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If your idea of Paris is pretty women in elegant dresses, men with high hats, people kissing on every street corner and cancan, champagne and horse drawn carriages, then you have probably watched too many films made in Hollywood. An exhibition about Paris...

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I can still hear those words so many years later. It was in the late 1970ies when my grandmother and I attended a political meeting in Flensburg, and the hall was boiling with eager Germans cheering their old chancellor Willy Brandt. link I was standing...

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Has it already been a year since I last wrote about the European Heritage Days (see Heritage Days 2011 )? This year's theme was "Hidden Heritage", and whilst in previous years I focused on well known places, this year I deliberately chose to visit places...

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Who wouldn't like a good massage? On my way to work I pass several Asian massage parlors like for example this one: What is this really about? Well, according to press reports and the TV news a lot of the massage parlors, but not necessarily the one on...

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Sometimes the weekends are not long enough to do everything that I want, so today at lunchtime I abandoned the idea of going to the fitness studio. Instead I went to see two exhibitions at the town hall of the 6th arr. where there are always interesting...

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I don't think that I have mentioned Marie de Médicis before. She was born in Florence in 1575, married Henri IV at the age of 25, and became a widow at the age of 35 when her son Louis XIII was only 8. She reigned on his behalf until 1617 when young Louis...

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When I planned my Saturday, I had thought of everything: looked up addresses on the Internet, watched interviews on youtube and looked at photos, read a few newspaper articles, packed the rucksack with notebook, water bottle, map of Paris, camera, money,...

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There are international events that made such an impression on us that we remember exactly where we were and what we were doing at that moment. Last week when Neil Armstrong died people who are old enough will probably have thought of the day that he...

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