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


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Once more unto the beach...

FRANCE | Wednesday, 22 Jul 2009 | Views [760]

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

Allons, enfants ...

FRANCE | Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | Views [1189]

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 [1078]

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 [1010]

* 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 [1106] | 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

Spring sprung in chic Paris

FRANCE | Thursday, 4 Jun 2009 | Views [1777] | 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 [826] | 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

Eat Up At Robuchon

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 20 Apr 2009 | Views [1911] | 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

Pet hates....

FRANCE | Friday, 10 Apr 2009 | Views [1147] | 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

Be careful, Frodo

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 28 Mar 2009 | Views [820]

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

Paris, poo, Popsi and Paddy

FRANCE | Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | Views [1460] | 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

Pictures of Paris ... or not

FRANCE | Friday, 20 Feb 2009 | Views [635] | Comments [3]

No sooner had we touched down in Paris than a medical emergency at home necessitated a quick trip to London.   And quick it was; the Eurostar train takes just over two hours to speed from the Gare du Nord to Kings Cross St Pancras. Central Paris to ... Read more >

Tags: eurostar, paris, photographs

Train, train do not go away

FRANCE | Saturday, 7 Feb 2009 | Views [1077]

How many times have you heard that people, when they arrive at a new destination, want to “experience” the place like the locals do? They want to eat where the locals eat, drink where the locals drink ... it’s an obsession, and a ridiculous one. ... Read more >

Tags: croissants, keith austin, paris, popsi bubblehead, prices, tourism, tourists, trains, venice

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