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Punjabi in Paris – Day 5 – Vast Versailles


So here we go again. Another travelogue. This time to a hunting cottage of the Kings of France. Now if you're thinking about a run down, ramshackle wooden cabin in the woods, remember: This is France It had a Revolution ( The Revolution ) yup! Capital T, Capital R. Long before the Ruskies, the French showed… Continue reading Punjabi in Paris – Day 5 – Vast Versailles

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Punjabi in Paris – Walking Woes


I'd known about the walking bit. In fact, I'd gone out of my way to buy some comfortable walking shoes. But, as the poet Burns said, the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley. It was entirely my fault and the fault of my map-reading skills. Apparently, I'd forgotten a lot in… Continue reading Punjabi in Paris – Walking Woes

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Punjabi in Paris – The Monastery at Mont St Michel


Day 9 of The Great Trip dawned bright, sunny and warm and off we went in our Renault 308 to Mont St Michel on the first leg of our Normandy trip. From the Paris suburb of Neuilly-Plaisance to Mont St Michel is a good 4 hour drive. We took the slightly northern route that skirted past Rouen… Continue reading Punjabi in Paris – The Monastery at Mont St Michel

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Punjabi in Paris – Normandy Notes 3


This is the concluding part of the Normandy sub-series within the Punjabi in Paris series. You can, of course, read Part 1 and Part 2. Part 2 has more pictures and even, hold your breath for this one, shaky videos!! We left Ste Mere Eglise after a late lunch / tea of fries, beer and… Continue reading Punjabi in Paris – Normandy Notes 3

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Punjabi in Paris – Normandy Notes 2


This is where we left off at the end of the first part of the Normandy Notes 1: We'd missed the morning's parachute drop re-enactment after an exciting and exhausting drive in. I was thinking wistfully about the stained glass windows of the church in Ste Mere Eglise. One of our regular readers had read… Continue reading Punjabi in Paris – Normandy Notes 2

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Punjabi in Paris – Normandy Notes 1


Yes, I do realize that Normandy is not in Paris and so, technically and pedantically speaking, the Punjabi can't be in Paris if he is in Normandy. You are quite right. Wrong, too. For it is entirely possible that he was in Paris when he wrote the Normandy Notes. In actual fact, he is writing… Continue reading Punjabi in Paris – Normandy Notes 1

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Punjabi in Paris – Groundwork and Gruntwork


<This is Part Three of the Punjabi in Paris series. Read the first two, too! Part 1 and Part 2 may be found, you guessed it right, congratulations!, by clicking on the words Part 1 and Part 2. Not these ones, the ones earlier in the sentence, the ones that are in blue, the cursor… Continue reading Punjabi in Paris – Groundwork and Gruntwork

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Punjabi in Paris – Final Frenzy


<Read earlier post here> Somewhere in the last week, The Beloved Bangalan, realized that we hadn't figured out the cost-benefit ratio of internal travel. Local transport within the city. Renting a car for intra-city travel made as much sense as driving your own car in New Delhi or Calcutta. I suspect a slight hesitation to… Continue reading Punjabi in Paris – Final Frenzy

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Paunchy Punjabi in Paris – Writer’s Intro


Well, there you are, my dear folks. I've been there and "done" Paris, but did not get a t-shirt. Most of them had glittering fronts that said "I {heart symbol} Paris" in small rhinestones and, as you already know by now (or should), rhinestones are not right for my idiom. The trip was stressful in… Continue reading Paunchy Punjabi in Paris – Writer’s Intro