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paris  Diary of an Adult Runaway   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceDiary of an Adult Runaway is Gabirelle’s blog about her life in Paris where she writes, listens to music, talks far too much about the President of the USA and seems to spend a lot of her time (as she , herself, admits)… Making a general nuisance of myself in the 16th!

The story starts (as I suspect many of the best stories start) with A Loft in Montmartre.

This post describes how Gabrielle drags 2 cats (without asking their permission), on a 24 hour flight (not to mention the indignity of the rabies shots and micro-chipping), from Australia to end up in a 7th floor studio flat (with a constant mould problem), before transplanting them to a dream apartment with a balcony (with a view of the Eiffel Tower) and a bathtub!




Now, I suspect that the cats didn’t give a monkeys about the view of the Eiffel Tower but this is Gabrielle’s blog so let’s concentrate on her.

And, just to prove that Gabrielle can see the Eiffel Tower from her balcony, here is a picture of Eiffel Tower from my… (although it could have been taken from anyone’s balcony, really?)

As if in answer, Gabrielle posts a photo to show My Street in Spring.

So, we know that, lets take a look at Things that make my heart happy where we can see the poor displaced cats (who are probably still grumpy about that 24 hour flight and all that Rabies jab/Micro-chipping stuff.  Cats NEVER FORGET, you know!), the aforementioned balcony, Gabrielle’s pink toenails but no sight of the Eiffel Tower.  Perhaps it was down for maintenance when she took those photos?

The Eiffel Tower aside (and there are a million inhabitants of Brittany who have never seen the bloody thing, let alone spend their time obsessing about whether they cas see it or not, from their balconies!), we get to learn, in a post called Brown Sugar — or, why Paris blows, that the coffee in Paris is sh*t!

To be fair, the rest of that post is a well reasoned essay on café society in Paris (and Melbourne) with some good photos and only a few swear words.

We get an insight into Gabrielle’s views on artistic sef-mutilation in Tattoo you? but surely I can’t be alone in wondering why she would have a tattoo of a pin-up/can-can girl with the Eiffel Tower in the background tattooed on her left bicep.  Unless, of course, the Eiffel Tower is there to make up for the disputed (in this blog at least), view from her balcony?

Leaving the Eiffel Tower stuff (for a moment) and reading through the rest of the blog we learn that Gabrielle has written many, many posts about American politics in general and President Obama in particular (of which My Crush? is just one example) and very few (well, only one, to be exact – Stop me before I kill someone) about Chopper Read.

Which, to my tortured little mind is entirely the wrong way round?

By the way, if you search Google for Chopper Read in Paris, guess whose blog comes out on top?  Yes, Diary of an Adult Runaway!  Now, not a lot of people know that!

You know, there’s plenty more here that I could talk to you about – I’m just not too sure that I should talk to you about it.  There are a few swear words dotted around and some deeply philosophical stuff such as Biggest load of crap.  And mixed in, there’s a real insight into what is it like to be an Australian writer living in Paris.

And, not wishing to labour the whole Eiffel Tower thing, but…. in View from my balcony at we can clearly see that where, in any self respecting view from my Parisian balcony photograph, you would expect an Eiffel Tower (or two?), there is, in fact, a windmill!

Now, I could spend all day trying to track down the missing Eiffel Tower but….

If any of this interests you (and I have to admit, it intrigues the hell out of me!), you should amble down to Diary of an Adult Runaway and take a look for yourself.  You may not find any answers but just asking the questions should be a whole lot of fun!

And me?  Well I’m not all too sure about that view of the Eiffel Tower from my balcony bit.  I have a sneaking suspicion that it might just be an example of real-estate speak!  Perhaps if you stand on a ladder or hang from the roof by your (pink) toenails, you might get a glimpse.

I’m reminded of that Fawlty Towers episode and would thus say to any doubters…. “What do you expect?  Krakatoa erupting in the background?” (I think you may need to be English and a John Cleese fan to understand that one!)

All the best

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