La Monnaie
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La Monnaie

I went backstage at La Monnaie opera yesterday for a feature and interviewed Peter de Caluwe, the director. He was completely lovely and electrically passionate about his job and about opera generally. He said this, which I found quite striking. “I went to a lousy cinema yesterday with a gut smell and I paid €10. For … Continue reading

Le Chalet Robinson
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Le Chalet Robinson

The Chalet Robinson from Metropolitan magazine. This is the place we go without fail for kids’ birthdays (and actually my birthday too) and the place I recommend people go with their children when they visit the city. Because: A BOAT RIDE. RABBITS. CHIPS. SALTED CARAMEL SUNDAES. And, most importantly, Gertrude the mentally defective goose. As … Continue reading

Ciel mes Bijoux! Excelsior
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Ciel mes Bijoux! Excelsior

My Saturday afternoons seem to have developed a pattern recently while my children are at their dorky (and completely damn life-saving) science club: go to the Sablon (laugh at people in elaborate ‘country’ outfits: orange cords, full body tweed, good hattage) and find a new, beautiful, out-of-my-price-range shop to obsess about. Today’s discovery was the … Continue reading