Mind the Gap! 150th birthday for the London Underground.

Yesterday the London Underground celebrated its 150th birthday. Google created a doodle that celebrated the opening of the underground in 1863. The first underground journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan Railway and although the seven original stations between Bishop’s Road and Farringdon Street are all still in use, only Edgware Road and Baker Street retain their Victorian-era names. Another 263 stations have been added over the years since 1863.

Mosaics by Eduardo Paolozzi created in 1984.

Mosaics by Eduardo Paolozzi created in 1984.

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These mosaics are featured at Tottenham Court Road station. They were beautifully created by Eduardo Paolozzi in 1984. Do you have a favourite station?

Bread in Paris: From the Ubiquitous Baguette to the Pain de Campagne, and all of the Batards In-Between

A baguette in Paris. More than bread – an experience!

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Let’s talk about bread, bebe.

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At any time of day, one can step onto the streets of Paris and spot at least three Parisians sporting a variety (or two) of fresh bread. A six-foot tall model in skin tight black leather pants and a shocking red lipstick wedges a traditional loaf under her arm on her way to a go-see. A homme with an effortless three-day-old beard and a blue blazer casually grips his pain aux lardon and nothing else. An elderly woman pushes her grocery cart with three couronne on the top shelf. No French meal is complete without a loaf, and no one says ‘non merci’ to a healthy helping. From fancy Fauchon to my neighborhood boulangerie, here are a few snapshots of Paris’ preferred nosh.

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A taste of Paris in Canberra? Only at the National Gallery of Australia.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. At the Moulin Rouge. Oil on canvas. 1892

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. At the Moulin Rouge. Oil on canvas. 1892

Feeling like your hit of Paris but can’t get there? Don’t worry, the National Galley of Australia is hosting the Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris and Moulin Rouge exhibition. The Australian public have never before had the opportunity to see a major retrospective exhibition devoted to the art of French 19th century artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in painting, drawing, posters and prints. Toulouse-Lautrec will examine the artist’s abilities as an acute observer of Parisian life, his skill as a draughtsman, his experimentation in composition and the brilliance of his technical execution in all media. For more information visit the NGA  website at www.nga.gov.au

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Woman with Black Boa. Oil on Card. 1892

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Woman with Black Boa. Oil on Card. 1892