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All winter and spring I have been following with interest the construction of two connected buildings in the pretty rue des Thermophyles. Finally in May the first inhabitants moved into the studio flats in the wooden building, whereas the flats in the...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

I don't think that anybody who knows me will accuse me of being a fashion victim like e.g. Carrie Bradshaw, but I admit to having a weakness for yellow dots. No just any yellow dots, but those that you can find in the streets of Paris next to a big, white...

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La rentrée is a very French concept which is widely used about everything from la rentrée scolaire to la rentrée politique. In the metro there are big advertisements for clothes for the rentrée and furniture for the rentrée, and I also noticed a magazine...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Yesterday it was 351 years ago since Nicolas Fouquet threw a housewarming party at his castle Vaux-le-Comte (see link ). It was apparently an amazing party with the attendance of Louis XIV. It had taken 18,000 men 5 years to complete the task, and nothing...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

When the film "Au Revoir Les Enfants" directed by Louis Malle came out in 1987, I watched it in the cinema and shed a tear, I recall (see link). It was filmed in the pretty medieval town of Provins (pronounced without s), which is situated some 85 kms...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

In May 1948 the then Princesse Elizabeth and her husband Phillip paid a visit to Paris, as you can see in this video: link . She had been married for barely 6 months and was 3 months pregnant with Charles. Of course you can't see that in the video nor...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

This weekend I learnt that the expression "trou normand" has more than one meaning. I am not thinking of Normandy as deep countryside (though it is!), but of the hole in the ozone that caused my host to recommend me to put on sunblocker when I went for...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris