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Paris

I remember the first time I visited Paris. It was everything I hoped it would be. Charming. Romantic. Just like the movies. On the day I arrived I did what I normally do on the day I arrive anywhere. I boarded a red bus tour. It’s a quick and easy way to get the lay of the land to map out what you really want to do for the rest of your stay. I ticked all the boxes on that trip. Went up the Eiffel. Ate a crêpe. Got shouted at by a local. Ate a crêpe. Got lost on the subway. Ate a crêpe. Shopped on the Champs Elysées (for a t-shirt that said “Paris”). Ate McDonalds (maybe it tastes different in Paris?). Saw the Mona Lisa. Ate a crêpe. I left the city 5 days later with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Thinking that I had seen all of Paris. Loving her even more. And accepting that I would never again be able to stand the sight of crêpes. I’ve been lucky enough to return to …

Café a Brasileira

The Café a Brasileira (the Brazilian Café) is one of the oldest and most famous coffee shops in Lisbon, Portugal – a favoured watering-hole of intellectuals and academics back in the day. And because of those facts, a tourist Mecca. We were lucky to pop in on a less busy morning. And even so, service was shocking. I got the sense that the waiter expected me to feel lucky & thankful to be attended to in such a fine establishment. Having said that, I did enjoy myself. It’s a beautiful space and a must-see on your visit to Lisbon. If only to see this hole-in-the-wall newspaper stand on the way out…