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As from tomorrow 1 July 2012 cars on the French roads have to be equipped with a drunkometer (or, as one says these days, a breathalyser. This is in addition to the red triangle and the fluorescent yellow vest with retroreflective stripes). I have not...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

The other day I had lunch with a colleague, and as it often happens between women, the talk fell upon men. My colleague who is the maritime business like me said that with men she was most of the time doing time charter trips, which for those of you who...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

From my office desk I look at two towers: the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse Tower. The first one I visited when I came to Paris in secondary school, the second one I visited on Friday after work. The occasion was a book fair called "Paris se Livre",...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

The only reason for me sitting in this beautiful church on a sunny Saturday evening was a simple notice in a shop window that I passed in the first instance but then turned around to have a second look: "César Franck's Ruth in Notre Dame du Travail"....

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

This is the new logo of the Museums of Orsay and of l'Orangerie. It looks a bit like the MOMO, right? Whilst the Louvre was "my" museum during my first year in Paris as I had got a membership card, I have chosen the M'O as "my" museum for my second year...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Tonight at the Gallery of the Entrepot the voice of SNCF Simone Herault together with Alexandre Lachaux read some texts and quotes by Alphonse Allais (1884 - 1905). Allais wrote for various magazines, among others Le Chat Noir, and is known as a humorist...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from April to October the personnel of the Tuileries Garden give a free guided tour starting at the Caroussel of the Louvre. On Sunday a young entousiastic Mr Green [my translation of his name in French] of the security...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Today, 16 June, it is Bloomsday. Until today I had never heard of this day and had no clue what it was about. However, an invitation from the Irish Cultural Institute to an evening about James Joyce made me do some research, and now after an evening in...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

..... and completely disorientated. After the beautiful sunsets over the Mediterranean, 26° every day under a deep blue sky, breakfast on the terrace, late dinners to the sound of croaking frogs, sunburnt shoulders, picnic with the feet in fresh thyme,...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris