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Once more unto the beach...

Wednesday, 22 Jul 2009 | Views [885]

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

Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Allons, enfants ...

Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [1332]

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!

Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | Views [1199]

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 ...

Tuesday, 23 Jun 2009 | Views [1121]

* 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

Monday, 22 Jun 2009 | Views [1257] | 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...

Thursday, 11 Jun 2009 | Views [938] | 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

Thursday, 11 Jun 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Spring sprung in chic Paris

Thursday, 4 Jun 2009 | Views [1923] | 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

Friday, 29 May 2009 | Views [943] | 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

Thursday, 28 May 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Lunch at Joel's gaff

Monday, 20 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

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

Friday, 10 Apr 2009 | Views [1264] | 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...

Friday, 10 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

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

Thursday, 2 Apr 2009 | Views [1069] | 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

Saturday, 28 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

Parisian scam
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More rabbit than Watership Down

Sunday, 22 Mar 2009 | Views [1033] | Comments [3]

Mes amis, je suis desole. Vraiment I am.   A combination of a few days in the UK seeing the family, problems getting online while there, and general lassitude on my part have led to a prolonged absence from the blogosphere and an egregious failure ... Read more >

Tags: eating, food, france, lapin, rabbit, recipe, uk

Gallery: Surreal Paris

Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

A new look at Paris
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Paris, poo, Popsi and Paddy

Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | Views [1560] | Comments [1]

Just a few thoughts regarding living in Paris ... where O where does all the shit come from? On one of my irregular morning runs around the Ile Saint Louis this morning I spent more time dancing around the little – and not so little - piles of dog poo ... Read more >

Tags: dog shit, lapin, market, paris, photographs, popsi st bubblehead, rabbit, rue de rivoli, st gervais

Gallery: Paris eludes me and other tosh

Friday, 20 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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