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How to recover from the World Cup blues?

By Annie Ring

How to recover from the World Cup blues?

Things to do in Paris and London while everyone else is mourning the end of the World Cup

Since the 9th June we have been surrounded by World Cup fever.  But what are we to do now television sets and stereos are no longer blaring out their nationalistic din?  Here are some ideas to stimulate your mind, body and senses this summer in our two favourite cities and further a field!

In Paris

- Go book shopping in Gibert Jeune, M° St Michel and allow yourself to be bewitched by Amelie Nothomb, chez Editions Albin Michel

- Climb the hill to Europe’s first ever construction made entirely of iron in the Jardin des Plantes

- Enjoy delicious authentic Vietnamese food in little-known but lively Belleville, while watching the world go by

- Or Indian for 5 euros in Passage Brady, M° Strasbourg St Denis

- Take your rug and a picnic to Parc de la Villette for free open air cinema

- Feed the ducks in the Square des Batignoles

- Join a café philo

In London

- Do London by bike and bask in that über-green feeling

- See the Lindisfarne Bible in the British Library, Tube Russell Square/King’s Cross

- Marvel at the variety and fragrance in Queen Mary’s Rose garden, Regent’s Park, and exercise your right to lie down on the grass

- Go charity shopping in Hammersmith: check out marvellous new shop Traid for recycled clothing, all profits go to development projects

- Don your hippy garbs and savour strawberries dipped in melted chocolate in Camden Lock

- Talk to the cacti in Kew Gardens

- Take someone up the London Eye


- Dig out your yarn and start training for the 2007 knitting Olympics 

- Find out about the life-enhancing properties of the fruit and veg at your local market and enjoy making your lunch as colour-varied as possible

- Make your own ice cream, manually.  Trying adding lavender to your sugar to add an extra summery zing to classic vanilla!

- Discover yoga and hone your lost childhood ability to execute perfect headstands, shoulder stands and the bridge

- Take up self-defence (anything involving chest-butt-deflecting manoeuvres…)

- Help save water by investing a few pounds in a water ‘hippo’ and a water butt for the garden

- Donate your television to Oxfam Home

Annie Grace Helena Ring
11th July 2006


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