I ❤️ Paris! (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.


I found this post from exactly a year ago, and I remember it because it was one of my most enjoyable posts to write, it brought back lots of happy memories.

It’s also poignant because it was my introduction to WordPress. I didn’t realise it at the time, but that was the platform this blogger used. So from her posts, I got an account, then discovered the reader and other blogs, and eventually moved my own blog here. Out of acorns…

Although I have now been here happily for several months, it is not all good news. I mentioned in my post that she could go months between entries, and earlier this year she hadn’t posted for ages so I went looking for her. Her blog was now private. I can only imagine that there was a lot going on with her, far more than she ever wrote in her blog. And it struck me as strange, when her blog was public, that she was quite stand-offish on the couple of times I commented on her posts. We bloggers usually tend to be a very friendly bunch. Maybe that’s the price of “fame”?

Mister Bump

I saw a nice surprise yesterday. Years ago I used to read a particular blog. In those days, I had no idea about platforms, I just signed up for emails when she posted. Her tale was interesting – she was an English woman living in Paris. I guess from her perspective, it was just “life”.

I used to love it in Paris, I’d have liked to have lived there myself, but my choice of career made that unlikely. IT is very English-language-focussed and France is, well, French! And by working in both London and New York, I was already in the Premier League, and France would have been a step backwards.

I must be roughly the same age as this woman, had kids at roughly the same time, etc. I think mine was a little bit older, but only by a couple of years. We diverged because while I was…

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Author: Mister Bump UK

Formerly Stroke Survivor UK. Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

7 thoughts on “I ❤️ Paris! (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)”

  1. I visited Paris once and I enjoyed it. Being neighbors and all you would think things are very much alike but there are big differences.
    I believe that a lot of people visit Paris for romance or how it is portrayed in movies, the whole atmosphere around Moulin Rouge, the bakery’s, the Seine and so on.
    But it is what it is, is a big city. I liked it there but you’re right about a lof of people being there.

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    1. I loved it there but it was before I really knew any other places in Europe. I suspect many /french people must see it the same as we see London – great to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. Incidentally I only ever visited Brussels once, and remember I fould it quite similar. But Brussels is not typical of Be.

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        1. I can imagine, the presence of the EU must push prices up everywhere. When I visited Strasbourg, that was expensive too. When I travelled to Be, I avoided Brussels – I got off the Eurostar at Lille and got a SNCF/SNCB which came up along the coast. I think it went to Amsterdam in the end.

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  2. I’ve been to Paris a number of times, including on our honeymoon. It’s a beautiful city. The only issue is that everyone speaks a strange language there. French, or something like that.

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    1. 🤣 Funnily enough, our honeymoon was in France too. Right down in the south by the Spanish border. We had the holiday booked then decided to get married on the spur of the moment. So it became a honeymoon.

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