my blog post: Croque Madame: An Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich. 🙂

    I’ve quickly perused “People, Places and Bling!” and I am now following your blog. It’s amazing… all the way around.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Hi Brigette! I love your “Dance with Delicious” site! There’s a song about the “Croque Madame” sandwich. I picked up the little record at the Porte de Vanves Flea Market years ago. Have you heard of it? The cover art is adorable! I’ll keep looking for it! Theadora

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      • Thanks, Theadora! No… I have not heard the croque madame song! I’d love to, though. I’ll look for it as well.

        Hope you’re having a great day. =)

        ~B

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    • Thank you, Allison! I completely your “Petals and Pond” post. So very dreamy!! Magical. I loved the way you played with the sunlight, along with the pond’s ripples and reflection. Exquisite! Enjoy the week! Theadora

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    • Merci!! I’ve been enjoying your site. I especially liked your post on writers and envy.

      I loved the line you snipped from Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” film: “If it’s bad, I’ll hate it because I hate bad writing,” Hemingway explains. “If it’s good, I’ll be envious and hate it all the more. You don’t want the opinion of another writer.”

      Moveable Feast for Thought, indeed.

      Thanks!
      Theadora

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  15. what a stunning blog, keep threatening to go back to Paris, we would move to France tomorrow if we could… great blog 🙂

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  16. Thanks so much for liking several of my recent posts, Theodora! Always a pleasure to visit this site. Putting Paris on our wish list! 🙂

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  17. I love the flea market article btw…..I spend a lot of time in such places. Clutter gives my imagination a stir . My collectibles come and go in phases……usually ending up being recycled again…….Possible that fleamarkets some sort of cosmic metaphor.

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    • Thank you! I agree! The flea markets are my muses! I’m currently collecting old fragrance bottles and carnival chalkware dogs. For the love of mana, I embrace the minor chips and scratches. I firmly believe that yesteryear’s wear-n-tear adds value! Theadora

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  18. what a super cool blog (thanks for “liking” mine, btw) — my hub is from belgium and we travel back every summer w/side trips to france (paris/provence) — will keep this blog close! mind if i “pin” some of your great photos (w/photo credit, of course)?

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    • Thanks! I thoroughly enjoyed your Johnathan Adler post. What gorgeous rooms! Adding the book to my reading list. And yes, his quote: “I believe good design creates good moods” is oh, so tee-worthy! Theadora

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  19. Hi Theadora,
    Thanks for stopping by my Blog, it’s greatly appreciated. I look forward to seeing you again there. I adore Paris it’s one of my favorite places on the planet. I have been there now about 6 times I think and every time it’s a new for me. I was just there for the weekend in January.

    Thanks again
    Scott

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    • Hi Scott, Yes, I dig your “Travel with Scott” site. I especially liked your recent “Buses, Palace’s and Bull’s” post. From top to bottom, it was a beauty! Cheers, Theadora

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    • Thanks, Rich! The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 101st Annual Exhibition looks very interesting. I love both the “Cross” and “Jessie.” What beauties! Bravo, Theadora

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  20. Theodora, you’re always liking my posts. Thank you 🙂
    Im glad to have a photographer/writer liking my posts. I myself want to be a writer, and adore photography. Loving the Paris series 🙂

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  22. SHE LIVES…………………………….. I have missed you!!!!!!!!!!! Saw you just stopped by my Chef Emil blog………XXXOOO The Tin Man

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    • Hello!! Nice to hear from you. Congratulations on the tenth chapter. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying reading about the journey. It’s all about the process! Reading your posts is very much like visiting an artist’s studio. Here’s to more summertime flow and gel!! t.

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    • Great to hear from you, Anita! Thanks so much for link. I appreciate it. I’ll check out your story today. I’m looking forward to it. Very cool!! Theadora

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    • Hello, Young Theresa!! Thanks for your thoughtful words. Oh, yes. I loved your description. Heck, truth be BOLD: I also really, really loved your tribute “nod” to my favorite singer-musician Bob Dylan. It was a beauty!! Merci!! Theadora

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      • And your words always make me smile! I loved today’s work: “bright bold color leaves, meadows of wild flowers, box of sharp crayons.” Lovely!! T.

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    • Well. Goodness. Gracious. Sugar pops!! Thank you for the super “Sweet” shout-out. Sugary works in my book. Merci!! T. (And congratulations to you. I’m digging the brand-spanking-new name. You can’t go wrong with tea-timing pirates!!)

