Tag Archives: Paris

Centuries to Build, Hours to Destroy: Notre-Dame de Paris

One of France’s – no, the world’s – best-loved icons, Notre-Dame de Paris, caught fire shortly before 7 pm last night. The flames quickly took hold and, although the fire brigade was quick to react, it was impossible to save … Continue reading

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Ma Vie Française # 7: Elizabeth Moore, Fulfilling a Long-Held Dream

This week, I’m delighted to welcome in my series of interviews another Francophile, who has a long-standing attachment to France. Elizabeth Moore, who writes as EJ Bauer, turned the distressing experience of illness into an opportunity by travelling from her … Continue reading

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Absinthe Friends

It’s the drink that symbolised the Bohemian culture of la Belle Epoque in late 19th  to early 20th-century Paris. It was consumed by Toulouse-Lautrec, Baudelaire and Satie, painted by Degas and Manet and immortalised in early silent films. This beverage … Continue reading

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#Paris in the Springtime #2

Here’s part 2 of the story of our first visit to Paris in 15 years. We had only three days in the capital, and so we were determined to make the most of it. Our shoe leather was definitely more … Continue reading

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Paris in the Springtime #1

People often say to us, “You must visit Paris all the time!” Actually, we’ve been there only twice as tourists in our 20 years in France, and I’ve been there for the day (!) a couple of times for work. … Continue reading

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Let’s Stub it Out!

Time for a little rant, I think: the first of 2012. Those of you who follow my blog will know that I have a bee in my bonnet about some people’s inability to dispose of their refuse correctly. My indignation was … Continue reading

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Which is the best region in France to live in?

  I should point out that this post was written in October 2010 and things might well have changed a bit since then. For up-to-date info I suggest you go to the Provemploi website. The answer is Rhône-Alpes, closely followed … Continue reading

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Maigret (actor Bruno Cremer) is dead

Bruno Cremer, the interpreter par excellence of Simenon’s Maigret on French TV, died today, reports A Writer’s Lot in France. Continue reading

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