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Passionate About Paris: The Musée d’Orsay

Courtesy of The Musée d’Orsay

Pondering on Paris (as I so frequently do)  always leads to a yearning for a stroll through the hallowed halls of the Musée d’Orsay – one of my favourite art museums.  So why is it so special?

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Passionate About Paris: Heaven Scent

Alexander III Bridge, Paris © Barbara Hopkins

“Perfume is the most intense form of memory” said Jean-Paul Guerlain and as the last master perfumier of one of the world’s oldest perfume houses, he’s a man who should know.

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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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Passionate About Paris: April 18th 2012

I’m back from Paris buoyed up by a visit to my favourite city, even though this time it was viewed through the prism of a ghastly virus which did its best to floor my husband, then me, as he recovered. The benefits of self-catering took on a new dimension as I stocked the (large) fridge with all sorts of drinks and easy-to-eat foods, while the plan to fill it with delectable treats didn’t quite materialise….

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Good Manners, Bad Manners

I’m planning my next trip to Paris and really looking forward to it (anyone even vaguely connected to me will recognise this as a masterful piece of understatement). Though I’m passionate about Paris I’m always slightly non-plussed by examples of sheer bad manners by our Gallic neighbours.  I hasten to add that there are many examples of good manners too – but it set me thinking how far we’ve come on our little island in terms of service delivery and general courtesy.

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Passionate About Paris: February 1st 2012

Welcome to a new post in my weekly blog series, Passionate About Paris.

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day will soon be here and the City of Light also carries before it a reputation as the City of Love.  Paris is a favourite destination for lovers, romantics, and honeymooners with Valentine’s Day providing the perfect excuse to follow in the footsteps of famous lovers Abelard and Heloise, Chopin and George Sand, Sartre and de Beauvoir and Napoleon and Josephine, along with many more.

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Passionate About Paris: January 18th 2012

Welcome to a new post in my weekly blog series, Passionate About Paris.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Paris, like me a can’t-get-enough-of-Paris devotee, or perhaps just mildly curious about the City of Light, I hope you’ll find in these posts some ideas to inspire, hints to help and a sense of sharing what’s great about this awesome city.  Here’s my round up of tips, info and what’s new this week.

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