Posts Tagged ‘ paris ’
Help Londoners find a name for their bikes
6 responses - Posted 07.30.10

London gets its own bike scheme today. Finally. Hurrah. It’s modelled on the Bixi here in Montreal, and for that reason I wrote a comparative piece for the Guardian today: In Montreal’s tracks. There’s a lot of cynicism floating around right now, but I have no doubt they will catch on. Londoners are, by nature, […]

Meet Jim Haynes: Paris host gets his own tv advert
3 responses - Posted 12.29.09

One of my standout meets of 2009 was with Jim Haynes at one of his legendary Parisian Sunday dinners. News reached me the other day that Jim has been used as the face of the After Eights Christmas adverts in the UK. I immediately dropped him a line and he told me the experience was […]

Secret suppers: where to dine with locals worldwide
3 responses - Posted 01.29.09

What could make you feel more at home when travelling than an invite to dine at someone’s house? It sure beats a restaurant for making an experience relaxed and personal. But how do you go about getting such invites? Is the only option to make unsubtle hints to people you’ve just met in a bar […]

Going local in Paris, part 2
2 responses - Posted 01.24.09

Published in today’s Guardian: an account of my meeting with the so-called godfather of travel-networking, Jim Haynes. Every Sunday since the mid-70s, Jim has opened his Paris apartment for any traveller that cares to join him for dinner. An estimated 120,000 have done it so far. I think I am slightly in love with Jim […]

Going local in Paris, part one
no responses - Posted 11.10.08

Also in Sat’s locals special in the Guardian was my account of a recent B&B visit in Paris. It follows below and is part of a larger piece on tips on where to stay around the world. Françoise was a fun host and I was impressed with the agency, While I was in town […]


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