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Little Brown Pen - Paris

paris  Little Brown Pen   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceLittle Brown Pen is Nichole Robertson’s blog.

Nichole describes herself as a… “Girl of many words and few exclamation points, married to a fantastic man named Evan, and we have two young sons, Alexander and Liam. I rarely shop, travel often, and would choose a night in a new town over a new pair of jeans any day.”

Now, looking at all the comments on the About Page and noticing the 1176 followers on Google Friend Connect, I realise that I am the last person in the world to discover this blog!

And, I’m guessing that, being the last one to the party, everyone knows each other and all about Little Brown Pen and this will be an easy review for me.

However, just in case any of you have been stuck up the Orinoco river for the last three years (and thus out of WiFi range), detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure or otherwise unable to connect to the internet, I’ll give you a little run down on this blog so that you can catch up and will know what everyone else is talking about at parties these days.

What color is your dream?

For those of you who have recently been abducted by aliens and are using that as an excuse for not coming across this blog earlier, let me tell you about the colours of Paris….

Firstly there’s some Redhere (including the cheeriest fruit stand ever), here and here (isn’t that first photo, of the restaurant, so typically French?)

Then there’s some White – I wonder how jealous the 205 feels, sat behind the Mini and the TR6?

And finally, there’s some Bluehere and here (note that blue bicycle.  Blue ones go faster, you know!)

There’s also some Gray, some Brown and some Marigold too!

Be careful with the marigold one though.  It smells like someones had a widdle there?

Those Frenchies!  They don’t care!

Are you hungry?

If the reason you’ve never come across this blog before is that you’ve spent the last six months stuck down a Chilean Tin Mine, you’ll probably be rather hungry.

Don’t worry, there’s plenty to eat here!

But first, don’t tell anyone… We’ve got some Contraband!

Yes!  Nichole is that girl who stuffs her suitcase with 5 pounds of butter to smuggle it into the country!

You know, the one your parents always warned you about!

I bet some of that would go nicely on some Waffles?  Am I making you drool?

Waffles, salted butter and Nutella!  What could possibly be better?

Flan perhaps?  I have to admit that I am a bit of a Flan fan!

And you try saying that after a few Ricards!

How about some nice Tarte Tatin to finish off?  Best try it roughly about 5 minutes before Nichole turns it to a black crisp?

Treasure hunting in Paris….

I’m glad the medication seems to be working better for you now.  And how long’s it been since you had your little turn and bit that police dog on the nose and then chased those poor Gendarmes up the road whilst swinging that cucumber and shouting Bend over Bertie?

And they didn’t have internet in the sanatorium?  Probably better that way?  So, you won’t have heard about Little Brown Pen then?  Everyone’s talking about it, you know!

Let me tell you all about it….

One of the lovely things about Paris (and one of the reasons why people never confuse it with Basingstoke), is that it is full of Hidden Treasure.

Little streets hidden away that you could walk past and never notice; Lush little corners that the tourist guides don’t tell you about!

There are Chalkboards everywhere and Blossoming Banks in the spring.

Yes this is Paris.

The Paris of Rue de Charonne and Wisteria where Hemingway once walked.

The Paris of the Rainbow Metro and the Sweetness and Light of Notre Dame.

Even if you have spent the last five years in a mental institution (probably the only reasonable excuse for not having found out about Little Brown Pen earlier), there’s no way you’d mistake Paris for Basingstoke – even the Rain is different here!

So, summing up…..

This is pretty pointless, isn’t it?

You all know about Little Brown Pen don’t you?

You’ve known about it all your life?

I am actually the very last person in Western Europe to discover this blog and everyone else is laughing at me!

So, there’s point in suggesting that you visit Little Brown Pen?  You probably do that every day anyway!

Still, if you do happen to have a distressed Great Aunt Edna who has only just joined the Information Age, perhaps you could suggest to her (on my behalf) that she visits Little Brown Pen?

She’ll have a hell of a time – you know she will!

And me?  Well, I’m off for a Threesome and then I’m going to Coquelicot for some much needed sustenance.

And then, just then, I may just dare to show my head in public in the forlorn hope that not too many people point at me and jeer… “Hey, look at that guy!  He’s the last person in Christendom to discover Little Brown Pen!”

All the best

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  • By Nichole, September 3, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

    Hi Keith,

    Your blog post popped up in my google alerts. I clicked through, and I have to say, you made me laugh out loud!

    Thanks for the laughs, and thanks for the kind things you said.

    Have a great weekend,

  • By Dancing Branflake, September 3, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    Oh, I love her blog and your review of it! It seriously makes me want to pack my bags and butter and set off to Paris.

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 3, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    Hi Nichole

    I’m so, so sorry that it took me so long to find and review your blog.

    You see, I was abducted by aliens (and they didn’t let me use my laptop) and then I got sent to prison (and they didn’t let me use my laptop) and then I got stuck up the Orinoco for ten years (and the Wifi coverage was crap!) and, anyway… that’s my excuse!

    All the best


  • By Keith Eckstein, September 3, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

    Hi Tiffany

    When are you going to move to France so that I can review your blog?

    Personally, I don’t dance, although I do love watching ballet (actually, I like watching ballerinas!) but I wish I could.

    Unfortunately, I had a bit of an accident when I was younger (details here…. http://www.atasteofgarlic.com/provence-alpes-cote-dazur/the-walls-in-france and, as a result, can’t dance any more.

    All the best


  • By Nichole, September 3, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

    Keith –

    So funny. I shared the link via twitter (I am @littlebrownpen) and your write up was a hit!

    I’ll be back.


  • By Keith Eckstein, September 3, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

    Right Nichole – you’ve just shared the link via Twitter and now the whole world knows that I’m the last person in the world to discover Little Brown Pen?

    Actually, I’m rather looking forward to being abducted by aliens, being a guest at Her Majesty’s Pleasure and then spending ten years stuck up the Orinoco!

    That way, I’ll avoid all the shame!

    All the best


  • By Genie, September 3, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

    Yeah Keith, where have you been?? Under a rock or just looking for doggie poopoo? Just kidding!

    Nichole has many readers who anxiously await her next posting. She has great humor and exquisite photos. I love the color series and her ability to see beyond the obvious.

    So glad that you reviewed this wonderful blog!

  • By Virginia, September 4, 2010 @ 4:05 am

    What? You’ve not reviewed Nichole’s fab blog before now?? Oh Keith darlin’ you have been hiding under a truffle peut-être?? Nicole is a terrific photographer and I love everything she photographs. I”ve got plenty of her “loot” to prove it.

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