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Paris Public Transport Sexual Harassment

Paris Public Transport Sexual Harassment


Something to think about  when using Public Transport in Paris
Paris is an extraordinary place. The civilized beauty of it's gardens and architecture can lead the visitor to feeling a false sense of security as they travel throughout the city. Street crime has been steadily growing over the past few years with pickpockets, street scammers and snatch and grabs leading the way. Another insidious crime has also been increasing; sexual harassment on Public Transport.

Interestingly, studies have shown that harassment does not usually take place on the Metro or RER late at night but rather on buses and school buses between 10.00 and 16.00.  Groping, verbal harassment and intimidation have all been reported as regular occurrences. Experiencing this type of abuse is upsetting and challenging for all women but female visitors to the city may feel particularly confronted and helpless, especially if they do not speak French.

If you find yourself the…

Asian Grocery Stores Esquiline Rome

Asian Grocery Stores
Esquiline-RomeA classic hotel room low cost meal has always been a version of the two minute noodle. Fast and hot, packed with goodness knows what, it has long been a staple of budget conscious travelers worldwide. Sometimes we just crave this naughty indulgence even when we are in a foodie paradise like Rome. 

Xin-Shi and the Pacific Trading Company sell these noodle quickies and all types of Asian delights along with bowls etc for only a few Euros. 

Xin Shi

Via Carlo Alberto 10/b 00185 Tel: 06 44702163 Hours: Mon-Sun 8.30-19.30 Disabled Access: Possible Products Include: Beer,noodles,bamboo shoots etc etc
Alimentari Casalinghi

& Western Grocery Store Via Carlo Alberto, 55/57 00185 Tel: 06 4466550 Fax: 06 4466550 Hours: Mon-Sat 8.00-20.00            Sun        12.00-19.00 Disabled Access: No Languages: Thai,Vietnamese & Chinese etc
Korean Market

Japanese & Korean Grocery Stores-Paris

Japanese & Korean Grocery Stores
You will find all manner Chinese Groceries in the 13e & 19e,but in the heart of Paris you will find Japanese & Korean.In the small triangle of Rue Sainte Anne across to Rue Saint Augustin and Avenue de l'Opera you will discover.......

Japanese& Korean Grocery Store & Fastfood 8 Rue Sainte Anne
Tel: 01 58 62 49 09
Hours:  Mon-Sun 10.00-21.00

Juyi Ya

Japanese Epicerie Fine & Fastfood

46 Rue Sainte Anne
Tel: 01 42 86 02 22
Hours: Mon-Sat 10.00-22.00                                                 Sun     10.00-21.00


Ace Market

Japanese& Korean Grocery Store & Fastfood

63 Rue Sainte Anne
Tel: 01 42 97 56 80
Hours: Mon-Sun 11.00-22.00

Ace Opera

Japanese Grocery Store
43 Rue Saint Augustin
Tel:01 40 07 93 57
Hours: Mon-Sat 10.00-20.00                                     Closed: Sun


Green Boat-Ste Maxime-St Tropez

Bateau Verts Ste Maxime-St Tropez
Good news if you are heading to either Sainte Maxime or Saint Tropez this summer. Between July & August the Bateau Verts (Green Boats) will be running 24/7
Anyone who has endured the interminable drive into & out of St Tropez in the height of the season will appreciate this service. It is also part of a road safety campaign to keep the roads safe from drink drivers!

If you are travelling on to Plage de Pampelone you can book a TukTuk thrusainttropeztourisme. Located in Golfe de Saint-Tropez these TukTuks seat 6 and make it the perfect option to get in & out quickly & dont want to catch a bus. Ore-books essential Tél. : +33 (0)6 41 760 760
Mail :

Inspector Rex,the Trains & You

Inspector Rex,the Trains & You 1st March 2015

As of the 25th Feb 2015,Canine units will be working the most busiest & crime riddled stations in Romes underground network.The dogs & their handlers will start at the Colosseo, Spagna, and Termini stations,and in the following months they will be also be deployed to the Flaminio, Ottaviano, and Piramide stations

The dogs & their handlers will be working in 10 hr shifts.The dogs are all highly trained & will not bite you if your 10 yr old wants to pat them.

ANSA link

A.( To be re-edited by Jess,my grammar is appalling)

Rome Termini Pick Pockets

So where are the Police?
Feb 2015

I read an interesting article inCorriere last night about the return(did they ever go) of pick pockets.These pick pockets are new an improved.Groups of about 8-10 young girls,all well dressed and all well versed in removing your wallet.
The usual tricks abound,crowding around you,cardboard pressed up against you and the best trick of all no police to be found.It seems that Milan,Copenhagen & Stockholm have a large police presence so they have moved further afield to Rome.
Located here during construction work 

The young girls are normally there at 7.00am and the older adults generally arrive later in the day.The main issue seems to be that the Police are not in attendance & these highly skilled pick pockets have the Termini Station to themselves.The Polfer,Polizia Ferrroviaria,the Train Station Police keep their operating hours close to their chest for reasons unknown.Unoffically their hours should be 06.00-24.00

The best not stop for a…

Heavy Security in Rome

Heavy Security in Rome
Feb 2015

Well those of us that can remember our history(thanks Tom Holland)the last Saracen raid was in 846 when the Muslim pirates sacked Rome..apparently ISIS they would like to do this again a thousand years later.So do not be surprised to see heavily armed police officers wearing body armour at all your favourite sites. There are an extra three thousand officers in the city.Not only are they patrolling monuments they are also patrolling around embassies. The obvious target is the US on the Via Veneto,so expect lengthy delays if you need to attend their offices 

The only benefit of all these heavily armed gypsies,no pick pockets & no phony gladiators harassing you to take a picture.I can't imagine they will be happy about the situation

A. (All my awful grammar will be fixed by Jess)   
Corriere Roma Story

Sunday Shopping in Paris

Sunday & Week-end Shopping in Paris

As of Sat 14th Feb,the " Macron " law was passed,which basically means that in designated tourist areas of Paris,Nice & Cannes,stores will be able to trade on a Sunday & late into the weekends.

Now,do no get to excited at the thought of all that extra shopping..they are only allowed to open a maximum of 12 Sundaysper year,so ostensibly that will be say Jun-Aug.The days the store opens will be at the discretion of the owner,So always check to make sure the store is open!As you can imagine in France the workers have been protected in regards to getting to & from work,child minding etc

How do I feel about this..well I remember running up to Galeries Lafayette on a Sunday to make a quick purchase in the foodhall...disappointment soon turned into joy.We spent the day in the Louvre.

Alice (bad grammar is all mine,Jess will recorrect my insane sentence structures :) )

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