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Banlieues Bleues 2011

Posted by dan on February 23, 2011

Banlieues Bleues 2011

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Banlieues Bleues, an annual five-week festival of French and international music – jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, flamenco and world music – is about to begin next month. Some programs already start on the 1st of March, with the main festival events from the 11th of March till the 8th of April. The venues, including La Dynamo, are a bit out but can be reached conveniently by RER or other means. If you find something that you like – and if you’re around this time – maybe it’s worth that little effort.

Banlieues Bleues official website: www.banlieuesbleues.org

La Dynamo
9, rue Gabrielle Josserand
93500 Pantin

Access:
Bus 170 – 249 – 330
RER E Pantin
Métro ligne 7 Aubervilliers – Pantin – Quatre Chemins

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Safety and security in Paris

Posted by dan on February 16, 2011

Paris - Army patrol in Montmartre

Army patrol in Paris - Montmartre

Paris is one of the safest big cities in Europe, or the world for that matter, violent crime is very rare. Pickpocketing and different scams are more common, but with a little common sense they are easily avoidable. In a world of global terrorism another worry for many visitors is security – especially with these occasional warnings issued time to time – as Paris is just as much a possible target as any other city. I personally think these threats are often exaggerated, but it is good to be vigilant. The French army has been patrolling the streets for many years and you can see them at major tourist sites, at stations, in the airports. The patrol always consists of three, often women amongst them. I met this patrol in Montmartre – one French guy, an African and an Arab. Since my Arabic is better than my French I talked to the soldier of Moroccan origin and asked if they would mind if I take a picture. They were all friendly and nice and happily posed for a shot.

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Ghillie Dhu – design pub in Edinburgh

Posted by dan on February 10, 2011

 

Beer is on the way

Beer is on the way

Located close to the corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road, just below the Edinburgh Castle, it looks just an ordinary old stone-house characteristic of the New Town area.  However, as soon as you enter a different atmosphere awaits: the old features like wooden beams and exposed stone walls nicely blend in with the contemporary design. There is a big area in front of the bar to take standing crowds on busy nights, but there are also secluded little boxes for those who want more privacy. The food is great, with typical Scottish dishes like huggies along with the usual Brit pub food, and there is a wide selection of local and international beers and other drinks. Having a few pints you sure will have to visit the bathroom – the men having an opportunity to do it in buckets. An interesting and trendy pub for sure, a few steps off the main tourist path.

Ghillie Dhu
2 Rutland Place
Edinburgh
EH1 2AD

Official website: http://www.ghillie-dhu.co.uk/

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