Le Grand Bistro, Paris

So we found ourselves in the 7th arrondissement on a random Saturday morning. Early morning birthday soccer game for my son’s best friend, which was why we were in that neighbourhood. After which we decided we might as well have lunch nearby. We randomly picked Le Grand Bistro as we drove past it because “it looked…

The Art of the Brick

Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick exhibition is currently on at Porte de Versailles. It is incredible to see the talent that this lawyer-turned-artist has when it comes to creating these amazing sculptures – using nothing but Lego pieces. From Rodin’s Thinker to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa carefully crafted to astounding similarity to the…

When a default is not quite a default

 I have been watching the news and the reporting on Greece’s situation – at the moment the highlight is on it now officially being in arrears with its debt payments to it creditors. It is amusing to see the euphemism being applied to what is effectively a ‘failure to pay’ its debts being referred to…

Musée Picasso, Paris

I had friends from South Africa visiting Paris two weeks ago, and it was during our moments visiting the tourist spots and walking around Paris, that I felt that thrill I once did before I moved here. The old adage that living in a place is a far different reality from visiting it still holds…

A walk in Chinatown, Belleville

 A guided walking tour of Belleville a couple of weeks ago revealed a world I would otherwise not have stumbled upon. Belleville straddles the 13th and 20th arrondissements. I have only been as far as the Père Lachaise cemetery and the Hotel and Bar Mama Shelter. This tour revealed an entirely different side to the…