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A bike tour of Paris provides a new view of the city

Written by on October 17, 2017 in Paris
A bike tour of Paris provides a new view of the city

Finding myself with a few hours to spare in Paris in the middle of August on a sunny day I decided to join a bike tour. I had considered the implications of confronting mad Parisian motorists from the saddle of a bicycle. My faith was never tested though, their manners were perfect and I was […]

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The Promenade Plantée Paris – the most unusual park in the city

Written by on October 16, 2017 in Paris, Quirky, Romantic
The Promenade Plantée Paris – the most unusual park in the city

The other day I was waiting at Gare de Lyon in Paris to take a train to Burgundy (I know I have the best job, right?!)… I had quite a bit of time to spare so, lugging my suitcase and camera bag I wandered outside the station. I decided to go no further than 10 […]

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3 cities perfect for Autumn visits in France

Written by on October 4, 2017 in Aquitaine, Holidays & Things to do, Paris, Rhône Alpes
3 cities perfect for Autumn visits in France

Paris in Autumn Hot chocolate in cafés that have a warm glow at dusk, golden leaves floating gently down on wide avenues and rosy sunsets. Rainy days when museums beckon, steaming hot coffee and croissants and walking on frosty cobble stones. And don’t forget Nuit Blanche, the big event of the season held every first […]

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Sainte-Chapelle Paris the church that’s like a Jewellery box

Written by on September 24, 2017 in Arty, Paris, Romantic
Sainte-Chapelle Paris the church that’s like a Jewellery box

Earnest faced angels with pale pink and blue wings and voluminous frocks hover over the six musicians on a tiny stage. Solemn faced saints look down from their lofty perches. Shadows flicker across stained glass windows and sculpted walls that have stood for centuries as the sweet sound of Bach fills the air. An enraptured audience breaks […]

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3 wonderful French book stores in Paris that you will love

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Arty, Paris
3 wonderful French book stores in Paris that you will love

Happily, one-of-a-kind bookshops are alive, well and thriving in Paris, and everyone seems to have their favorites. More than just stop-offs to find a good read, these three are slightly off-the-radar and provide just enough zip and zing to keep me coming back. LIBRAIRIE ALAIN BRIEUX It is no accident that Librairie Alain Brieux is […]

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Discover 4 fabulous book stores in Paris

Written by on August 30, 2017 in Paris
Discover 4 fabulous book stores in Paris

When you’re in Paris, one of the most fun shopping trips is to a book store and Paris has many. We picked these four shops as some of our favourites because they have English language books on the shelves or they are just so special you won’t mind the fact that they books are in […]

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Reasons to love France No 5 | Paris

Written by on August 29, 2017 in My French Life, Paris
Reasons to love France No 5 | Paris

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”  Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast It doesn’t just stay with you, you hanker after it forever more… What makes us fall in […]

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How to take a Velib bike ride in Paris

Written by on August 28, 2017 in Guest Blogs, Paris
How to take a Velib bike ride in Paris

On a warm sunny day, there’s no better way to get around Paris than with a Velib bike.  Bike friendly Paris has installed hundreds of Velib bike rental stations for locals and tourists alike. Author Michael Barry shares his bike riding in Paris experience… Velib bikes in Paris For a small daily or weekly fee, […]

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Top 5 free things to do in Paris in Autumn

Written by on August 22, 2017 in Paris
Top 5 free things to do in Paris in Autumn

Paris is always a good idea they say and it’s true, it’s never the wrong time to go. Every season is different and every month is special. Autumn is a time to enjoy warm sunny days and wrap up for chilly nights to drink hot chocolate on a terrace and something stronger in a cosy […]

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3 Brilliant English language book stores in Paris France

Written by on August 21, 2017 in Arty, Book Reviews And Interviews, Paris
3 Brilliant English language book stores in Paris France

Paris loves its book shops, just think of those green book boxes that line the River Seine. Known as the bouquinistes de Paris the 217 book sellers have 900 boxes between them containing 30,000 books! These open air book stalls that line the walls of the  offer the perfect opportunity for wandering and flicking through […]

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