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H(Oc­to­ber is­sue), I found my­self float­ing in mem­o­ries of my part­ner, Rami. My first stop was Ian Moore’s ‘Wear­ing rosé-tinted spec­ta­cles’. I found my­self laugh­ing at his ex­pe­ri­ences of en­joy­ing many glasses of rosé and re­mem­ber­ing Rami’s love of rosé, es­pe­cially on vis­its to Provence. How­ever, I also had an­other rea­son for mem­o­ries flood­ing back – the term ‘rose-tinted spec­ta­cles’. For a num­ber of years, Rami lit­er­ally wore rose-tinted glasses ( see photo) and loved it when peo­ple com­mented on his choice. He would al­ways an­swer that he liked to see ‘ la vie en rose’.

My other trip down mem­ory lane was sparked by the ar­ti­cle on El­iz­a­beth Bard. I have read both her books and look for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to try a Scaramouche ice cream the next time I’m in Mont­martre.

When I read her first book, she had me laugh­ing and cry­ing in equal mea­sure. I met Rami in the UK about the same year that El­iz­a­beth met Gwen­dal. I re­lated to some of the joys, prob­lems and mis­un­der­stand­ings that oc­cur from two cul­tures and lan­guages com­ing to­gether. Through Rami I learned about Paris: the won­der­ful places to visit, where to sit with a cof­fee to watch the ‘street movies’, the best mar­kets to buy the fresh­est food for lunch, or where to go to have the best views across the city.

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