Welcome to my world! My name's Nik, and I'm a British expatriate who has been living in Paris, France for the last five years. Even though I never planned to stay in Paris for very long, now I'm here I've no plans to leave soon - the beauty of Paris has never worn off, and so far it's been a five year long vacation! Enjoy my ramblings...

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Another big gap between entries! A combination of not having internet access at home and a lack of anything useless to say...

I did actually go down to Paris Plage the other day, so that ought to have inspired me. Particularly as it was better than I expected. I've been a bit dismissive of it to be honest - mum phoned me the other day saying how a UK newspaper had a Paris special, and was enthusing about how the mayor was doing so much for Paris. Their key point was the beach by the Seine, and what a wonderful thing it is. I told her not to believe anything you read in the press, and that it was still just a road with a kitty litter problem.

As you can tell I've never been that impressed by it. If a truck dumped a load of sand by a busy highway, you wouldn't think - ah, a nice spot to catch some rays. It always seemed to be still 'too much tarmac, not enough beach' to escape being a gimick.

However, the other night we sat in the cafe area which was right on the bank of the Seine. Some grubby sand on the floor made it beach-ish, but it was actually pretty good (I was not about to take off my shoes though). A river side bar has always been an area lacking in Paris - when thinking of where to go for a drink in Paris, you often think by the river would be nice, but really there's virtually nowhere that is actually right there by the water. A couple of floating bars, but they're a bit touristy (and small. And they don't sit still). The closest you can get is by doing it 'a la vagrant' style.

So we sat there and watched the tourist boats go by, blinding us with their floodlights. It was very nice indeed. So my dismissiveness of the Paris Plage has now been downgraded to 'mostly crap' :-)