Category Archive: Tourist information

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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Feb 10 2011

no escaping… capitalism, except perhaps (juste un peu) in France…

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A friend from London says she often hears her compatriots complaining (presumably after visiting France), ‘Why can’t France be more capitalist? You have to go to about five different shops to buy your headache tablets, your newspaper, your fish, your groceries, and your bread. It’s so inconvenient.’  The people who say this must be taking …

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Feb 02 2011

Yes you CAN escape the queues

I usually write about Paris as if all readers are familiar with it, know where to go, where to stay, have friends to visit who can show them around, and so on.  But what if it’s your first time? If I think back to my first time here, it was spent in great confusion, not …

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