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About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.

Faubourg 34—Our “Local Place”

Learning to be a local at Faubourg 34, situated at 34 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre (9th) The last few times we were in Paris we’ve stayed at the Hotel Aida Opera (rue Richer, in the 9th) and have been very happy … Continue reading

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Le Dome, Dijon

After wandering around Les Halles Market in Dijon for a couple of hours and being stimulated by all the wonderful produce and foods displayed there it was definitely time for lunch. All along the edge of the square in which Les … Continue reading

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More Markets: Dijon’s Les Halles

Dijon, France: More than Mustard While you’re in Dijon, be sure to visit Les Halles, one of France’s largest and best-known markets. It’s in the heart of Old Town, not far from the Place Darcy, with the start of rue de … Continue reading

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More Wonderful Sculptures in Paris

As you probably know by now, we love outdoor art and outdoor sculptures. So, we were delighted to find another one in the Tuileries Garden that we hadn’t seen, or noted, before. It’s on the side of the Tuileries Garden that … Continue reading

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Moving in Dijon in December

Dijon in December Early December: Signs of Christmas were all over Dijon—street decorations, decorated Christmas trees, pretty lights, a Christmas market. On our first full day on that visit, we started at Place Darcy on a special walk called The … Continue reading

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Covered Food Markets in Paris: La Chapelle

Covered Food Markets in Paris (All the photos are from La Chapelle) Besides tracking down the secret corners of Paris, or the quiet gardens, or the angels on buildings, my husband and I also love to find new markets, both … Continue reading

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Not a Station, but a Restaurant

Victoria Station, the Wagon Restaurant 11 Blvd Montmartre, opposite the Musee Grevin. Metro: Grands Boulevards, Line 8 or 9. This restaurant advertises its specials as pizzas au feu de bois (cooked on a wood fire) and grillades au feu de … Continue reading

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