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…

On being a shoplifter

“Browsing bookshops then buying online is a ‘genteel form of shoplifting’”, this according to David Nicholls, in an article in The Guardian from some weeks ago. He was speaking at the London Book Fair and bringing attention to the disappearance of bookstores, on how their numbers are dwindling more and more in neighbourhoods as the…

On putting down roots as an expat

 It is Spring and in readying myself for a new season I have been tossing, restoring and organising. The closets, the book shelves, the digital storage. On the physical side, this has been a fairly quick and easy process – we live in an apartment, so the closets and bookshelves were done within days. On…

Putting the words on a page

In the past week I have had numerous conversations with different people in my life about the challenges of ‘getting the words on paper’ or onto whatever medium. I have not been writing as often and as consistently as I would have liked. Last week my efforts were upended by a new computer and the…

Contemporary Art at Fondation Louis Vuitton

The sheer size of the Fondation Louis Vuitton is intimidating. Designed by Frank Gehry to look like ship’s sails, it  has an oddly space-ship like appearance in Bois de Boulogne. Inside, the vast collection of contemporary art, the installations, the various theatres reserved for seminars, ateliers and music concerts alike, is as equally intimidating. They…