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...
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...
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 ...
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...
Looking at Paris
13 June 2013 | Culture
▲ I’ve had a look at New York and at Naples so today it’s Paris, last week’s trip. Wandering through the Marais I noted this window display of Queen Elizabeths, each QE2 energetically swivelling her wrist in true British royal family fashion.
▲ Still in the Marais ...