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Keith Austin: When the world is your lobster Stories from a former Travel Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald.

On The Road Again..

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009 | Views [846] | Comments [1]

"Davy's on the road again Wearin' different clothes again.." Who WAS that? Blue Oyster Cult? REO Speedwagon? Manfred Mann's Earthband? Whatever, as we say here in America; it pretty much describes where we are pretty succinctly - on the road ... Read more >

Tags: america, bus, death valley, grand canyon, greyhound, las vegas., road trip, usa


Cheque, mate, in the US of A

USA | Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | Views [872]

I’m writing this in the back of an SUV on the way back to Fort Lauderdale from the Florida Keys. A wet and sultry tropical storm is passing overhead and a passing SunCruz Casino sign says Florida has the loosest slots. There is a Burger King and ... Read more >


Once more unto the beach...

FRANCE | Wednesday, 22 Jul 2009 | Views [745]

MANY thanks, Lufthansa, for telling me that you couldn’t find my son on your manifests because he had somehow got his tickets from United Airlines. Despite being on Lufthansa flight LH 565 from Ghana to Frankfurt and a further Lufthansa flight from ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, beer, el bulli, keith austin, paris, plage, popsi bubblehead, spain, summer, voie georges pompidou


Gallery: Bastille Day

FRANCE | Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Allons, enfants ...

FRANCE | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [1178]

Saw an interesting sign at the Science Park in Paris’s 19e the other day (see thumbnail accompanying this update). It’s basically a Lost And Found office but it was the literal translations that struck me. In French it’s ‘Objets Trouves’ – Objects Found;... Read more >

Tags: bastille day, fireworks, france, parc de la villette, paris


A Euro star!

FRANCE | Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | Views [1067]

THERE was an advertising slogan in Britain many years ago which urged people to ‘Let the train take the strain’. That was in the supposedly good old days of British Rail, Intercity, and a nationalised train network, of course. That slogan, though, ... Read more >

Tags: beauvais, eurostar, france, girona, glasgow, paris, popsi bubblehead, prestwick, scotland, trains


Fete de la Musique, wine and cassoulet ...

FRANCE | Tuesday, 23 Jun 2009 | Views [993]

* My quest to make cassoulet here in Paris has to be deemed a failure. While expat Australian author John Baxter, who has lived here for 20 years, might have been a bit of a purist for insisting that cassoulet had to be cooked in a wood-fired oven he ... Read more >

Tags: bastille, bongo drums, cassoulet, fete de la musique, hotel de ville, lozere, marais, market, paris, wine


Mona and Me ... the question of souvenirs

FRANCE | Monday, 22 Jun 2009 | Views [1091] | Comments [2]

With mere weeks left until the end of our six-month sojourn in Paris – hang on, didn’t we just arrive? – thoughts have turned to the question of souvenirs. This is a somewhat vexed question if the truth to be told as the only souvenirs I’ve picked ... Read more >

Tags: berlin wall, berlusconi, eiffel tower, elvis, michael jackson, mona lisa, notre dame, paris, sacre coeur, souvenirs


Strolling along the Bois de Boulogne...

FRANCE | Thursday, 11 Jun 2009 | Views [806] | Comments [1]

SPRING sprang in Paris and then sprang right away again; we’ve experienced the first prolonged period of persistent pluie since arriving four and a half months ago and although the rain has stopped it’s left behind cloudy blue skies and a cold wind.... Read more >


Gallery: Bois de Boulogne

FRANCE | Thursday, 11 Jun 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Spring sprung in chic Paris

FRANCE | Thursday, 4 Jun 2009 | Views [1765] | Comments [2]

RECENTLY we have been concerned with the question of ‘chicness’. As in the age-old dilemma of whether the French actually are more chic than anyone else, or is it one of those self-fulfilling prophecies? Certainly the chap strolling the Marais ... Read more >

Tags: chic, fashion, jimmy choo, notre dame, paris, popsi bubblehead, scooters, spring, stiletto, tourists


A Walk Back In Time

FRANCE | Friday, 29 May 2009 | Views [817] | Comments [2]

Back in the 70s the manager of a pub in Hackney Road, east London (The Queens, I seem to recall – now a sari shop or a sports shoe wholesaler or somesuch), leaned close and, through the crashing wall of Philadelphia Sound being pumped by DJ Blossom ... Read more >

Tags: keith austin, latin quarter, paris, st germain des pres, st severin, st sulpice, walks


Gallery: Paris walk

FRANCE | Thursday, 28 May 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Eat Up At Robuchon

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 20 Apr 2009 | Views [1894] | Comments [4]

We are all prisoners of our prejudices at times. We can try to combat them but . . . for instance, have you ever driven past one of those Classical revivalist McMansions and wondered what it looked like inside? How surprised would you be if it was ... Read more >

Tags: eat up, food, joel robuchon, la table, paris, pets, pigs trotters, popsi bubblehead, review, smoking


Gallery: Lunch at Joel's gaff

FRANCE | Monday, 20 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

The Menu Club at Robuchon's
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Pet hates....

FRANCE | Friday, 10 Apr 2009 | Views [1137] | Comments [1]

So here we are, on a fast train out of Paris’s Gare de Lyon, and the fun has already started. The blonde woman across the aisle has a little Yorkshire terrier in her handbag. Next to that, in a sort of pseudo sports bag with mesh sides, she has a fluffy ... Read more >

Tags: clermont-ferrand, hotel de ville, lozere, paris, pets, venice


Gallery: Pet hates...

FRANCE | Friday, 10 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

By train to the Lozere
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In a bit of a stew...

FRANCE | Thursday, 2 Apr 2009 | Views [954] | Comments [1]

Cassoulet – a sort of southern French bean stew with sausages and duck - is my next culinary task. Many years ago Popsi Bubblehead’s sister, who lives in the Lozere region of southern France, gave me a large vacuum-sealed jar of the stuff and I have ... Read more >

Tags: arrondissement, au bon st. porcain, cassoulet, food, france, john baxter, lozere, spinach, wolves


Gallery: The Ring Bearers

FRANCE | Saturday, 28 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

Parisian scam
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Be careful, Frodo

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 28 Mar 2009 | Views [816]

Having just finished watching the three Lord of the Rings movies again it’s a good time to mention that The Ring Bearers of Paris continue to ply their wares. Every time we go anywhere near The Louvre there will be two or three of these women – seemingly ... Read more >

Tags: louvre, musee dorsay, notre dame, paris, ring bearers


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