Month: January 2011

Protests Against Hosni Mubarak, Paris

The chants were decisively personal – against Hosni Mubarak and his autocratic style of government. In the vicinity of the Egyptian Embassy in Paris, calls for him to step down were communicated clearly and left little room for doubt as to what protestors were calling for: – a change at the head of Egypt’s government: Here are a few images taken from my mobile phone, not all of them are quite clear – but they give a sense of the very broad support that Egyptians at home enjoy among their compatriots in Paris and several other supporters of their cause. Chants in Arabic, mostly speaking directly against Hosni Mubarak… More angst at the Egyptian Embassy, Paris… Random Images of the Protest…

Fashion Week!

…in a world far away from exams, term papers, research reports – it is Paris Fashion Week! And, not one to disappoint, one designer that I have always been curious about – John Galliano did not disappoint – he unveiled one of the weirdly wnderful creations he is famous for, this year in the form of a wandering vagabond. I remember looking at some of his work at a very young age trying to figure out how his creative processes lead to such eccentric outcomes. This year only served to increase my curiosity abour Gallliano …click here.

Saint-Christophe

Église Saint-Christophe de Créteil from George on Vimeo. Sainte-Christophe, an intimate, beautiful church built in the 12th and 13th Centuries. One of the oldest pieces of architecture in the region around Paris…loved it!:-)

"Fave" Classic books on Paris

One of the advantages of traveling is catching up on reading – and especially on subjects you love but don;t get round to do so while in the ‘rat race”. So, I took the time away to read old books on Paris and these were my favourite classic titles: Thomas Okey – The Story of Paris: insightful book set in early 20th Century Paris. Paris: with Pen and Pencil, David W Bartlett: amazing depiction of a very old (“when Louis Napoleon was president of the Republic” and when Napolen III was emperor of France), by a Londoner. Fantastic sketches of the city! The Paris Sketch book by William Makepeace Thackeray – another fantastic collection of sketches and an interesting insight into 19th Century Europe and France. Loved this! This one was not quite exactly and solely about Paris, per se but inextricably linked to the city: Matilda Betham-Edwards’ “East of Paris” And the reading list for coming weeks will include:“Paris as it was and as it is” by Francis W Blangdon“A street in PAris and …

A warm welcome back to Paris – Chez Gladines Restaurant

After an absence from Paris, and getting to take in some sun in a much warmer part of the world, it’s good to be back in Paris. And what better way to return to PAris’ wintry climate than a hearty, warm meal at really good prices? Chez Gladines a t30 Rue des Cinq Diamants in the 13th arrondissement. The place is always well patronized – code for “it is always packed – so be prepared to wait if you go out in a large group”. The prices are arguably the lowest you will find anywhere – and all transactions here are strictly cash (no bank cards accepted). Indeed, at the amounts that they charge for meals, large wads of cash are not necessary. Bearing all of these factors in mind, I went out for a 26 euro dinner for two people, including wine – which was the most filling, heart and body warming meal I’ve had in a while. And a fantastic, down-to-earth way to return to the city!

Catching up on the Classics: Books on Paris (1)

This week my university studies have taken me far from Paris – all the way to West Africa. And while the programme is demanding and the schedule is a bit tight – we had a respectably long flight here and have honorable slots of personal time – so what better to do than (of course apart from skype-ing family) read books that I’ve always wanted to read. Of late I’ve had an itch to read ‘classic books’ – well, it’s not quite an involuntary impulse to read old books but rather than that I finally gained access to Amazon.com’s list of classic books published before 1923 that are now free of copyright and can be dowlnaded onto a kindle or ipad for free. Naturally, I went wild on amazon and downloaded every classic that I’ve always wanted to read and never quite got round to getting hold off. Among them is a stash of classics on Paris that I’ve been asolutely unable to stop reading – and a favourite thus far has been Thomas Okey’s …