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Lyon, and west to St Genix, St Pierre de Chartreuse and Cremieu

January 31, 2015


I hate New Year. Planned fun never quite works out and on NYE you pay twice as much to be surrounded by ten times more people. Bah humbug. So I escaped to Lyon where some friends have bought a ramshackle manor house that they are doing up (and I suspect will continue to do so for […]

Paris: Richard Lenoir and surrounds

January 26, 2014


I’ve been back in Paris of a few months, staying just to the east of the Marais off Boulevard Richard Lenoir in the 11th arrondissement which has become my new favourite area to hangout (and not just because I am lazy). For ‘typical French’ (i.e. the first stop for visitors coming to stay) Les Galopins has become […]

The Fabulous Parisian Tenth Arrondissement, and surrounds

March 3, 2013


My last four years in Paris have mainly been in the tenth arrondissement and I've fallen in love. Over the last year or two it's started to become gentrified, and as a result some fabulous food options have been popping up.Here are my top tips for this fabulous neighbourhood...

Paris is trying to match NY for cocktails, and it’s starting to work

February 17, 2013


There have been a whole host of Cocktail bars opening up in Paris. The Experimental and Prescriptive Cocktail Clubs paved the way a few years ago and the barman often pop up in new locations, my new favourite of which is Little Red Door. Below is a round of cocktail bars I like in Paris […]

Basque Summer Holiday: San Sebastian

August 27, 2012


The Lonely Planet starts with some cheesy line about how no one goes to San Sebastian without falling in love. God they were right. And it’s cheap to boot (around half Paris prices). I was on a bit of an epic Basque adventure with two girlfriends. It’s the longest holiday I’ve taken in a long […]

Learning to cook Lapin a la Mourtade in Dijon

February 17, 2012


One of the great things I love about living in Paris is that it gives me the opportunity to discover France. It’s just so easy to hop on a train for a weekend escape. A friend and I decided for a productive weekend away learning some new food tricks in Dijon which is just 1h40mins […]

Perpignan – a funny little French/Spanish town

September 29, 2011


Perpignan is a funny town with the Spanish French mix pretty obvious in architecture, culture and language. Both Catalan and French both prominent languages. It has a few dodgy areas so be careful where you go at night (someone I met had been robbed at knifepoint and my friend and I walked passed someone shooting […]