I love – Jenni Sparks’ cutest and most detailed Paris maps!

Paris MAP Paris cool MAPS I was contacted by this amazing illustrator recently and really wanted to share her work with you because it's detailed awesomeness cannot go unheard of with my Parishues readers! Paris cool MAPS Maps are soooo boring unless you MAP PARIS IN STYLE! And this map is STYLE in it's essence. Honestly, the level of detail is gorgeous! Paris cool MAPS Read on...
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Jobs (tried and tested) to work around the world – Part 1

People often ask me how I have been able to travel so much and afford to live in different countries the way I have. I always respond the same way: I worked there. To travel is great but to go LIVE abroad is even greater. To wake up to newness, challenges, cultural differences, minute and big discoveries, every day. New smells, new light, new codes, new culture. It's a motivational EXPLOSION. So by looking back on the ways I was able to travel pre-kid and post-kid (because you CAN go live abroad when you have kids, no excuses) here are a few ideas of some jobs that enabled me and can therefore enable you, to leave the comfort of your local space for the comfort of newness and adventure. 1 - Teaching English Abroad Teaching English France TEFL around the world This is what enabled me to go live in a couple of countries and find work immediately. Do so I needed to have the TEFL diploma a (see link below) so I went to do a TEFL course in Madrid and the school that taught me how to become a teacher actually hired me after to teach students of English of all ages. It's fun, varied, flexible work and very inspiring if you like to meet the locals and experience the culture of where you live. The TEFL is easy enough to get if you work hard enough at it and is basically recognized everywhere in the world if you want to teach English. Go here for more info: worldteflassociation.com 2 - Work on a yacht or be skipper. Sailing France Read on...
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Iphone photography – some tips!

Iphone photography Iphone photography Iphone photography Being a blogger means taking photos. All the time. But it doesn't mean that I have my Canon with me at all times. I mean, I sometimes get caught out by a great image in front of my eyes and I haven't planned to go on a shoot or am not photography strolling. My iPhone is the best thing that I have for unplanned shots and I have Read on...
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Reflection on turning 40

40th Birthday 40th Birthday 40th Birthday It's about to happen. What used to be midlife but is now still youth for many of us, is hitting me tomorrow. And you know what? It's an awakening. I am not saying I know it all but hey, at the age of 39 years 364 days and give or take a few hours, I feel like I am entering a new phase but with a certain acquired inner serenity, a Read on...
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Hot Chocolate – Fluffy Bayonne Style

Cazenave Bayonne

Cazenave Bayonne   Cazenave Bayonne This place is bliss. Cazenave Bayonne You seen the film CHOCOLAT? Where Juliette Binoche moves into a small french town and opens up a chocolatery and drives the prude and often closed minded villagers into a frenzy of delight and happiness by giving them chocolate in all it's forms in her chocolaterie? I have found such a place. It exists and it's underneath the arches in Bayonne, South West France. I mean I knew Bayonne was famous for it's chocolate (see here) but this beats all chocoholic experiences. Read on...
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Rosa Bonheur – my favorite brasserie

Rosa Bonheur Paris In the middle of Le Parc des Buttes Chaumont, in front of where I lived for a while in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, sits a beautiful retro type Guingette (old fashioned bistro, very common to the edges of the Seine and the Marne, places where people would go to dance to local bands, to the music of accordions whilst having dinner or lunch). This place has now become an institution in Paris to all folk, young and old, winter or summer. Two large bars inside make queuing for your beer or coffee a little long but hey, what's a wait when you are in the middle of a hip crowd, listening to some great tunes and looking up at some fancy mismatched decorations filling ceilings and walls. Rosa Bonheur ParisRosa Bonheur Paris Read on...
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