Photo: Gare de Lyon
Tuesday September 24th 2013, 9:19 am
Filed under: daily life,paris,photos


This photo was taken from the entrance of Le Big Ben Bar in Paris’ train station, Gare de Lyon.

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New Radars
Wednesday April 17th 2013, 9:24 am
Filed under: advice,cars/bikes/etc,daily life,news,tips,travel tip


Just when you’re beginning to spot all the radars on the road, these show up. The new radars they’re installing all over France are higher up than the old box ones and they can do much more than their predecessors. For example, not only will they flash you if you’re speeding by it, they can also measure the distance between you and another car (so the tailgater, whether a local or not, will get ticketed). They come in two sets so they also can measure your speed based on the distance between the two radars. The ones we noticed were about 5 kilometers apart. In other words, if you’re not speeding when you pass the first radar but begin to speed afterward, if your average speed is above the limit you will get ticketed because the second radar is also watching you and clocks you. This means you can get ticketed even though you’re not speeding by the radars (but were in-between). I’m not explaining this very well but simply watch your speed and keep an eye out for these new radars. Of course, if you never speed while driving, you have nothing to worry about.

radar and flash
I’m not advocating that you join the ranks of formula one drivers (please drive safely!), and I realize that it’s best to stay within the legal speed limits. However, sometimes we’re not sure of the speed limit. It’s merely a heads-up because frankly, we just need to know.

For what it’s worth, there are surely apps to let you know where radars are and/or where you can inform them of new radar locations.

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How to Score Big Flour Tortillas in France
Sunday March 03rd 2013, 5:28 pm
Filed under: daily life,food and drinks,products,tips


At some point in time (I don’t know when because I wasn’t paying attention), the kebab places in France branched out and offered kebabs wrapped in flour tortillas (they call galettes) or inside the usual pita pocket bread. It made me realize that big tortillas were available in France somewhere! I had to find some for me to use at home. These are the large, flour tortillas that you’d find wrapped around a yummy burrito somewhere in the Mission district in San Francisco. You know, the gordos! They seemed impossible to find in France. The small, dried out tortillas in the supermarkets here just don’t do the trick.

So how can you get these tortillas since they still do not offer them in the markets? The most logical answer: your kebab place!


I got these (in the photo) from our kebab guy. They’re labeled as Dürüm ekmeği, which I think means (durum) wheat flour (wrapping) bread in Turkish. There are 18 halal tortillas and there are no trans-fats and they are easily freezable according to the packaging. Just make sure you place parchment paper in between each tortilla when freezing. I measured them (yes I have a ruler!) and they are 12 inches in diameter. Exactly one foot! Hmmm.

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Dialogue Entre Martine Aubry, Harlem Désir et Jean-Marc Ayrault
Wednesday October 31st 2012, 9:25 am
Filed under: daily life,dialogue,people,politics

Martine Aubry, Harlem Desir et Jean-Marc Ayrault
…and to think our hard-earned tax euros are going to the French government so they can continue to torment us in our daily lives…

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A Day in the Life in Annecy (video)
Tuesday September 18th 2012, 3:59 pm
Filed under: a day in the life,daily life,nature,Rhône-Alpes,travel and places,video

There are so many gorgeous places in France, it’s hard for us to see all of them – especially if we keep returning to one place. We can’t help it. We find ourselves going back often to Annecy and its surrounding areas. We sat by the lake and I turned on my camera to capture the moment.

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