Category Archive: General

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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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Dec 25 2008

French Christmas Song

Brigitte's Xmas tree

I’ve managed to find the words for ‘Petit Papa Noel’, and have been having great fun singing along with a French Ukelele band: C’est la belle nuit de Noël La neige étend son manteau blanc Et les yeux levés vers le ciel, A genoux, les petits enfants, Avant de fermer leurs paupières, Font une dernière …

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Dec 17 2008



I’ve just been given a wonderful Christmas present: a book called Finding France in Australia, written by two Australian francophiles, one with a French husband, and published by Melbourne company Matheson Publishing. I’ve only been looking at it for ten minutes, but already I know when and how to find French language programs on Australian …

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