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Newsletter from France October 2016



Hope you had a great week.

Last week I went to Paris to discover “unexpected Paris”, doing things that were really off the beaten track and finding a whole new bit of this wonderful city to fall in love with (some articles below about it and more next week!). When I got back, for once, all was calm, no sick animals, no problems at all and cats Ginger Roger and Hank Marvin He’s Always Starvin’ are 100% recovered from their recent illnesses!

As usual I ate far too much in Paris , my friends at the tourist office know all the best restaurants and bars to go to and well, you know, it’s sort of my job to eat and drink (I know, I know – what a job eh?!). On Saturday night, they took me for a surprise dinner before we hit the Nuit Blanche trail. If you’re wondering what this is well, it’s hard to describe but it’s like the craziest art festival I’ve ever been to, huge fun, really amazing art installations and very very Paris. Anyway they took me to the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac and there on the roof is a restaurant called Les Ombres and right next to it is the Eiffel Tower, the views are incredible. We had a great meal in this almost glass domed restaurant with the Iron Lady turning on her sparkly lights on the hour and everyone in the restaurant going “ooh and ah” each time it happened. I couldn’t help wondering if the chef gets depressed as no one does it quite as much as that when the food comes out!

It doesn’t matter how many times I go to Paris, I always find something new to love and it never ever gets boring going back to the same places. So much so, that I’m going back in two weeks’ time. I’ll be checking out a legendary restaurant in Montmartre, a fabulous concert venue, the equivalent of Harrods in Paris, a gorgeous hotel and a very special afternoon tea venue! It’s work. Honest.

Whatever you have planned for the weekend, I hope it’s fun and relaxing,

Best wishes and bisous from France,

Don’t miss this week:

How the art lab team at the Google Cultural Institute turned detective to uncover a secret left by Marc Chagall at the Paris Opera House using their mind-blowing technology…

Should I stay or should I go now: the lure of chateau life in France is calling me… maybe!

The French Evolution of Paris – a visit to the 13th arrondissement reveals the biggest city makeover since Haussman reorganised the city’s streets, putting it firmly on the tourist map

In Paris and it’s raining? Maybe the Museum of the history of Medicine will appeal! And if its sunny, perhaps head to the colourful rue Cremieux and discover a different view of Paris.

Perfect Autumn wine visit: the area of Le Loir, next to the La Loire, is wonderful for anyone who loves beautiful French countryside, friendly picturesque towns, wine and or a laid back break.

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