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I keep receiving the same messages from family and friends, and would like to clarify a few things. You know, just to clear the air. Right, where do I start? First of all, we have water and electricity in London. Amazing, right? I know that we don’t have external shutters but I can assure that blinds work just as well.

Now, I know that it will be hard to swallow but the same goes with food. Yes, we have everything we need in London. Yes, there is food, and actually we eat quite well, save for the occasional sandwich of course. And if you are not convinced, just visit the Brixton market. It is a feast for the eyes…and the tastebuds!

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Why can’t you believe me? I assure you that the bread is as nice as in Paris, and croissants are just as buttery. For the records, there are many, many French in London. Some do know how to make a good croissant. And believe it or not, I have tasted the best eclairs au chocolat in London. No later than today, in fact. It was simply divine. For the record, I am not talking about the eclairs that are filled with chantilly (Yerk! I am not that British yet). No, I am talking about perfect pastry and the taste of melted dark chocolate. It made my day. I can’t wait to go back and buy more. You see, I was feeling a bit down with all the (French) bureaucracy and tax returns (see here if you want to know more:, and the eclair made me forget everything. Who needs therapy and lawyers when you can have such a good eclair au chocolat in the very heart of London? I think that I could live on eclairs au chocolat for the rest of my life. It’s a shame that I didn’t know where to get them before, because it would have cured all my heartbreaks. Such eclairs should be available on prescription, really. But I digress (Have you noticed that since I ran an ultra marathon I am obsessed with food? What is wrong with me?).

We have pharmacies, doctors, schools, shops, and supermarkets. We even have tubes and buses. We have cars and MOTs (the local equivalent of the controls technique). There are a few differences with France, as you will have read on this very blog, but you need to stop worrying, we are happy. And no, we have no plans to come back. Why can’t you believe me?