41 Unusual Things to do in Paris – PART III

Due to its length, I’ve split this blog post into three parts. This is part III. For part I, click here. For part II, click here.   41 UNUSUAL THINGS TO DO IN PARIS   PART I   [1] Go on a Balloon Ride [2] Do an Indoor Parkour / Freerunning Session [3] Sing some Chansons [4] Go Climbing or Bouldering at the World’s Biggest Indoor Climbing Gym [5] Do an Absinthe Tasting Session [6] Go inline skating with thousands of others on public roads with Pari Roller [7] Visit the oldest English bookstore on the Continent [8] Check out Paris’s best hot chocolate [9] Have a bite at a traditional Paris Bouillon [10] Keep your eyes open for the street art everywhere in town [11] Explore the street art at a formerly illegal artist squat [12] Into stuffed rats? (And who isn’t.) Look no further. [13] Enjoy a stroll […]

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41 Unusual Things to do in Paris – PART II

Due to its length, I’ve split this blog post into three parts. This is part II. For part I click here. For part III click here.   41 UNUSUAL THINGS TO DO IN PARIS   PART I   [1] Go on a Balloon Ride [2] Do an Indoor Parkour / Freerunning Session [3] Sing some Chansons [4] Go Climbing or Bouldering at the World’s Biggest Indoor Climbing Gym [5] Do an Absinthe Tasting Session [6] Go inline skating with thousands of others on public roads with Pari Roller [7] Visit the oldest English bookstore on the Continent [8] Check out Paris’s best hot chocolate [9] Have a bite at a traditional Paris Bouillon [10] Keep your eyes open for the street art everywhere in town [11] Explore the street art at a formerly illegal artist squat [12] Into stuffed rats? (And who isn’t.) Look no further. [13] Enjoy a stroll […]

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41 Unusual Things to do in Paris – PART I

Paris is quite possibly Ellie’s and my favourite big city in the world. It will never be as mad and exciting as Tokyo, never as exotic as Cairo or Kathmandu, never as relaxing as Sydney. Paris will never have a skyline like New York City or Hong Kong, never feel home like London does to us, or make us think that we time-travelled back two thousand years, like Rome. Paris is just so different from all other big cities we know. (Vienna might come closest.) We love all the wide boulevards and the elegant buildings lining them. Culturally, Paris has so much to offer, and of course the food is among the best in the world. WHY I WROTE THIS BLOG POST We usually visit at least once per year. I used to visit for work every now and then. In short, we’ve done most of the major tourist sights […]

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The Cheese Poem

I recently went through old, discarded notes of mine, and found this, ahem, ‘gem’ from my early writing career. I thought it would be unforgivable not to share it with you, dear reader.   THE CHEESE POEM   I dreamt I was a piece of cheese You’d think I’s shocked but I was pleased Was I a Brie or St Nectaire That part had not been clear I found myself on a platter besides a bruschetta Then I was gone, what remained Was the latter  

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Simon Godwin’s Macbeth – Ralph Fiennes & Indira Varma at Dock X

Ellie & I used to watch plays all the time. I remember one occasion when we saw one matinee in the afternoon, then walked straight from that theatre to one across town to watch another play. It wasn’t unusual for us to see three or four plays a week. Back in the days of thriving thespians & thoroughly thrilling, thought-provoking theatre productions. IS IT WORTH THE EFFORT? For several years now, we’ve barely managed to make the effort of going to the theatre once every other month. And it was nearly always disappointing. We’ve come to cherish the times when a play turns out to be okay’ish, that’s how bad it got.   All pics of performance, incl. feature pic, (c) Matt Humphrey, else (c) BerkeleySqB. 25 QUID TO SEE RALPH FIENNES? COUNT US IN. So when my wife, who’s our ‘events manager’, found out about this year’s Macbeth production […]

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