Category Archives: Travel

Passionate About Paris: loving a locavore life

Boulangerie © Barbara Hopkins

Boulangerie © Barbara Hopkins

Paris is deservedly topping several lists of ‘Cities to visit in 2014’ and many visitors will be wondering where to stay (always a major budgetary consideration).

For me, self catering wins hands down every time.  In my experience reasonably priced, centrally located hotel rooms are usually the size of a shoe box, whereas an apartment offers freedom, space — and the opportunity to be a locavore.

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Passionate About Paris

Love Locks, Paris © Barbara Hopkins

Love Locks, Paris © Barbara Hopkins

It’s a truth universally acknowledged (by those who know me, at least) that I’m Passionate About Paris.  I make no secret of my adulation and the prospect of a  visit fills me with excitement and expectation – both in terms of revisiting favourite haunts as well as discovering new ones.

So I’m more than a little thrilled that one of my favourite cities appears on lists of top cities to visit in 2014.

For anyone planning a visit, do take a look at my feature ’48 Hours in Paris’ here, or at other information, both in my publication record as well as blog posts under ‘Passionate About Paris’.

Bon voyage!

Passionate About Paris: Vegetarian? C’est pas grave!

Vegetarian?  Heading to Paris? C’est pas grave, as they say: it doesn’t matter.

Let’s face it, in the past our Gallic neighbours’ predilection for eating alleged delicacies such as duck’s gizzard has rendered them pretty impermeable to any understanding of the concept of vegetarianism.

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Indelibly imprinted on my subconscious….

Early in the New Year I spent a few days in Seville, which apart from being the most amazing fusion of architectural styles and influences, managed to frequently transport me back to my childhood. Continue reading

‘But We Do That At Home!’

Exploring a new country and meeting new people, it’s easy to
by-pass an activity or experience ‘because we do that at home’  – and that’s where we almost made a big mistake. Continue reading

People-Watching? I’ll Pass, Thanks

Two hours spent restrained in a metal tube delayed from its original purpose of transatlantic travel provided ample scope for something I don’t usually indulge in.

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Passionate About Paris

I’m planning a trip to Paris and I’m quite ridiculously excited about it.  There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be, although I’m lucky enough to have been a number of times already so you’d think that I might approach this trip with a little more sang froid.  Why am I so passionate about Paris?

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