Monthly Archives: February 2012

My Croatian Itinerary – Part 2: Milan

Part 1 ended as we left Castello de la Sarre on our way to Milan. Hotel Vecchia Milano turned out to be somewhat old and decrepit despite the photos on the website. I gave up staying in the “oldest hotel” … Continue reading

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Paris Apartments – Travel Tips – Baguettes & Boulangeries

I keep reading all these interesting posts on other people’s blogs so I’ve decided that on Wednesdays, I’ll bring you some snippets so that you can enjoy them too and perhaps discover some blogs you didn’t know. Thank you to … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Travel Photos on Tuesday – Herculaneum, Italy

Like many people, I had been fascinated by Pompei since I was a child, but I had never heard of Herculaneum (Ercolano in Italian) which was also destroyed when Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. Pompeii was impressive, but it was … Continue reading

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Apple Crumble!!

Hi! You may know about me a bit, I’m the Aussie son who lives in Sydney, nicknamed Leonardo in this blog. You may have read my recent interview with my Mum on what goes on under the streets of Paris! … Continue reading

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Who’s Kevin Rudd?

After living in France for more than 35 years, I’m not sure I really know who I am any more. I mean in terms of nationality. When we go back to Australia on holidays, I feel a bit odd because … Continue reading

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Leonardo: Paris Below the Surface

Have you ever wondered what lies under the beautiful streets of Paris? Leonardo tells all in my latest contribution to My French Life, the online magazine & global community of French & francophiles. “Most people have heard of the catacombs, which are actually an ossuary. … Continue reading

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Powerwalking down to Pont Neuf – Part 3

Last time, in Part 2, I told you about Saint Germain l’Auxerrois but the time before, in Part 1, I explained about Pont Neuf actually being the oldest bridge in Paris. After leaving Saint Germain, you turn left along the … Continue reading

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Sewing Machines I Have Known

Last Sunday when we were on another dépôt-vente excursion, I came across two Singer treadle sewing machines, one of which seemed in very good condition and a bargain at 40 euros. A nostalgia trip of course. My first sewing machine … Continue reading

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Bus 72 to the Eiffel Tower

I had to go to the Australian Embassy today and the weather was so extraordinary – 8°C with a bright blue sky – that I took bus 72 in rue de Rivoli, just opposite the Louvre. I tried to use … Continue reading

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Slow Walking on Rue du Louvre

Now if you happen to walk down Rue du Louvre, with your back to the Seine, you should stay on the left side until you come to the remains of a stone wall that is actually part of the fortress … Continue reading

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