A cake called pudding

22nd December 2013, Paris Over these last few days, there have been too many cakes (and non-cakes!) to count, to mention, to describe… There was the waffle (I would call it Belgian, they call it liégeoise) with lines of chocolate embedded in it, oozing slightly, dangerously, temptingly, so that I almost burnt my mouth biting […]

A farewell to Paris

And so it comes to an end. One final day of ticking off the last few things on the list I made on the train to Portsmouth back in June, a fit of giggles at ‘Last Christmas’ in a French cookware shop and enough dodging gormless tourists and awkward Parisians to qualify for the next […]

Ten thing in Paris that have gone all festive

Yep, like most major cities, Paris has figured out that Christmas is definitely a time to go over the top on: tourists love it, shop owners love it, electricity companies love it (well, they love charging for all of those Christmas lights!). Maybe it’s meant to be an antidote to all of the info boards […]

Ten unexpected food experiences in Paris

So, we all know about croissants, baguettes and Camembert, but if we’re honest, it’s far more exciting and interesting when we have slightly unexpected encounters with food: something we didn’t expect to find, or, at least, not where we found it… 10. The Cuban stall at the Christmas market at La Défense. A combination of […]

La Diplomate – That’s me, right?

Paris, Île-de-France, 6th December 2013 As soon as I saw the name of this one, sat in the window of the boulangerie down the road, I just had to have it. It was the right moment, the perfect day. Why? Well, there was the fact that on my way to work in the morning, the rue […]

D’Artagnan isn’t dead…

…’cause I heard him on the radio. (Music reference from a few years back there!) In fact, as those of you following Tea with D’Artagnan may have noticed, the story hasn’t finished yet. However, it is now the 3rd of December, and I have written over 55,000 words. D’Artagnan has not been abandoned, and chapter twenty […]

Ten things in Strasbourg that make it a little bit mad (especially in December…)

Home from my epic weekend practically in Germany, I thought I’d treat you to a bit of a change! 10. Practically everything has bacon in. Or sausages. Or is ‘Choucroute’, which is basically a vegetarian’s nightmare, made up of about twelve kinds of meat heaped onto a mound of cabbage. I mean, in my world […]

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Cycling home along the rue de Rivoli last night I had a sudden flashback of my first day in Paris, back in early September, and of setting out to walk to Bastille to pick up a card to hire a bike. It seemed like a good way to explore the city, and it surely couldn’t […]

Ten things in Paris that are actually the same as in Manchester

This may come as a surprise to those who follow the general belief that Paris is a glamorous city of culture, fashion, effortlessly chic if slightly rude beautiful people, and that Manchester is… well, none of those things. But I am here to point out that you should not be so easily deceived! They’re actually […]

Ten things in Paris… that are done here in their own special way

Or, to be more precise, are done in a way that surprises me. For all I know, it’s entirely normal in many cities that I’ve never lived in, but I wouldn’t know. Anyway, things that tickle me. 10. Everyone lives in flats. (That’s not strange in itself). To visit someone, you would think that you […]