Be warned! Foreign Affairs departments go to great lengths to make sure their citizens are aware of the dangers of being a tourist in Paris. Protect personal belongings; beware bag snatching and pick pocketing; avoid demonstrations and political rallies; avoid public transport from airports to Paris; beware ATM scams and credit [...]
Etcetera is about all those other things, the bits and pieces that don't fit easily into our main categories, but are still a vital part of our experience in France. They are the quirky, humorous, unusual and not too serious stories that often go untold. They are the extras that we find interesting about people, animals, sport, cars, travel, shopping, nature, industry, politics, etc. etc.etc.
The French Blood Bank are always in need of blood donors. They even provide refreshments and, sometimes, entertainment - a clown and a magician to keep you smiling! Well, one morning in Bordeaux, I could have done with the clown and magician. Waking from a deep sleep, I noticed an [...]