Jan 12 2012

no escaping (French and Australian) gender roles…


by guest blogger Romana Byrne, an Australian who has been living in France since August 2011. I’ve been thinking a little about how France and Australia differ regarding gender roles, sexuality, and cultural practices, and thought I’d share this with escapetoparis readers to see what you think. Some of the most interesting cultural differences that …

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Jan 01 2012

Pont Neuf, Toulouse


Here, I am standing again on the east bank of the river Garonne, but this time on the south side of the bridge beside the first arch and below the Quai de Tounis.

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Dec 18 2011

Quai de Lucien Lombard, Toulouse


This photo in Toulouse was taken one afternoon last week as I walked beside the Garonne along the Quai de Lucien Lombard towards the Pont Neuf. It was the first really sunny day for over a week and many people sat on the quays enjoying the sun as it shone in the hazy sky of …

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Dec 05 2011

Made (to measure) in Toulouse


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)


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


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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