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The Book Club

Two months ago I hosted a book club event at a local bookshop. It was an open book club, that is, anyone could come along provided they were willing to participate in English. The book in question was called The … Continue reading

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What to eat in Rome

What to eat in Rome? If you want to eat well in a foreign city, it’s always a good idea to do some research before you go. I didn’t do any research before going to Rome. Slight mistake. But Rome … Continue reading

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When in Rome

On a grey morning in late October, we caught a series of trains (Mantova-Modena-Bologna-Rome) to Italy’s ancient capital. By lunchtime we were eating at an outdoor table at a Roman restaurant. The waiters were those elderly/middle-aged Italian guys that you … Continue reading

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Memorable Meals in the Med

One of the many delights of the Med, Sicily in this particular case, is the unpretentious yet delicious meals they serve. The food is local, by which I mean the menu is shaped by geography, tradition and Sicily’s agriculture. It’s highly familiar: Mediterranean/Italian/Sicilian … Continue reading

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A Mediterranean Journey

Close your eyes. I’m taking you on a journey. Oh wait! This is a blog, a visual medium. Better keep your eyes open. Destination? A Mediterranean island. Forget the indignities of low-cost airlines: we’re there already! This is Trapani in … Continue reading

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Look Back at Paris

For now, this is my last post about our short trip to Paris. The highlights of the trip were: spending time with my 70 year-old mum who I don’t see very often because she lives in Australia and I live … Continue reading

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Moulin Rouge

After our Paris by night experience, the same tour bus dropped us off at Moulin Rouge. We had tickets for the 11 pm Féerie cabaret show. The entertainment opened with a cheesy dance number in which the lyrics were something like “bonsy, … Continue reading

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Paris by Night

When in a foreign city, do you ever watch those gaudy tourist buses (especially the hop-on-hop-off variety) go by, and feel smugly superior to the people on board? In Paris, we put our pretensions aside and eagerly clambered aboard the … Continue reading

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Paris: Where not to go for a drink on a Saturday night

We arrived in Paris on a Saturday afternoon, Signor Lu and I. Without any hiccups, we got got from the airport to our hotel via the €10 roissybus. (A multilingual on-board screen made the route crystal clear.) At the hotel, we … Continue reading

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Paris

I survived Paris. As I wrote previously, on my first trip to Paris I had an encounter with a pickpocket. So on this second trip, I tried to stay alert at all times. I tried to imagine I was a … Continue reading

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