Carolyne Lee

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Date registered: October 30, 2008
URL: http://escapetoparis.com

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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Feb 25 2012

Exquisite play commemorates 150 years of Les Miserables

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In a small, unpretentious theatre near the Bastille, this week I witnessed one of the most sublime theatrical experiences of my life: the story of Juliette Drouet, muse and lover for fifty years of France’s greatest writer, Victor Hugo. All but ignored or forgotten in most official histories, Juliette exchanged with Victor 23,000 letters over their fifty-year love affair, letters which writer and actress Anthea Sogno has mined in order to produce this exquisite and historically accurate play. Sogno herself gives a spellbinding and often very funny performance of Drouet.

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Feb 15 2012

no escaping… the Paris gold ring scam

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I’d heard a bit about this scam but had never seen it, nor have I had it done to me. But the other day, while passing near the Louvre, I saw a couple a few metres in front of me, with a tall man just to the side of them picking up what looked like a gold ring. ‘Aha,’ I thought, ‘this looks interesting.’ Sure enough, the man offered it to the male of the couple who shook his head,

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Jan 13 2012

no escaping… the red wheelbarrow bookshop in Paris

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After so many visits to Paris during the soldes, I didn’t think I could get very excited about them anymore. But today I discovered that my favourite English bookstore in Paris, The Red Wheelbarrow, at 22 rue Saint Paul, in the 4th arrondissement (phone: 01 48 04 75 08), is having a very serious sale …

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Dec 05 2011

Made (to measure) in Toulouse

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Every week here in Toulouse brings me a new discovery: a tiny shop with the créatrice (designer) sitting at her sewing maching in the middle of it, making brooches and bags, a mercerie (haberdashery) selling exquisite ribbons and buttons, a new walk along a quai where you think you are in Venice, a string of …

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Oct 31 2011

Escaping… solitude (with cheese)

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I’ve written before about how French customs help to generate social capital, a term from sociology, signifying interaction among individuals who are friendly towards one another, and who give each other mutual assistance, such as conversation, company,  or congenial contact of any type. This concept has really been brought home to me again since I …

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Sep 11 2011

no escaping funky French cushions

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I’ve mentioned before how Melbourne must surely be home to the highest per capita number of Francophiles in the world, and therefore has the highest number of French-themed shops, or shops selling French-themed items. Usually, the items are genuinely French, and of a good quality, even if they can be obtained more cheaply in Paris. …

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