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Splendour in the Grass 2015. There’s nothing quite like it!

Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, Australia.

Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, Australia.

If you don’t know what Splendour in the Grass is, you might be mistaken for thinking its some new, organic, hipster sweetner you add to hot drinks. Hot it most certainly is. It might be sweet but not in a sugary kind of way. It is however a music festival held each year in Byron Bay. There are over 100 artists featured this year headed up by Mark Ronson. Or if Florence + The Machine are more your thing, then they are there too. Peking Duk or Tame Impala? Or both? Check out this year’s line up here.

Tickets go on sale April 23 and they evaporate quickly. This year’s festival will be held on 24, 25 and 26 July.

Florence + The Machine

Florence + The Machine

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Mark Ronson

Catch Me if You Can

Love a good travel movie? Have you seen all these?

I love a good travel movie. For places that I have been, it is a great reminder of the sights and sounds of that particular place. For places that I am yet to travel, it whets my appetite for destinations yet uncovered. Conde Nast Traveller has published the 50 Best Movies of the past 50 years. What a list! Yes there are a few favourites of mine on there; Lost in Translation and the Grand Budapest Hotel. There are a few missing though. Eat, Pray, Love perhaps? The Best Little Marigold Hotel? What do you think?

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Window or Aisle seat? 

When selecting seats on your flight it’s worth considering the pros and cons about the aisle or window seat. We won’t talk about the middle seat – that is drawing the short straw. The window seat gives you the best view in the house. The aisle; quick exit and toilet access. It comes down to preference. I like the window on routes that are relatively short (under 5 hours) and/or routes that I haven’t travelled before. These pics were taken in Winter 2015 out of JFK, NY.  

     

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Did you say cheese? Yes please! 10 best cheese shops in Paris.

Conde Nast Traveller has just published their Top 10 cheese shops in Paris. I was so pleased to see that shop that I frequent when I visit Paris is on the list. I stay in a beautiful apartment very close to Rue Montorgueil. Located here is La Fermette. A beautiful shop with a great range of cheeses, reportedly around 300 different varieties. 403e4c48cce85226fa6a28aa071edac4france-cheese-market

We were introduced to some memorable offerings on our last visit. We can’t wait to return in July!

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

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

Originally posted on Tavola del Mondo:

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