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RADIO IN FRANCE …

Do you ever listen to the radio? Or, do you think listening to the radio is old hat, something your old Gran and Granddad do? Well, listening tothe radio is still  something done here in France. And not just on the iPhone or the tablet, but indeed on a radio set! Here are the 6 […]

Death of a pet in France … The French Way …

  Dying in France is an expensive undertaking. A funeral, be it for a cremation or burial, costs around €2500 ($2910 / £2200) to €4000 ($4655 / £3514). This does not include the cemeteries’ fees (yes, one needs to have a grave dug and filled up afterwards and these are paying services) but it does […]

Some Paris bistros and bars start charging by the hour …

When I came to live in Paris, I was astounded at how long people remained sitting in bistros and bars and cafés and restaurants after they’d drunk or eaten. I was then told that it was quite acceptable to sit ‘all day’ over, say a coffee or a glass of wine.  Students, I was told, […]

EIFFEL TOWER … WHEN ITS PHOTOS ARE FORBIDDEN …

  I have often taken photos of the flickering Eiffel Tower.  In fact, I have some very nice and publishable photos of the flickering Eiffel Tower! However, they will be for my eyes only. How come? It is forbidden to publish photographs of the Eiffel Tower taken when its lights were flickering. Is this some […]

What’s in a name … ?

  One thing we all have in common: not one of us has chosen our name. Names are chosen for us before we have even been born. Unless of course for one reason or another we call ourselves by another name later in life: we are on the run from justice for example, or we […]

The Monte-Cristo Château …Here Alexandre Dumas Père wrote …

I’ve always believed – or at least from the time I’ve started writing books – that environment is important for the words to flow. Having just visited the château where Alexandre Dumas (the elder of two Dumas writers) lived and wrote the books for which he is today known as one of France’s greatest writers, […]

Vincent van Gogh … Death of the Virgin … Is this painting a Van Gogh? …

  In 2010 Englishman Adrian Spong, expert art historian, collector and dealer was browsing through the items his local auctioneer had on display. A 19th century landscape watercolour caught his skilled eye. He learnt that the watercolour was part of a five-painting lot. Despite being interested only in the watercolour, he, all the same, began […]

President Macron … and his make-up …

Since ever Frenchmen have been considered dandies. They walked poodles and ate quiche. However, for the past few years Frenchman have been trying to appear manlier. Thus, now they rather walk Rottweilers and tuck into a hamburger and fries, eating with their hands. But, last week the French weekly news magazine Le Point revealed that […]

France remembering her WW2 dead … 73 years later …

    Each year in August Paris remembers those brave men and women who were slain in the 1944 fighting to liberate France from German Occupation. One sees all through the southern part of Paris plaques where a soldier or civilian had been slain by a German bullet or bomb, and each August the Paris […]

Diana … 20 years dead … and assassinated of course …

Ten years ago I planned to write a book about the death of Princess Diana.  I wrote a 55-page proposal for the book.  And what happened? The publishers, all of them in the U.K. informed me that they could not offer me publication because they could not protect me, and because of the book I […]

Debussy Museum … in Saint-Germain-en-Laye …

  At No. 38 Rue du Pain in the town of Saint-Germain-en-Laye is situated the town’s tourist office. It is a narrow, upright building, no different from any others on the long and narrow street. However, upstairs on the first floor is a two-room museum: the Debussy Museum. Entry to the museum is free which […]

IMPRESSIONIST ISLAND … A TREASURE …

  The mere name – Impressionist Island – Ile des Impressionnists – makes one think ‘art’. Makes one think ‘Monet … Manet … Pissarro … Paris, City of Light … Paris City of Art …’ If you have never been to this island, then I saw much recommend that you do go there. And why not […]

PALEONTOLOGY MUSEUM IN JARDIN DES PLANTES, PARIS …

For just € 7 ($ 8.20 / £6.25) for an adult you will have a most interesting time visiting the Galeries d’Anatomie Comparée et de Paléontologie (Paleontology Museum) in Paris’s Jardin des Plantes. There are more than 2500 fossils of which 650 are complete skeletons and 1000 are specimens preserved in fluid. Not all of […]

JARDIN DES PLANTES IN PARIS …

There is no fee for a walk around Paris’s Jardin des Plantes, and I assure you that you will pass a few most pleasant hours there. Just walking around, admiring the flowers, and the statues too, and you can always stop at one of the many open-air cafes for a snack or a nice Parisian […]

VAUX-LE-VICOMTE … CHATEAU AND PARK …

Fifty-five kilometres (34 miles) south-east from Paris is the chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte. The mere name sounds exquisite. I have twice visited the chateau, and once its park. My last visit which was on Tuesday, July 18 this year (2017), happened to be the hottest day of this summer, so I skipped the park. Believe me, […]

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POUR L’AMOUR D’UN POÈTE

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