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Saturday evening was theatre evening. Under a heavy rain I ventured into the 10th arr. where Théâtre Antoine is currently showing the play Inconnu à Cette Adresse. I had obtained tickets on www.billetreduc.com and was sitting in the second row with a...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

In 1934 Charles de Gaulle bought with his wife Yvonne a house in the small village Colombey-les-deux-Eglises. There were several reasons for buying a house in that place. First of all in Germany things were starting to heat up, and as a military Charles...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

It sounds like one of those jokes which are impossible to answer, "What has Haute Couture and the Resistance got in common? The simple reply is that there are currently two exhibitions about Haute Couture and the resistance movement in Paris during WW2...

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When I told my friends and colleagues that I was going to visit Clairvaux, they looked at me in disbelief and asked me what I was going to do in a prison. I concluded from their reaction that for Frenchmen generally Clairvaux is a prison, though for me...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

Since I saw the theatre play Oh, les beaux jours (Happy Days in the original English version) I have been trying to figure out what to think of the play. Catherine Frot, known by some perhaps from the film Odette Toulemonde (based on a shortstory by Eric-Emmanuel...

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- and a naked pair of men's buttocks! It had been a long time since I had seen a real pair of men's buttocks, but as I was sitting in the third row in the local theatre on Friday night, I had a good look. I think that I even saw a little more than the...

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The other day I found a flyer in my postbox inviting me to the opening of the square Moro-Giafferi in the presence of the mayor of the 14th arrondissement. The square has been undergoing a make-over which I have been following close-up as I pass there...

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Breakfast in Paris, lunch in Antwerp and back in Paris for dinner? This is what I did on Sunday, and I felt so decadent and so much like a "woman of the world"! On the International Women's Day Thalys had a special offer for all women: book your ticket...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

In 1990 I did a law course about European law as part of my law degree. One of the basic cases to be studied was a 1979 decision of the European Court of Justice about the right to import alcohol from another country in the European Communities, as it...

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