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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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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

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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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

I am not sure that Parisians would like Seine Rive Gauche to be compared to the Docklands in London, but I think that the area east of Gare d'Austerlitz towards the Périférique at Ivry has something of the Docklands to it. There is the proximity of water...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Do you remember the film with Glenn Close, Uma Thurman, Keenu Reeves, Michelle Pfeiffer and John Malkovich? For a refresher please read: link What happens when John Malkovich directs the play instead of playing a role in the play? Well, I saw the result...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Once a week after work I go to a talk about a chosen subject. Last week I went to the talk about historical prisons in Paris An evening in prison . Tonight the venue was the Institut Catholique in rue d'Assas where the Centre des Etudes de la Mer had...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

I wouldn't have thought that it would be possible to put those two personalities in the same sentence, but, alas, on Sunday afternoon I managed to squeeze in both of them! Out of curiosity I had decided to go to a public meeting held by the presidential...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Can a building from 1927 be modern still today? On this morning's guided walk I got my answer, which was a big confirmative YES! The walk started at Trocadero from where you have a breathtaking view across the Seine to the Eiffel Tower. Just down the...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

It is impossible not to like Berthe Morisot, the "only" well known French female impressionist painter. Musée Marmottan Monet has recently opened an exhibition entirely dedicated to her, and I could not resist the opportunity to see the paintings of the...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Last weekend I visited a medicalised institution for people who need care after an operation. Do you remember the old woman in A mobile phone for an old lady ? Well, her 86 year old husband recently had to undergo a serious operation and is now spending...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

rue de l'Hirondelle, 6th arr. on a Monday evening In the voulted cave of the bar La Vénus Noire, where people like Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Oscar Wilde would have a drink at a time when the bar was known as the Caveau de Bolée,...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris
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