Category Archives: Paris

An implausible anecdote about Marcel Proust

“…Proust himself had said that he wrote the opening and closing paragraphs of À la recherche one after the other, and then just filled in the other 1.2 million words in the middle.” Salmon, Peter. An Event, Perhaps (p. 110). … Continue reading

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Coco Chanel: Nazi Collaborator

Chanel1 had always had a series of influential lovers of various nationalities, so it was natural that during the German occupation the lover should be German: Baron Hans Günther von Dincklage, a diplomat with intelligence connections. After the war, Chanel, … Continue reading

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Paris, Our Last Day.

After a typical French breakfast of croissants (bland, cardboard on steroids with peculiar  bits on the side) we all made our way with our luggage to the Gare du Nord station to leave the cases in the left luggage store … Continue reading

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More Paris.

The dirty brick with the equally dirty windows looked down on the dingy street with cars parked both sides, so close together none could escape without the French “bumper shuffle”. Our close knit bunch of five couples were on the … Continue reading

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