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 […]

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 […]

Ten things in Paris… that make me think I’m turning French

After nearly two months here (and four in France! That’s two Oxford terms!) I fear/ hope/ believe I may be going native. 10. People ask me for directions in the street. I respond in French even when I can tell that theirs is very wobbly (and they’re clearly Anglophone), and wait for them to capitulate […]

Ten things in Paris… that are clichés but you have to do them anyway!

Considering myself a ‘real Parisian’, yet frequently still needing a map to get around, I think I’m the perfect person to compile this list! 10. Visiting the Louvre. Yes, there’s a queue half a mile long (don’t go on a Saturday morning then!) and a mass of people six feet thick putting their elbow in […]

Ten things in Paris… that make me smile

For this sunny Monday morning (the weather hasn’t yet realised that it’s October!) 10. People with ludicrously small dogs on the Métro. So small that they have to carry them in case they get trampled on. (Note: this only applies when I’m in a good mood and not in a rush, when their yapping really […]