For readers who might be interested, here's a link to my Goodreads review of Tatiana de Rosnay's The House I Loved. I don't normally write about history or fiction, but this book moved me to write down some thoughts. It's a story of Paris in the 1860s, and obviously not directly related to travel, international education, or cultural exchange. Yet I think perhaps there's an indirect connection. It reminded me how a place we visit isn't just the scene in front of you -- in the case of Paris, the city isn't just the city you see today. To understand a place, you need to know more.
You can find out more about Tatiana de Rosnay and her other books on her author page at Goodreads.