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Boulevardier

“Journeys are the midwives of thought.” — Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel — Alain de Botton calls the final section of his book, simply, Return. And it was to that section that I turned, despite having only read … Continue reading

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Out on the Surface of Life

“I do things quite purposefully now to get out on the surface of life.” — Alice Munro, on her retirement from writing — I saw many performances in Paris – contemporary theatre, modern dance, a ballet, a concert of Fado … Continue reading

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Please Queue Here for Butterbeer

Since I first discovered them I have loved the Harry Potter books, have been fascinated by J.K. Rowling, and have seen all eight films. What I love most about the phenomenon is that books are at the root of it. … Continue reading

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This Moment of June

“In people’s eyes, in the swing, tramp, and trudge; in the bellow and the uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high … Continue reading

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A Little More Magic

It’s hard to capture the magic of Paris, although I tried a hundred and nine times. Here are some of those attempts. There was a little magic waiting in London, too, once I managed to get here (there was a … Continue reading

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