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  26. Hi Theadora,

    So enjoy reading your blog and wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger award. If this is a blogger activity that you do not participate in there is no expectation to follow through. Just enjoy the well-deserved promo! Take Care, Thea

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    • I know! I know! The Ravens won thanks to the Tin Man!! Didn’t you visit Baltimore twice last year?! YES. The game was a nail biter! T. (The Ravens also won the Superbowl in 2001. Thanks to dramatic lighting, the entire city turned purple. It was a gorgeous sight!! I wrote this comment yesterday but it disappeared. Strange!)

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  27. I love shopping too! My blog is dedicated to shopping in India 🙂 Your blog is wonderful…I look forward to following you…

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    • Hello there! Again, thanks for your kind words! I love your site, by the way! As a shopping guru, do you have a favorite shopping hood, boutique or grand magasin in Paris?! Theadora

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      • Last time I was in Paris I stayed in Marais. The shops were divine there. One day I walked from Marais to the Bon Marche store and the boutiques along this route were amazing.

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      • I got a divine tiny carved buddha on a string of liberty ribbon at a tiny boutique (sorry I have forgotten the boutiques name). I also got some gorgeous knickers at Princesse Tam Tam 🙂

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      • OH. YES. I’m also a fan of Princesse Tam Tam! I’ve spent many hours and pretty pennies there on knickers! Oh, la la. T.

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  28. Dearest Theodora
    The Dandy is intrigued, entranced and delighted in equal measure to have come across your most splendid site.
    Replete as it is with recommendations for choses a faire in Thr City of Light, I am sure that one shall become a regular in these parts.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

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    • Dear Monsieur Perfumed Dandy, If I knew you were coming, I would have baked you a Betty Crocker cake with whipped cream and strawberries on top. Thank you for such drop-dead gorgeous words. And as you know, I am devoted fan of your fragrant prose. Your reviews and spray-by-spray stories always give me pleasure. Merci! Enjoy the week! Theadora

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  29. Hi want to make you aware of the Natalie Barney birthday celebration on the 31st. Go to Suzannestroh’s site google it she is interviewing several experts on Natalie and her circle in Paris in the 20s–it will cover the new translation of Natalie’s erotic novel. The site will open at 2:00 Eastern USA. You should find it amusing with much grist for the mill.

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    • Merci, TTP! By the way, I feel the same way about your travel site. Beautiful, informative, always, always interesting! It’s true. I especially loved the recent shot of the wooden sign (Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain). Along with the Rumi quote: “As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.” Lovely! T.

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  30. Hey, Can you tell me just what is the best time to visit Paris with my wife please……Graham, Yourhobby…..

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    • Thanks, Joe! The feeling is mutual. 🙂 As you know, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying your writing. I especially how you kicked-off your recent “Progress” post. Theadora (Enjoy the week!)

      Life is a mystery
      As we live and create history
      You are on the right track
      When you find synchronicity

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  34. Bonjour amazing Theadora! I’ve been carrying around the article you wrote for France Today about Palais Garnier. We’re kindred spirits girl. I sat under the dome today + reread your article…even popped an Altoid at the mention of a mint. You’re a fabulous writer. Am so glad to have discovered your blog. Merci!! I mentioned you on my blog http://www.facebook.com/glittertheglobe

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    • Dear David, Thanks for your message! I’ve got the perfect bar for you. Over the weekend, I’ll dig-up the address for you. Located in Abbesses-Montmartre, it’s old-school. It’s affordable. It’s packed with locals, always. Stay tuned! ~Theadora

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  35. Oh Theadora I do hope you are alive and well after these terrible attacks on Paris!! 11/13/2015. I am so sorry this has happened in your beautiful country. Hugs to you and all the good people in Paris.

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  36. @”Kings Dominion amusement park in Virginia…” – holy Molly, Théa: I was there many years ago… 🙂
    * * *
    P.S. I’m gonna return to Frisco very soon… 😉 love, hugs & bisous… ❤

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    • Lucky you!! I’m green with jealousy. I’m already looking forward to your dispatch and photographs. I thoroughly enjoyed your dispatches from Japan. Big Hugs!! ~T.

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  37. Does anyone else who travels a great deal, not returning ‘home’ for years at a time, ever start thinking their lives are boring? Do you catch yourself looking out the window thinking “Oh woe is me”? …when you’re actually in Bangkok…or Dallas… London, Singapore, Denpassar….or Paris?” Whatever the location I find myself in I keep having to pinch myself that this fantasy life is real. I have ‘boring days’ sometimes in Bangkok where I’m living, and then I think…OMG…what is the alternative…..a office routine and a house in some suburb? The horror …the horror. Recently I have been writing a series of articles revealing the exploitation of Asian women by aging Western perverts….proud to say I’m receiving lots of hate mail….from the perverts.

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