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A free invitation that came with the business paper that I dutifully skim through every day at work is as good a reason as any to go to an event. I would admittedly not have gone to this particular event, if I had had to pay my way, but on this rainy...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Who hasn't put intimate thoughts onto paper in a secret diary? I remember being 13 or 14 and thinking that life was so cruel because my parents were unfair, because my best friend had betrayed me, and because I had a pimple on forehead the day I had my...

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For a Frenchman Bercy probably refers to either the Ministry of Finance and Industry or to the nearby sports/concert complex, but it is actually an area delimited by the Seine to the south, the Ministry of Finance and Industry to the west, the railway...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Have you ever noticed that there is an island in the Seine where Neuilly-sur-Seine ends and La Défense begins? I hadn't until yesterday as you don't see it from metro line 1 that takes you to La Défense. This island is a green heaven with the rather uninspired...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Since Monday every second counts. At least when it comes to the time given to the 10 presidential candidates on French TV and radio. The second part of the presidential campaign began on 9 April, and since then there are strict rules to adhere to. This...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

On this rainy Easter Monday people in Paris seemed to have chosen to seek shelter in the city's many excellent art museums. Since there were several exhibitions at the Louvre that I had not seen, I headed for the world's most visited museum to see two...

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No other village is as closely connected to Jean Cocteau as Milly-la-Fôret. I first heard of Jean Cocteau when in 2003 my then boyfriend showed me a drawing in a frame hanging next to his bed: an original drawing by Jean Cocteau showing a man with two...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

When the alarm clock rang this Saturday morning at 6 a.m. I regretted having decided to spend the day in Amiens, but once I was on the train from Gare du Nord with direction Amiens I started to get excited about discovering a new town. You arrive at the...

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What happens when a Danish film is watched by a group of Frenchmen? Last night in our local CinéClub I watched the Danish film Festen (in English: The Celebration) link , and after the film followed a discussion with the local cinéphiles.... I had already...

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