Ten things you notice at the supermarket in La Paz

This may not sound like the most promising of blog topics. But trust me, everything over here is a little bit crazy, and so going to buy some food can become a bit of an adventure. Especially when you go with certain ingredients in mind… 10. As soon as you walk in the door (or […]

Alasitas, artesanías and api

As anyone who’s ever met me or read anything on this blog probably knows, I love markets. Any kind of markets: food, craft, Christmas… And La Paz, with it’s streets behind the plaza San Francisco full of stalls selling alpaca jumpers, alpaca gloves, alpaca hats, small fluffy alpacas (seeing a theme here?) etc is amazing […]

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 […]

And so this is Christmas…

…well, actually, there’s over a week to go, but it is undeniably getting closer. That said, I’ve not been feeling overly festive, perhaps because, despite the presence of large numbers of excessive Christmas lights (there are Christmas trees hanging in the air across the middle of my street) and incredibly tacky Christmas markets, I don’t […]

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 […]

French gastronomy – my way :)

As anyone that knows me will know, I love certain types of French food. I have never yet met a cheese too strong or too smelly, I would happily eat nothing but bread all day, and I adore any kind of cake, as long as there’s no meringue lurking in it. Living here for five […]

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 […]