• Yes, mushroom farming in Paris is really a thing
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    Mushroom Farming in Paris

    Yes, mushroom farming in Paris is really a thing. High rise housing, abandoned 1970s underground car parks and bio farming may seem unlikely companions, but La Caverne urban mushroom farm is a phenomenon defying all expectations.

  • A Gare Du Nord Facelift
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    A Gare Du Nord Facelift

    A Gare du Nord facelift is already underway but this week saw the CNC Commission approve additional plans to extend Europe’s busiest station. Overturning a previous decision rejecting expansion, the ruling has got Parisians hot under the collar at the…

  • The Wallace Fountains of Paris
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    The Wallace Fountains of Paris

    Iconic emerald green, cast iron Wallace fountains are peppered around Parisian streets and parks. Designed and financed by an Englishman, a Francophile at that, these Neo Renaissance style fountains wear the name of Sir Richard Wallace. Way ahead of his…

  • The E-Scooter Has Arrived
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    The E-Scooter Has Arrived

    Paris has recently been invaded. By e-scooters, or “trottinettes” as they are referred to by Parisians and not everyone is happy about it. Le e-scooter Start Up est arrivé Pioneered in San Francisco, micro mobility is the most rapidly expanding…

  • Paris & A Heatwave that is "Too Much."
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    Paris & A Heatwave that is “Too Much.”

    Paris is hot. Très hot. The beginning of this week brought with it yet another heatwave and a red weather warning for, erm, heat. Living as I do, in the UK Lake District, a red weather alert means something entirely…

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    Le Shopping

    It’s impossible to live in Paris without doing le shopping at some point. My neighbourhood in Montmartre has a supermarket on every corner, so it seems only right that I should acquaint myself with a few. I don’t mind admitting…

  • Paris, at last. My new front door.
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    Paris, at last

    The week before leaving for Paris I worked in London, Oxford and Birmingham. Sunday night I was back in London ready for le early 07.55 Eurostar and Paris, at last. A wave of panic I think that I was so…

  • Henry Miller & Juicy Couture in Clichy. How sometimes there's no such thing as a free trip to Paris.
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    Henry Miller & Juicy Couture in Clichy

    Part of my Montmartre preparation involves reading anything and everything vaguely related to Paris. This week has somehow managed to throw Henry Miller & Juicy Couture in Clichy into the mix. Paris & a Hair Cut The book I finished…

  • An Airbnb neophyte in Paris.
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    Airbnb neophyte

    Well, I couldn't very well have a title that said 'Airbnb virgin' could I? That's just an open invitation to Russian spambots to do what they're best at. But yes, this is my first Airbnb experience. I am, as they…

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    Could I really live in Paris?

    Ah. The joys of being self employed. You’re the boss. You’re independent. You get to choose when you work. If the office politics stink? Well you only have yourself to blame. The downside? Sometimes people don’t pay you. At all.…