There had better be a good reason

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For setting the alarm for 4.45am on a Sunday morning! No really, there better had be. Fortunately, there was. It was an exclusive tour to Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock and the Cotswolds courtesy of my friends over at Viator. So here’s …

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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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