Jun 06 2012

escaping the tourist trail in Paris…


Passing through Paris not long ago, on my way to Toulouse, I needed a bed for a night, and stayed in a miniscule but lovely studio in a three-storey house in a street which my Paris friends later told me they had never heard of! It also seemed that tourists hadn’t heard of it, although …

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May 09 2012

no escaping the celebration for new French President Hollande


Here are some pictures from the celebration on Sunday night of Francois Hollande winning the French presidential election. You’ve probably seen the images already, but these (except the first one) I can vouch for myself.

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Feb 25 2012

Exquisite play commemorates 150 years of Les Miserables


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


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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Feb 04 2012

escaping… your cultural identity


I often feel an affinity with the French language, and some words in particular make perfect sense to me, are more natural to me than English words. Take, for example, the verb “parler”, which is “to speak”. “I speak” is “je parle”. Of course I parle. You parles, we parlons, they parlent. There’s more onomatopoeic …

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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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