May 22 2011

escaping… your French coat becoming a feast for the ‘clothing moth’

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As our winter in Australia is quite short (even here in Melbourne!) if compared to that of Northern European countries, our winter coats spend a lot of time in spare-bedroom wardrobes, or in storage in garages or attics. So if you buy a coat in France and bring it home (and there are gorgeous coats …

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May 13 2011

Planning my next escape…

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I will be back in Paris in September, and then on to Toulouse where I will be spending a few months working with a research team at one of the universities there, so thought I would ask guest blogger/photographer Macondo to share some of his insights into Toulouse… Carriera Tripiera is Occitan for rue Tripière, …

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Mar 30 2011

no escaping the stereotypes…

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I normally find the journalism in the UK Guardian quite acceptable, and often stimulating, so was pleased to note the other day that they were about to run a series of articles on France: ‘Welcome to France The Guardian’s four-part Europe season leaves Germany and continues this week with an in-depth look at France’.  Readers …

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Feb 13 2011

no escaping… becoming Parisian!

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With friends in town who are Francophile but NOT Francophone, where can one take then for a night out? … Olivier Giraud’s one-man show ‘How to become Parisian in one hour’.

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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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