Monthly Archives: May 2011

Paris in May

At dusk, after dinner in a neighbourhood brasserie in the 4th, we walk along the embankment of the western edge of the Ile St Louis, navigating our way past knots of young people sitting and chatting and drinking.  The sky … Continue reading

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Cityscapes

Visiting Paris again for a long weekend, I’m reminded how much I appreciate certain types of cityscape.  Whatever they are, almost all can be found here in the City of Light. That’s why I love it as much as I … Continue reading

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First trip on a train

It’s always fascinating to read historical narrative describing something new which we now take for granted: even more so when the witness is such a fine and observant writer.  Here is Charles Greville writing about his first trip on a … Continue reading

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Royal futures

Four final thoughts about the Royal Wedding, some of which have been expressed by others. Here are my versions. First, the new Duchess of Cambridge looks as if she is already laying to rest the whole ‘Diana thing’.  That febrile … Continue reading

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