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paris  Life in Paris   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAs the sun is shining here in Brittany (yes, sad as it might seem, I’m actually starting to miss the rain!) I thought I’d take a little trip (electronically, of course), to Paris and catch up on some of the blogs there.

Logical? You really shouldn’t expect logic on this site!

I decided to start off with Life in Paris – a blog by a 32 year old English guy called Gavin who, to use his own words, describes the blog as… “The life and adventures of a 32 year old Englishman (the proverbial ’starving artist’) who has come to find himself in Paris without plan or intention of ever setting out to live in a city, let alone a French one.”

Now, I have to say that this isn’t one of the more frequently updated blogs around (and I have emailed the author to complain!!!!) but the quality of the prose and the standard of the photography make it, in my book, a must-review site!

So, where’s the obligatory Dog Poo post?

Being a Paris based blog, I expected a big steaming Dog Poo post and I wasn’t disappointed!




In fact, if you search for Paris Street Merde on Google, Streets of Merde comes top!

Now, that’s something to be proud of!

Gavin doesn’t come up with any solution to the problem and ends the article (I am quoting his own words) with … the brown knolls of foul odour will adorn the streets of Paris for years to come!

Gavin doesn’t leave the subject there.  In Random Paris Musings he threatens to  (and once again, I quoting directly from his blog)… “take a video camera and film one particular street very close to me that I take on my way to La Poste. It may just pass for the biggest turd infested street in Paris, and with no exaggeration there is something to avoid every one to two steps.”

Let’s get to the naughty bits….

Being based in Paris, I thought to myself, this blog has got to have some naughty bits, hasn’t it?

Once again, I wasn’t wrong!

In Paris Erotica and the Orsay Museum we are treated to a cacophony of nudity and female genitalia (I do know that cacophony is not the right word to use but… I get so little chance to get to a thesaurus these days…) which warms us up nicely for the revelation, in Bois de Boulogne. Lost in Neuilly that nude sunbathing can sometimes be witnessed in the Bois de Boulogne!

What about the culture, then?

I’m not really too sure what to make of Bercy Paris, stiltskin dancers and olive oil but, upon reflection, feel that it sits rather better here than in the naughty bits section.

Now lets get down to the serious business – food!

There’s only so much Doggy doings, naughty bits and history that one can take (well, me, that is) without getting hungry.  And getting hungry is an occupational hazard for anyone who reviews Life in France blogs as a hobby!

However, I’m not sure how much Gavin understands about the art of eating well as, in Eating Snails in France – the art of avoidance he seems to be rather wary of this cullinary delight?

He does make up for it, though, when it comes to talking about Choucroute Garnie – Alsace where he at least manages to try, to use his own words… “shredded cabbage, left to ferment by various lactic acid bacteria!”

Yum, yum is all I can say – that’ll put hairs on your dangly bits!

Perhaps a few more visits to E. Dehillerin – Paris’ Oldest Kitchen Shop will have Gavin serving up Pigs Trotters and Andouillette?

So, what’s Life in Paris really like?

Well, as we find out in Paris Neighbour Wars – doormat abuse it’s always the poor doormats that suffer, isn’t it?  So, if you’re thinking of using your washing machine after 9pm, take some advice and buy your doormat a flak jacket (or parachute!)

In Notre Dame, cannibalism and opera we are advised to visit Paris in the autumn.  I’m not sure if this has anything to do with the quality or flavour of the meat but, it does seem like good advice anyway!

And in the useful guide to The Paris Metro we get to learn that there are female flashers on the Paris underground – why don’t they put that sort of stuff in the guide books?

Suffering from a Man Cold (and women will never, never understand how bad that can be!), the author gets rushed to hospital (having previously lain half-naked in front of three Paris firemen – some people do have the strangest of hobbies, don’t they?)  You can read all about that in French Hospitals, and City Rat Race Stress – personally, I try to avoid all that medical stuff but, as the author says… “If you’re going to fall victim to tetany, it seems France is the place to be!”

Summing up….

You should really start by looking at the first post, The ‘how’ and ‘why’ of moving to Paris and, from there, just branch out (always keeping a careful eye out for Dog Poo on the pavement and nude sunbathers in the Bois de Boulogne) wherever you wish.

Wherever you end up, you won’t be disappointed – Life in Paris is a very interesting blog.

And me?  Well, I’m going to visit The Medieval Town of Provins and then go and have a roll about in the Paris Snow!

All the best

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