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How Do You Know It’s Summer in Paris?

Summer finally arrived in Paris at the end of June. After freezing for more months than I care to remember and drowning in more months of rain, I emerged to notice the signs that tell me Paris and summer have again met. From arrondissement to arrondissement, from person to person, these signs will differ. I see my Paris as I do. It's not always pretty. It's definitely not perfect. It has to be seen with some amusement and sometimes you just have to think *'C'est la vie'. (more…)
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Oh Paris! Really?

Parisians and Paris never fail to give me something to write about. I find humour, quirkiness and curious disbelievement wonderment in practically every encounter, person and situation I come across. I walk past tiny shops and enter. I breathe in the history of those who were there before me and bought what I buy, decades before.

And then I open my mouth and shatter the illusion.


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The Other Day …

The other day at a cafe I decided to ask the chap sitting beside me to have a conversation. In French of course. He probably thought I was annoying but I don't like talking to myself in public ... That would be more annoying I'm sure. Anyway he was eating alone. I found out that he was a building works manager and had a lot of paperwork that slowed down his projects. Very French. He didn't live in Paris but travelled in to manage projects. When he left he shook my hand and said something positive and smiley to me. I didn't quite understand. Oh well. (more…)
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A Tisket, A Tasket …

I love food. One of my favourite things to do is look at sites like Yummly for sheer love of seeing food put lovingly together to make a meal.  In Paris, I delight in the supermarkets. The variety and quality of the food there is quite overwhelming.

So imagine how much fun I had today when I decided to open up an online shopping account with Monoprix! Wheeeee!  Hours and hours of fun awaited me!  I told myself that it would another interesting way to learn French, and yes that's true. Nothing like deciding to skip the Google Translate button and just click 'ici'. (more…)
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