How do you like the Sacré-Coeur?

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If you’re in Montmartre, you really can’t miss the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Once you get above a certain point on the hill, it’s everywhere you look. Reach the top of a flight of steps, stop for a quick breath and lift …

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Montmartre: Artists, Writers and Petrolheads

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I didn’t think much of Moulin Rouge as a film, but I did like the depiction of Montmartre. Somehow, the idea of a village within Paris that was home to writers, painters, drinkers and artists seemed incurably romantic. And I’m …

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Life on a Bike Edge (Part II)

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I had a grand plan for my bike trip. In the true tradition of all grand plans, this naturally had one very major flaw. Before I left London, I borrowed Historic Paris Walks from my local library. I quite fancied …

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Is timing everything?

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If timing really is everything, then Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829) got it badly wrong. His 1809 Philosophie Zoologique pre-dates Darwin’s Origin of Species by 50 years (and influenced Darwin immensely), yet Lamarck is obscure by comparison. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck Lamarck’s pre-theory of …

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Life on a Bike Edge (Part I)

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On Wednesday morning, I decided to branch out, have a new experience, live life dangerously and..rent a bicycle. I mean, I’d hardly dare drive a car in Paris, so why did I think that cycling would be a stress-free experience? …

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Musée d’Orsay

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I’m ashamed to say that until today I’d never been to the Musée d’Orsay. Either I was in the wrong part of town, I had other things planned or the queue was unfeasibly long when I got there. Today, however, …

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