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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.

New to Us in Paris: La Paella

Paris has thousands (at least) of places to eat, in all categories and prices. For new visitors it’s likely they are following a guidebook and a recommendation from someone. We still do that sometimes, as a couple of our non-mainstream … Continue reading

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Chalk Artist

“Life without art is stupid” Paris, the same as many cities around the world that play host to thousands/millions of tourists, is well known for street buskers and entertainers, all hoping to earn a few coins from those passing by. … Continue reading

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Tuileries Garden Statues

Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries) I’ve written about the Tuileries Garden in Paris before, but these gardens are so lovely and so popular that I want to feature them again, although here I’ll focus on a few of the statues … Continue reading

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Twinings Tea Room in Paris

Twinings Tea Room Feel like a little bit of England in the heart of Paris? Feel a hankering for the tea-room atmosphere and some tasty scones? Well, this is just the place. I have been into the WH Smith English … Continue reading

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Cafe near the Grand Palais, Paris

Le Grand Palais Restaurant,  21 Ave D. Franklin Roosevelt If you are planning on visiting the Grand Palais and are looking for somewhere for lunch or a snack, this is a good place. We were going to a special exhibit … Continue reading

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Quiet Places in Paris: The Swiss Valley

Quiet Corners of Paris: The Swiss Valley One of the pleasures of wandering around Paris is finding small squares and gardens in unexpected places. These quiet green spaces add another dimension to this beloved city, which can feel frenetic and over-run … Continue reading

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Vannes: Crêperie St Vincent

We discovered galettes while living in Paris and have always loved them as a pleasant lunch. We knew that the probable origin of this tasty dish is Brittany, so on our first visit to Brittany we were eager to try … Continue reading

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