So you’re ready to start running in Paris? Bravo! Paris is a wonderful city for running. Wonderful, that is, so long as you know where to go, because negotiating the ever-present cobblestones can be tricky at best, and ankle and knee shredding at worst.
What does it mean to be "spiritual"? For the past 30 years, I was and am searching for transcendence, multidimensionality, whatever you want to call it: to have an answer to that eternal question : ”is that all there is?” and if not, then, what else is there?
Nearly every day for seven years now, my morning ritual has included a cloud of smoke hanging over a throng of students, many of whom have a cigarette in hand... No matter which arrondissement teens come from, the clothes they wear and the music they listen to, their main accessory is a cigarette (aka a “clope”).
Amazed by what the French can eat in a week’s time and still stay slim? They regularly eat chocolate, full-fat yogurts and cheese, bread, delicious desserts, rich sauces, and the list goes on and on. Yet, France has one of the lowest obesity rates in the world.
The French excel in the art of eating and revel with every delicious mouthful of food. The idea of not eating certain things, especially something as delectable as a French pastry, is almost unfathomable to most French people. However, with the ever-growing number of people becoming gluten-free, Paris had a choice to make… and so did I.