Carolyne Lee

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Date registered: October 30, 2008

Latest posts

  1. The Paris Museum of Letters and Manuscripts — October 17, 2014
  2. Which ‘apps’ are best for learning French? — March 9, 2014
  3. escaping hotels — December 27, 2013
  4. no escaping Parisians — March 24, 2013
  5. no escaping crêpes, or ‘fat Tuesday’ — February 4, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. no escaping… the Paris gold ring scam — 25 comments
  2. escaping the tourist trail in Paris… — 5 comments
  3. no escaping… the red wheelbarrow bookshop in Paris — 4 comments
  4. Yes you CAN escape the queues — 3 comments
  5. Translating French bed linen… into Australian — 3 comments

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Jan 30 2009

No escaping 300,000 demonstrators


I now know what it’s like to be caught in the middle of a huge demonstration, and be unable to move. Well, almost. I was walking along the rue du Faubourg St Antoine early this afternoon, on my way to BHV when groups of demonstrators, in support of the national strike, began marching past. They …

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Jan 28 2009

Australia Day in Paris


I’ve never been a big fan of Australia Day. It’s supposed to mark the day in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip, who was the commander of the first fleet of British convict ships, arrived in Sydney. This was the start of the British invasion and occupation of what later came to be known as Australia. …

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Jan 24 2009

Finding happiness (in Paris)


All day I’ve watched from my huge windows overlooking the Place d’Aligre the torrential rain come down in ropes, and the blustering gale make life very difficult for the people who earn their living running stalls in the market below me. I ventured out briefly after breakfast as I needed fruit and vegetables, and also …

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Jan 21 2009

Escape to Lyon

We took the picture above at one of the walls a few months ago. See if you can work out which figures are me and my friends, and which are the painted people!

I’ve escaped to Lyon, my second favourite city in France. In the old part of town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or on one of the bridges of the snaking river Saone, I could be in a calmer, quieter version of Paris. At the same time, when viewed from an apartment on one of the …

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Jan 13 2009

My latest escape


I’ve ESCAPED Australia just in time—before my hometown of Melbourne experienced its first bout of real summer heat. It’s been in the high thirties (that’s Celsius) for days. Too hot to do anything. Even the trains refuse to work in this weather since their metal tracks have expanded in the extreme heat, and also many …

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Dec 27 2008

Yet another reason to ESCAPE TO PARIS


If anyone is cursing because you have to wait a couple of weeks for the winter soldes in Paris, please don’t. A supplement in the Melbourne Age newspaper today has reminded me of yet another reason to escape to France. There’s something vaguely obscene about people camping in the streets as they do in Australia …

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