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Romantic Evening in the City of Light for two and a half.
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David



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My dear city of Ottawa is also known as "the city that fun forgot" or alternatively "ennuie sur le Rideau" (The Rideau is one of the two rivers which grace the place, along with a canal!) Well, it is a government town after all!
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Andrew le Gourmand



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My old home was Calgary, Cow Town because if the Cattle that were historically important before Oil was discovered Edmonton, my new home calls itself the "City of Champions" but nobody seems to know why. An unkind Journo reported that British athletes at the Commonwealth Games 5 or 6 years ago referred to it as Deadmonton because... Well work it out.

London (the one in England) knows itself as The City but that's just pure swank.

I quite like Ottawa, ennuie or no it's my second fave city in Canada after Montréal but, although I was there three years I have no idea of Montréal's nicknames.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adelaide is The City of Churches, although these days quite a lot of them have been converted into nightclubs, shops (stores for any North Americans reading) and private homes.
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Griffin



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loughborough doesn't have a nickname. Where I used to live, Burgess Hill in Sussex had a rude nickname tho'!!

However, nearby Nottingham is called the Queen of the Midlands.

Not sure about Leicester tho'...!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a game show on the French tv last week, and they asked : "Which town is called Sin city ? There was a choice betweeen, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas ..
candidate : euh ? Chicago ?
host : why in your opinion ?
Candidate : er, in the american soap operas, I've never heard New York called Sin City ?
Host : but you've heard them call Chicago sIN cITY ?
candidate : er...no ....

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melinda



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i was born in the "City that care forgot" (New Orleans) and now live in the "Capital of the Confederacy" (Richmond) although they prefer the more welcoming "Virginia is for Lovers"
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Barbara



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Gold Coast has two.

Beautiful one day, perfect the next

and

A sunny place for shady people.
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David



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My home town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is known as "The City of Bridges" and very oddly "The Venice of the Prairies"!!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barbara, does "shady" have the same meaning it has here--slightly disreputable? Sort of like the idea behind "What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas."

"Venice of the Prairies" certainly makes one stop and ponder, doesn't it? (Made me laugh too!) Frequent flooding?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the latter part of the century, the Cote d'Azur had become, as Somerset Maugham put it, "a sunny place for shady people."
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Barbara



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gingerpale - yes exactly that.
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Lilia Dignan



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny that I'm reading this thread today - I am wearing one of those scarves that came from the orange box. This one came by me as a gift in 1982 and it still looks as new as when it first adorned my neck!

Andrew, you wife would love it. It lasts and lasts and lasts...............

As far as restaurants, I like the Guy Savoy bistro, Les Bouquinistes on 53 quai des Grands Augustins (6th). I also like Ze Kitchen Galerie up the street on 4, rue de Grands Augustins (which just earned its first Michelin *). An old favorite which serves classic French cuising is Au Petit Marguery at 9, bd. du Port Royal in the 13th.

Enjoy your planning!
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Andrew le Gourmand



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over the years I have bought three of those scarves in the orange boxes, two for my mother and one for an Ex Girlfriend. If you work the price out on a "Cost per Wear" basis, they are the cheapest gifts I ever gave.

I really need to get one for my lady wife.

Excellent recommendations for restos one and all, I'll need a longer vacation Very Happy or several Very Happy

I love the way this convo morphed into something else & now came right back on topic Razz thanks everyone.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrew, I had a lovely aunt who had lived in Europe and Britain for many years and, in the years before she died, started sending me my inheritance early, i.e., before she was gone and while she could see me enjoy her gifts. Waterford crystal, English china, Scottish woolens, Italian silver...and an orange box scarf. Said scarf is at least 40 years old 'cause that's when she lived in Paris, and it is still beautiful.

I now have two adult daughters and 2 little granddaughters. They'll be fighting over that scarf some day, I know.

So...bite the bullet, buy the scarf...your wife will love it and, eventually, so will your daughter. (Can't tell you how impressed I am that you've purchased 3 so far in your life...wow...)
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Andrew le Gourmand



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not a question of biting the bullet, it's a question of doing the thing right.

I could by the scarf in a store here or in Harrods but... Where's the romance in that? My daughter will get one of Nana's scarves one day, a long time from now I hope, and will love it. I will buy her mom one in the same place I bought that first one from, The shop at 24 rue Faubourg St Honoré. Anywhere else just isn't done, after the first one it's different.
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