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I have a vivid memory from my early childhood. On Sundays my father would put my brother and me in the back of his white van where we were ready to hide under a cover in case the police stopped us. We would pick up our paternal grandmother in the nearby...

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Larousse defines a "faire-part" as a printed letter informing of a family event such as birth, marriage and death. I have no idea what you say in Danish, as this is something that has fallen completely out of use, if it was ever used. I remember when...

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In November 2010 Hermes opened a flag store in rue de Sèvres next to Hotel Lutetia. I would probably never have ventured into such a shop on my own, but today I was on a guided walk along rue de Raspail, and my guide, an architect, told us the story and...

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Since a month I have become one of those women who rush off to the fitness club at lunchtime. This was also my life style before I came to France 9 years ago. Everywhere I have lived, I have been a member of a fitness club: Denmark, Germany, Venezuela...

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Last Sunday, after more than a month living in the 14th arrodissement, I crossed the line, that is the railway line, into the 15th arrondissement. I had heard about a park named after Georges Brassens and wanted to check it out. I imagined that the park...

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What do a metro station in Marseille, Napoleon Bonaparte and a Swedish king have in common? Well, the answer is Desirèe Clary. Today I drove about 80 kms north of Paris into the region of Picardie where the castle in Compiègne is worth a visit. Well,...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

There is Boris Yeltsin. And there is Boris Becker. And then there is Boris Vian. Perhaps you are like me who vaguely remembers a poem/song read in French class in secondary school, which I later on happily played on my guitar? link Monsieur le Président...

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Did anybody ever read The Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, see excerpt: link ? Part of the story takes place in Chartres where the female main character visits the labyrinth in the Cathedral and witnesses some rather bizarre events in the basement of an old stone...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris