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October 9, 2014

“Totalement Désarçonnés” — The best graffiti in town

Posted on October 9, 2014 by pennedinparis

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling distinctly jaded by the news right now. The global ISIS crisis, a possible Ebola pandemic (it’s in America), democracy clampdown in Hon...

June 2, 2014

(Published in The Malay Mail on 2 June 2014)

 

Paris is the hottest holiday destination on the planet, welcoming more than 30 million visitors a year who come to bask in everything the City of Light has to offer.

 

I’ve crossed off some of the 59 monuments listed in my Par...

April 24, 2014

(Published in The Malay Mail 25 January 2014)

 

It’s been a tough January in my household, but not as tough as the behind-the-scenes discussions at the Élysée Palace, home to France’s most unpopular leader ever, President François Hollande. Our worries — hubby about...

April 24, 2014

(Published in The Malay Mail on 6 February 2014)

 

I don’t know if you have been following the ‘quenelle’ row here in France and, more recently, in Britain.

 

Take a look at the front page of tabloid Le Parisien from last Wednesday (above). That’s the ‘quenelle’ being perf...

April 23, 2014

(Published by The Malay Mail on 17 September 2013)

 

The magic of Disneyland Paris is just one queue away.

 

And I am still feeling cheated a week on from the “experience”.

 

Euro Disney, or Disneyland Paris as it was renamed, featured high on the kids’ list of...

April 23, 2014

(Published in The Malay Mail on 10 September 2013)

 

Or as they say here: “C’est la rentrée!” Thank goodness for the start of new school year. I’ve been on a serious countdown for it to arrive, bursting to pack my now feral as rabid coyotes off to the school gates. R...

July 16, 2013

For sun-blessed Malaysians the summer solstice probably means diggly-squat. Twelve hours or so of equatorial sunlight and darkness pitch up as regular as a teh tarik is to a roti canai.

 

For Parisian teens this astronomical event, falling on Friday 21 June this year, se...

June 23, 2013

It is so clichéd, but a trip to Mr Eiffel’s tower does tend to enjoy pole position on bucket lists of places to visit in Paris. I’ve just ticked it off mine with close friends visiting from India.

 

The Eiffel Tower dominates the Champ de Mars gardens and attracts c...

June 19, 2013

I’ve just read Olivier Magny’s ‘Stuff Parisians Like’, written by the young French sommelier and owner of the successful Ô Chateau wine bar in Paris, in a bid to appear au fait (knowledgeable) about the joie du vivre here in the leafy banlieues (suburbs) of Paris. The...

June 19, 2013

May kicks off the start of the silly season of endless holidays in France. It’s called the month of ‘les ponts’ (French for bridges), which alludes to the skillful way workers take time off in between May bank holidays and the weekends.

 

Off with the beret hats, he...

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