Paris – in transit to London

31 July 2023 | Places

So how do I get back to London after my USI (Università della Svizzera italiana) course at Lugano in Switzerland? Train to Milan and out to Malpensa Airport, fly to London is the quickest route. Instead I take the train to Zurich and then the high speed TGV Lyria in 4...

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Paris & Notre Dame

16 April 2019 | Places

▲ Looking past a gargoyle from the Notre Dame tower across the Seine and Left Bank towards the Eiffel Tower In 1996 I lived in Paris for the whole year and most days walked from our apartment on Rue Saint-Paul in the Marais across the Seine River to the Lonely Plan...

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Suspended Sentences – Patrick Modiano

29 December 2014 | Culture

This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature went to Frenchman Patrick Modiano and, as so often with the literature prize, I’m not alone in never having heard of him. ‘Very well known in France, hardly at all outside the country,’ is the comment. In fact most of his books a...

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Man Ray at Montparnasse Cemetery

23 June 2013 | Culture

Staying in Montparnasse in Paris a couple of weeks ago I made a last minute dash down the road to the Montparnasse Cemetery. ◄ I had a quick glance at the grave of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.   Then I stopped by Serge Gainsbourg’s grave ...

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Autolib – Car Sharing French Style

17 June 2013 | Transport

Car sharing systems are all the go, I’m a card carrying enthusiast for Zipcar in London and I’ve tried out (and just rejoined) Flexicar in Melbourne. The French were fairly pioneering with bicycle sharing and their Velib system has been a big hit. So it’s hardly su...

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