Competing cafés – Café de Flore and Café aux Deux Magots

Two French cafes, both alike in dignity, In fair Pah-rhee, where we lay our scene, From agéd grudge break to new mutiny, Where philosophical discourse makes coffee cups unclean. Many apologies for this bastardisation of the bard but I couldn’t help thinking about the prologue of Romeo and Juliet when I was reading about the … More Competing cafés – Café de Flore and Café aux Deux Magots

5 offbeat facts about the Paris Opera house (the phantom didn’t even make the cut)

It is surrounded by banks so you could get your jewels from the vaults to wear to the opera and not have far to travel with them.  Some banks also stayed open late so that you could then return them once the opera had finished. Two months after the Nazi occupation of Paris the Opera … More 5 offbeat facts about the Paris Opera house (the phantom didn’t even make the cut)

A passionate love affair in Paris – with some history, storytelling and a review

My grandfather was an amazing storyteller, his tales were captivating, compelling and seemingly never ending.  He was a refugee and when I was young he would tell me the history of his old country; always from memory, usually over maps and often in two languages – only one of which I understood, and yet I … More A passionate love affair in Paris – with some history, storytelling and a review

How to avoid the crowds and skip the queues at tourist attractions

Pay the money and go to a special event.  It’s not an earth-shattering revelation but if you’re lucky enough to have the money then just cough it up and go.  That’s my best piece of advice, in fact that’s my only piece of advice which makes this a short blog post.  There are other tips … More How to avoid the crowds and skip the queues at tourist attractions

7 clichés I love to do in Paris – with pictures as proof!

Paris is a place of many clichés – the Eiffel tower looking romantic, chic woman drinking coffee in street cafes and of course Place de Clichy, to name just a few.  So many of Paris’ clichés may be stereotypical but they are also brilliantly enjoyable.  Perhaps I am mellowing in my older age but I … More 7 clichés I love to do in Paris – with pictures as proof!

A Café tour of Paris – Odette (Please note there is a Great British Bake Off level of puns in this review)

I’d love to tell you that I am cool and hip and that I just stumbled across this gem of a Parisian café but rather annoyingly I read about Odette’s in a guide book.  I was in desperate need of a nice cup of tea and a sit down (I told you I wasn’t cool) … More A Café tour of Paris – Odette (Please note there is a Great British Bake Off level of puns in this review)