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Hotel review: The Hoxton Paris

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 11th October 2017

Forget Paris in the springtime. Paris in the autumn is far more fun – especially when it gives you the chance to stay at the latest addition to the Hoxton fold. The Hoxton Paris is less than a mile from the Gare du Nord, a half-hour walk if you’re trailing a suitcase on wheels. So after getting the first Eurostar out of London on a dreary Tuesday morning we were ...keep reading

#Tous au bistrot

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 27th November 2015

The French capital fell silent today, in tribute to the 130 victims who died at the hands of the terrorists in the Paris attacks. Blue, white and red flags fluttered from every window as survivors, relatives of the dead and political leaders gathered under a wintery sky for a remembrance ceremony at Les Invalides. It’s still hard to comprehend the terrible events of Friday November 13. But one thing’s for ...keep reading

The Paris attacks

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 17th November 2015

Three days after the horrific terror attacks in Paris I can’t stop thinking about those who died. Their faces stare out of the front pages – smiling, full of joie de vivre and heartbreakingly young. Like most people, I’ve spent hour after hour listening to the radio, unable to concentrate on anything else at all. The newspapers have done an exemplary job, reporting on the manhunt, interviewing the bereaved with sensitivity and ...keep reading

The calm after the storm

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 16th February 2014

What a week that was. I don’t know if it’s anything to do with us but since we moved to the Dorset seaside there’s been one storm after another. But they all paled into insignificance compared to Friday night’s tempest. Sitting in my first floor office I felt as though I was in a lighthouse. The wind and rain hammered furiously against the windows and the gale was so deafening ...keep reading

London to Paris in 24 hours – by bike

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 8th July 2013

Two little children were jumping up and down on the kerb, excitedly clutching homemade banners emblazoned with the words “you can do it.” I half wished I’d brought a banner along myself – just to cheer my husband and teenage son on their way. It was noon on Saturday and while most sensible people I know were looking forward to a weekend of Wimbledon or soaking up the sunshine my ...keep reading

A year in Paris

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 30th May 2013

Not long to go now. After a year in Paris studying at the Sorbonne my daughter will be home in two weeks time – and I can’t WAIT to see her. The last 12 months have been an amazing experience for her – and I’ve enjoyed it vicariously, via emails, texts, very long Skype calls and yes, quite a few trips across the Channel. And one thing is for sure, ...keep reading

Snow in Paris

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 25th February 2013

Victoria Beckham looked frozen as she watched her husband make his debut for Paris St-Germain last night. I’ve just spent two days in Paris and I’ve rarely felt so cold. The temperature never lifted above -2 degrees, there was a biting wind and flurries of snow fell all weekend. My daughter wore three jumpers and I kept my Brora fingerless glovesand scarf on indoors and out. We had to dive ...keep reading

Les Misérables – rapturous applause from the audience

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 13th January 2013

I’ve been longing to see the movie of Les Misérables since last spring, when I unexpectedly stumbled on to the film set during a visit to Greenwich. With filming due to take place the following day, I couldn’t quite work out how the giant stone elephant and extraordinary pile of old wood, furniture and rubbish the crew had built next to the Old Royal Naval College would look in the ...keep reading

From Paris to South Wales – how I sent my son pizza across the channel

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 11th December 2012

The hall’s full of bike bits, there’s a ton of washing (make that two tons) scattered across the floor and a well-thumbed copy of The Cyclist’s Training Bible is propped up on the kitchen table. It can only mean one thing. Yes, my son’s back from his first term at university and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t know why, but I was worried he might be different. But he isn’t. ...keep reading

A December weekend in Paris

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 5th December 2012

As regular readers will know, my student daughter is at university in Paris this year. She’s settled into a flat on the Left Bank and, three months on, her French is pretty fluent. She says she still sounds English but that’s hardly surprising. Unless you’ve spoken French from the age of two or three it’s impossible to sound completely français. I’m trying not to be a clingy parent, I really ...keep reading