Paris: My Favourites!

Shakespeare & Company features in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset

The best way to ruin your trip is by trying to squeeze everything Paris has to offer into it. Plan only a couple of things per day, and concede that you probably won’t get to see each and every one of them anyway. Continue reading “Paris: My Favourites!”

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Ultimate Experience 203 – Most Iconic Engineered Structures: Eiffel Tower, France

 

The view from Place du Trocadero

The ultimate symbol of Paris is just as grand and breathtaking as I’d always imagined. But I decided to take Anthony Bourdain’s advice and “skip it” – or at least, skip climbing it. Continue reading “Ultimate Experience 203 – Most Iconic Engineered Structures: Eiffel Tower, France”

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Ultimate Experience 189 – Ultimate City Breaks: Paris, France

A most curious thing happened as M and I were polishing down a sumptuous Oeuf au plat Champignons and Carpaccio de Boeuf at L’Avant Comptoir, a hip little hors d’oeuvres bar located in the heart of Paris. A young woman, presumably American, walked up to the bar and asked the server, “Do you have the menu in English?”; to this he blankly replied, “Quoi?” She repeated the question, this time stressing menu and English. He shrugged and pointed at the ceiling, where the entire menu hangs, in French, on small illustrated placards. M and I exchanged looks, puzzled. Why was the server, who only moments ago was chatting with us in fluent English, pretending not to understand her? I think I may have figured out why. Continue reading “Ultimate Experience 189 – Ultimate City Breaks: Paris, France”

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