France

Elephant No. 9: Paris

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This elephant is outside the Musée D’Orsay, in Paris. Here you can see me with my friend Zoe enjoying a bit of spring sunshine before a stroll along the Seine. I spent a few days in the French capital last week with my family and was generally stunned by a number of new architectural masterpieces that have opened recently, particularly the Fondation Louis Vuitton building and the new concert hall, the Philharmonie. But it’s always nice to revisit old friends too; below is me in front of the same elephant in 2010, aged 17. (more…)

Five days in France

I’m a big fan of the European short break – getting away from the UK for even a short amount of time can be very refreshing, and it is possible to pack a surprising amount into a few days. I’ve just got back from spending five days in France, split between Paris and Lyon (visiting friends in both places), and here are a few of my highlights – mainly food-related, what a surprise…

1) Brunch in Paris. My god do the French know how to do brunch: multiple courses, freshly squeezed orange juice, a mixture of normal brunch-y foods (i.e. a soft-boiled egg, excellent bread) with other more unusual things (i.e. chocolate tart, artichoke and chestnut soup) that I now feel SHOULD be standard breakfast fare. Was particularly surprised at the soup, as I’m not a big fan of artichoke normally but this was delish, also had the French chestnut sauce thing with yoghurt and liked it for the first time. Perhaps the English do make brunch like this, but I’ve certainly never seen anything like it – it took us about 3 hours to get through. (more…)