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Simon Says
Married with children, British nationality, live in Brussels, in steady employment. I like mornings, toast with lots of butter, and staring out of windows.
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  • Les Crayères 6 days ago A hard morning looking at trees and stained glass certainly builds up an appetite, so for lunch on our last day in Champagne we’d foreseen a trip to a little place on the outskirts of Reims called Les Crayères. In fact we’d only found it after we’d booked our hotel in Épernay; otherwise...
  • Bubbly 1 week ago Call it poor planning, but it wasn’t until we arrived for our weekend in the Champagne region that it occurred to me that I wasn’t really all that interested in champagne. I can happily drink a glass or two on special occasions, but I can think of things I’d rather do than spend a day […]
  • The Twisted Beech 1 week ago Below is a favourite tree of mine from Hyde Park in London. The wide, knobbly, twisted trunk reaches a certain height and then the branches all droop down towards the ground, forming a canopy. It’s great for hiding underneath. Last weekend we were driving through the Champagne region of France...
  • Villa in the Sky 2 weeks ago Whenever we told people we were going to eat at Villa in the Sky they would invariably reply “Oh, that one where you dangle from a crane?”. No, this one is in a proper building, although it matches Dinner in the Sky for sheer vertiginousness. Much like The Cube, this is basically a large glass...
  • Stunted family tree 2 weeks ago Last night we went to dinner at a chef friend‘s house. There were ten of us in total; five of whom I’d never met before. During pre-meal cocktails (which reminds me, I need to go shopping) we exchanged some basic personal information, including, as is normal in gatherings in Brussels, a potted... Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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